I Cried For You
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I Cried For You

"I Cried for You" is a pop and jazz standard with music written by Gus Arnheim and Abe Lyman, with lyrics by Arthur Freed[1]. It was introduced by Abe Lyman and His Orchestra in 1923. The recording by Benny Krueger and His Orchestra the same year peaked at number 2 for two weeks and remained in the charts for ten weeks at large. Also in 1923 another interpretation of the song by the Columbians reached number 14 for one week. 15 years later in 1938 two new recordings peaked both number 13 in the Billboard charts, Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra with Kathleen Lane on vocals and an interpretation by Bing Crosby (a minor hit for him). Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra followed the next year, peaking at number 6, and in 1942 Harry James' recording was the last to get into the Billboard charts, peaking at number 19.[2]

I Cried for You was also featured in several films including the musical short Alladin from Manhattan (1936) (starring Ruth Etting), The Women (1939), Idiot's Delight (1939) and Babes in Arms, sung by Judy Garland (1939). In 1944 Helen Forrest sang it in Bathing Beauty with Harry James and His Music Makers. Frank Sinatra interpreted the song in The Joker Is Wild (1957), and Diana Ross sang it in Lady Sings the Blues, personifying Billie Holiday (1972).[3]


Sortable table
Date Main recording artist Featured vocalists
(or instrumental)
Album title, notes
1923 Abe Lyman and His Orchestra (instrumental?) First recording of the song
1923 Columbians (instrumental?) cf. 1923 in music
1923 Benny Krueger and His Orchestra (instrumental?) cf. 1923 in music, 10 weeks in the charts, peaking two weeks at number 2.
1932 Connee Boswell Connee Boswell 78 rpm, Brunswick BX-11569[4]
1932 Red Nichols and His Orchestra Chick Bullock 78 rpm, Brunswick B-11332[5]
1935 Mildred Bailey and Her Orchestra Mildred Bailey 78 rpm Shellac, Parlaphone 2675[6]
1936 Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra Billie Holiday With Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney and Jonah Jones; The Quintessential Billie Holiday Volume 2, cf. 1936 in music
1937 Benny Goodman Quintet (instrumental) cf. 1937 in music
1937 Glen Gray and The Casa Loma Orchestra Kenny Sargent cf. 1937 in music
1937-41 Kate Smith Kate Smith
1938 Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra Kathleen Lane cf. 1938 in music, peaked nr. 13, Casa Loma on Hi-Fi, rel. 1956
1938 Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra (instrumental) Contrasts, arranged by Tutti Camarata
1938 Bing Crosby with The John Scott Trotter Orchestra Bing Crosby recorded December 12, 1938,[7] peaked nr. 13
1939 Judy Garland Judy Garland Feat. in the film Babes in Arms, cf. 1939 in music
1939 Glen Gray and The Casa Loma Orchestra (instrumental?) peaked nr. 6
1930s Sid Phillips (instrumental)
1930s Lee Wiley Lee Wiley
1942 Harry James and His Orchestra Helen Forrest cf. 1942 in music, peaked nr. 19
1945 Erroll Garner (instrumental) cf. 1945 in music
1946 Jazz at the Philharmonic Billie Holiday On June 3, with Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Lester Young and Buck Clayton
1946 Andy Russell and The Pied Pipers Andy Russell cf. 1946 in music
1947 Louis Armstrong Velma Middleton Satchmo at Symphony Hall, released in 1951
1947 Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan cf. 1947 in music
1948 Louis Armstrong & the All-Stars Velma Middleton The Fabulous 1948 Paris Concert Vol. 1, released in 1978
1952 Count Basie and His Orchestra Helen Humes TV Broadcast[8]
1952 Five Keys Rudy West, Dickie Smith
1954 Billie Holiday Billie Holiday With Oscar Peterson and Charlie Shavers Billie Holiday for Clef/Verve,
