"Crying Time" is a song from 1964 written and originally recorded by the American
country music artist
Buck Owens. 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.
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."
Andre Hazes recorded the song with new Dutch lyrics for his 1989 blues album Dit Is Wat Ik Wil (This Is What I Want) as Jammer (It's a pity), a warning against pollution of the earth. The song, released as a single, features a guitar solo by
Dinamiti made a recording of their version in 1964, but it remained unpublished until 2005, when it appeared on the
box setKad je rock bio mlad - Priče sa istočne strane (1956-1970) (When Rock Was Young - East Side Stories (1956-1970)), released by
Croatia Records and featuring songs by the pioneering Yugoslav rock acts.