Julie London: Cry Me a River


Cry Me a River


Julie London (vocals)


The Very Best of Julie London (EMI 12129)

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Julie London (vocals), Barney Kessel (guitar), Ray Leatherwood (bass).

Composed by Arthur Hamilton


Recorded: Los Angeles, October 1955


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

After costarring at 18 in a jungle movie with Olympic swimmer Buster Crabbe, Julie London transitioned from fetching ingénue to sultry chanteuse. Her 1955 single "Cry Me a River" (water again) swirled 15 weeks among the Top 50, swept her debut LP into the Top 10, splashed her back onscreen in The Girl Can't Help It, and landed her on Life's cover. Blessed with Barney Kessel's hush-hush backing and a lyric deft enough to use "plebian" unpretentiously, Julie rekindles the intimacy and irony of those smoky, dimly lit, off-the-beaten-track little bars where 1950s jazz sulked too long over a watery drink.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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