FROM THE ARCHIVE 380 -1959-

Cry Me A River  (with Geoff Love & his orchestra) is a song from her third album, The Fabulous Shirley Bassey, also issued as the Wonderful Shirley Bassey her debut for Columbia in 1959.  CD Re-Issue 1999 by EMI.

Charts:Entered: Jan 26 1961
Highest: Albums: #5 Run: 2 weeks.

Below a few newspaper articles from that year about Shirley Bassey leaving Philips for Columbia.

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Sleeve Note from The Fabulous Shirley Bassey

The word “fabulous” is probably the most over-worked and misused adjective in present-day show business. Many are called “fabulous” but few can really live up to the reputation. We do not hesitate to describe SHIRLEY BASSEY in this way when presenting this wonderful record.

Shirley Bassey’s visits to the recording studios created an electric atmosphere of anticipation that prevailed among all the personnel connected with the session – the musicians , the recording engineers and the studio staff. The control room of the studio never had so many visitors calling in with the slightest excuse just to see and bear this great artiste.

Shirley’s rise to fame is already one of the outstanding stories of the present day. She was born in Cardiff in 1937 and before she was 21 years of age had achieved a world-wide reputation, appearing in Las Vegas, Hollywood, New York, Stockholm, Monte Carlo, Sydney and Melbourne. In England she is one of the greatest artistes to have appeared during recent years.

Her first great impact when famous impresario, Jack Hylton, included her in his Adelphi Theatre, London, production “Such Is Life.” She was an overnight sensation, literally “stopping the show” and winning national press acclaim from all theatre critics the next morning.

From then on Shirley Bassey went from strength to strength – triumphant in all fields of entertainment – theatre, revue, television, cabaret and records.

Although this is her first recording for Columbia, she recently held the number one and three spots in the hit parade with her now famous recordings of “As I Love You” and “Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me.”

Listeners to this L.P. will immediately appraise the great variety of style and interpretation with which Shirley approaches her songs, from the swinging A Foggy Day In London Town, to her moving and sentimental approach to The Party’s Over.

Shirley is also the first to praise the excellent arrangements of musical director Geoff Love. Geoff has been responsible for the accompaniments of many artists – too numerous to mention them all – but he can praise non more highly than Shirley Bassey. Immediately this record was completed Geoff said “When do we begin another?”

We feel sure you will say the same when you listen to THE FABULOUS SHIRLEY BASSEY.

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Lyrics:

Now you say you’re lonely
You cry the long night through
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

Now you say you’re sorry
For being so untrue
Well, you can cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you

You drove me, nearly drove me out of my head
While you never shed a tear
Remember, I remember, all that you said
Told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me and
Now you say you love me
Well, just to prove that you do
Come on and cry me a river
Cry me a river
I cried a river over you
I cried a river over you
I cried a river…over you…

3 thoughts on “FROM THE ARCHIVE 380 -1959-”

  1. Thank you Pieter. I enjoyed this archive very much. Wow, at only twenty four years of age DSB had a lot going on, a new album and a possible law suit by her former manager Michael Sullivan. She and Norm Newell, as well as Geof Love collaborated exceptionally together on many albums. DSB sings the above song with much passion…exceptional.

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  2. Thanks for the info Pieter, and I agree with Sbettybooi in her comment. This song is a powerful rendition of this classic song that’s been covered by so many over the years. But Dame Bassey
    really nails it. It’s one I dont play alot to appreciate it more- just love it.

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