Written by Arthur Hamilton and first published in 1953, Cry Me a River, a classic American torch song, was recorded by Julie London in 1955. The song was written for Ella Fitzgerald to sing in the 1920’s-set film, Pete Kelly’s Blues (released 1955), but was dropped before production. While the most popular rendition is the one by Julie London, it has been recorded by several iconic singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, and Eva Cassidy. Following are my favorite versions to sing.
Performed by Julie London
Watch Julie London Version on YouTube
Performed by Diana Krall