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"Crying Time"
Crying Time - Ray Charles.jpeg
Single by Ray Charles
from the album Crying Time
B-side"When My Dreamboat Comes Home"
ReleasedNovember 1965 [1]
Genre Country
Label ABC-Paramount Records
Songwriter(s) Buck Owens
Producer(s) Sid Feller
Ray Charles singles chronology
" The Cincinnati Kid"
"Crying Time"
" Together Again"

"Crying Time" is a song from 1964 written and originally recorded by the American country music artist Buck Owens. [2] It gained greater success in the version recorded by Ray Charles, which won two Grammy Awards in 1967. Numerous other cover versions have been performed and recorded over the intervening years.

Original release by Buck Owens, Capitol 5336, 1964.


Owens recorded the original version of his song and released it as the B side to the 45 single " I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" in 1964, Capitol 5336, but it failed to reach the music charts. A cover version of "Crying Time" was then recorded by R&B singer Ray Charles, and his version proved to be a hit. Featuring backing vocals by the Jack Halloran Singers and The Raelettes, the song reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1966. [2] [3] Charles' version of the song also peaked at number five on the R&B chart and spent three weeks at number one on the easy listening chart. [4] In the United Kingdom, the song reached number 50 on the UK Singles Chart. [5] In addition, Charles' version of "Crying Time" won two Grammy Awards in 1967, in the categories Best R&B Recording and Best R&B Solo Performance. [2]


Charles intended his version of Owens' song to be a tribute to the country music style he appreciated (Charles had successfully covered other country music songs in the past, such as " I Can't Stop Loving You"). He was quoted as saying that he didn't record "Crying Time" and other country songs written by Owens "out of disrespect for Buck. I'm crazy about Buck. But I heard something that fit my style. The key was keeping my style while watching my style work in different ways." [4]

Chart history

Cover versions

See also


  1. ^ a b Top 50 Adult Contemporary Hits of 1966
  2. ^ a b c "Crying Time - Ray Charles - Song Info - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  5. ^ "Official Charts Company - Ray Charles - Cryin' Time". 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1966-02-14. Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  7. ^ "Official Charts Company". {{ cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= ( help)
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN  0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, February 19, 1966
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  11. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 24, 1966
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 231. ISBN  978-0-89820-203-8.
  13. ^ Janjatović, Petar (2007). EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960–2006. Belgrade: self-released. p. 62.