Occasionally, the Song of the Day idea starts with a Greatest-Hits record that has multiple candidates, and I pick based on which turns up the best live video. Today’s Greatest Hits are those of Julie London, and it was a tough choice, but what a beautiful piece of singing Cry Me a River is.

Julie London Cry Me a River

It was tough because Julie, in my opinion, also owns the best-ever recordings of A Taste of Honey (the Beatles’ version pretty well sucks, while Martin Denny and Herb Alpert are only pretty good) and also of Light My Fire (the Doors’ version doesn’t suck, but Julie brings a hundred times as much sex which in popular music trumps great instrumental breaks. But I digress.)

No problem, because Cry Me a River is right up there, and has better video.

Cry Me a River was writte in 1953 by Arthur Hamilton and sold a million (literally) copies for Julie London, partly because it was on the soundtrack of The Girl Can’t Help It.

Julie London is among those Song-of-the-Day artists who’ve previously received attention here at ongoing. Last time out, I featured Come On-A My House, which probably deserves to appear in this series at some point. From that, let me reproduce this quote from Ms London: “It’s only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of oversmoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate.” She’s being way overly modest, because her technique with breath and throat and vibrato is miraculous. But yeah, smoky and intimate. Ms London knew exactly what she was doing and was very good at it.

This is part of the Song of the Day series (background).

Links · iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, live video in B&W or color (don’t miss either). Searching these up required fighting through a bunch from some dude named Timberlake who has a song of the same name which isn’t bad for industrial pop, but why would a human being invade a great song’s namespace like this?


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From: Chris Lindley (Jan 22 2018, at 05:17)

Enjoying the SotD posts, so thanks! It would be really, really nice if you would publish a playlist (on whatever service you prefer) towards the end. I would certainly listen to it!


From: Tim Danner (Jan 22 2018, at 13:09)

I have been adding the songs to an Apple Music playlist as the posts get published. Here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/ongoing-song-of-the-day/pl.u-AkVbkSqGylr


From: Chris Lindley (Jan 23 2018, at 01:47)

Nice! Thank you!


From: JD (Feb 06 2018, at 04:44)

Unfortunately that album is not available on the US iTunes store. It tries to redirect me to the Canadian store :-(


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