1955 Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan After Hours with Sarah Vaughan
1956 Eddy Arnold Eddy Arnold cf. 1956 in music
1956 Cliff Edwards with The Wonderland Jazz Band Cliff Edwards Ukulele Ike Sings Again
1956 Billie Holiday Billie Holiday The Essential Billie Holiday: Carnegie Hall Concert Recorded Live
1956 Rita Reys with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers Rita Reys The Cool Voice of Rita Reys (Philips)
1956 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Featured in the film The Joker Is Wild, cf. 1956 in music
1957 Della Reese Della Reese [9]
1957 Ethel Ennis with Orchestra cond. by Neal Hefti Ethel Ennis Change of Scenery, cf. 1957 in music
1957 Woody Herman and His Orchestra (instrumental) Live in Stereo at Marion June 8 - 1957 featuring Bill Harris
1957 Matt Monro with The Malcolm Lockyer Orchestra Matt Monro Blue and Sentimental
1957 Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan Swingin' Easy
1958 Connie Francis Connie Francis Who's Sorry Now, cf. 1958 in music
1959 Polly Bergen with Orchestra cond. by Luther Henderson Polly Bergen My Heart Sings
1959 Vic Damone with Orchestra cond. by Jack Marshall Vic Damone On the Swingin' Side, cf. 1959 in music
1959 Sonny King with Orchestra cond. by Van Alexander Sonny King For Losers Only, "Colpix Find of the Year", arr. by Johnny Williams
1959 Jimmy Rushing Jimmy Rushing Rushing Lullabies with Ray Bryant on piano
1960 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Let No Man Write My Epitaph
1960 Zoot Sims (instrumental) Down Home
1961 Count Basie and His Orchestra Sarah Vaughan Count Basie / Sarah Vaughan
1962 Al Hirt Dean Martin Trumpet and Strings, cf. 1962 in music
1962 Carmen McRae Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics
1963 Wayne Newton Wayne Newton Danke Schoen
1963 Sarah Vaughan with Woody Herman Sarah Vaughan 1963 Live Guard Sessions
1964 Ray Charles Ray Charles Sweet and Sour Tears
1965 Big Maybelle Big Maybelle The Soul of Big Maybelle (Scepter)[10]
1965 Rita Reys with the Pim Jacobs Trio Rita Reys Congratulations in Jazz
1968 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 30 by Ella
1972 Carmen McRae Carmen McRae The Great American Songbook, live recording with Jimmy Rowles and Joe Pass
1972 Diana Ross Diana Ross Featured in the film Lady Sings the Blues, a biopic tributed to Billie Holiday
1974 Dean Martin Dean Martin cf. 1974 in music
1976 Bertice Reading Bertice Reading The Two Moods of Bertice Reading
1977 Rosemary Clooney Rosemary Clooney Everything's Coming Up Rosie
1978 Anita O'Day Anita O'Day There's Only One...
1985 Rita Reys with the Pim Jacobs Trio Rita Reys Live at the Concertgebouw - Special Guest Louis van Dijk
1993 Dave Brubeck (instrumental) Trio Brubeck
2001 Etta Jones Etta Jones Sings Lady Day
2003 Elkie Brooks with Humphrey Lyttelton Elkie Brooks Trouble in Mind
2006 Stephanie Nakasian Stephanie Nakasian Thrush Hour: A Study of the Great Ladies of Jazz, emulating Carmen McRae
2009 Kalil Wilson Kalil Wilson Easy to Love


  1. ^ Cf. Catalog of Copyright Entries: Third series.
  2. ^ Cf. Jazzstandards.com citing Joel Whitburn: Pop Memories 1890-1954: The History of Popular Music, Record Research Inc 1992, ISBN 978-0-89820-083-6.
  3. ^ Cf. Jazzstandards.com
  4. ^ Cf. The Boswell Sisters Discography 1925 - 1936 on Guymcafee.com
  5. ^ Cf. The Boswell Sisters Discography 1925 - 1936 on Guymcafee.com
  6. ^ Cf. 78discography.com
  7. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "I Cried for You" on YouTube
  9. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Cf. Big Maybelle Discography on Soulfulkindamusic.com

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