Solomon Burke

Cry to Me

Composed by Bert Russell

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"Cry to Me" was a hit first for Solomon Burke, the towering (literally and figuratively) Philadelphia soul singer who recorded a swinging version of it for Atlantic Records in 1962. England's the Pretty Things did a slightly more sultry version of it three years later. But it is the version cut -- also in 1965 -- by the Rolling Stones that cuts to the core of the lyric. Bert Berns was a legendary figure, one of those music industry folks of the '60s that wore many hats: writer (in the Brill Building); producer; instrumentalist; record company owner -- he did it all. Perhaps he will best be remembered as the man who had Van Morrison's first American contract and released Morrison's first solo hit, "Brown Eyed Girl." Berns mostly wrote upbeat pop hits like "Twist and Shout" and "A Little Bit of Soap." "Cry to Me" is like those in terms of chord progression and melody and the Burke version is vaguely Caribbean in rhythmic feel, like "A Little Bit of Soap." But the lyric of the song is solemn in its deep study of loss and loneliness: "When you're all alone in your lonely room/And there's nothing but the smell of her perfume/Don't you feel like crying?" The upbeat tempo does not work with the words to create tension. Rather, it just seems at odds and distracts from the sharp, palatable images. The Rolling Stones understood this. The version of "Cry to Me" on their 1965 Out of our Heads is slow and soulful and makes a case for Mick Jagger to be counted -- even early on in his career -- as a soul singer on a par with some of the best America had to offer.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1962 Rhino
Rock 'n' Soul 1964 Sequel
The Best of Solomon Burke 1965 Atlantic 2:32
Soul Alive! 1983 Rounder 2:13
No Image 1984 Charly Records
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 4 (1958-1962) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:30
More Dirty Dancing 1987
Original Soundtrack
RCA 2:23
Rhythm & Blues: 1962 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Home in Your Heart: The Best of Solomon Burke 1992 Rhino 2:30
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: R&B Gems, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:33
The Best of Solomon Burke [Curb] 1994 Curb 2:35
The Very Best of Solomon Burke 1998 Rhino Atlantic 2:34
If You Need Me/Rock 'n' Soul 1998 Collectables 2:31
Every Tone a Testimony: An African American Aural History 2001
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2:16
The King of Blues 'N' Soul 2001 Fuel 2000 1:58
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Hear Music
Got to Get You Off My Mind and Other Hits 2003 Collectables 2:35
Dirty Dancing: Ultimate Dirty Dancing 2003
Original Soundtrack
RCA 2:31
Beg, Scream & Shout!: Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Cotillion / Rhino 2:36
Ocean Boulevard 2004
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:28
Ocean Boulevard, Vol. 1: The Warner-Atlantic-Atco Masters 2005
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:28
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005
Various Artists
Um3 2:34
Rhino Hi-Five: Solomon Burke 2005 Atlantic 2:34
The Essentials 2005 WEA International 2:34
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 5: 1961-1965 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:36
The Definitive Soul Collection 2006 Rhino 2:35
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:36
The Platinum Collection 2007 WEA International 2:32
The King Live at AVO Session Basel 2007 Audiovisual
Blue and Soulful 2007 Rhino 2:36
The Bert Berns Story, Vol. 1: Twist and Shout 1960-1964 2008
Various Artists
Ace 2:30
Immortal Soul: Essential Recordings from the Golden Age 2008
Various Artists
Nordstrom
Only the Best of Solomon Burke 2009 Collectables 2:31
The Last Great Concert 2012 Rockbeat Records 2:33
The  Twisted Wheel: Brazennose & Whitworth Street, Manchester 1963-71: It's Where It's At 2013
Various Artists
Charly Records / Charly UK 2:31
Sweet Soul Music 2013
Various Artists
Delta / Performance
Live at Montreux 2006 2013 Eagle Records / Eagle Rock 2:45
Dirty Dancing: L'Histoire Originale sur Scène 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:32
100 Tubes Soul, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Warner Music
A Soul Awakening: From Sacred to Secular
Various Artists
History of Soul Records 2:30
Anthems: Soul Classics
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 2:24
Classic Rock N Roll [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Club Soul, Vol.2: The Twisted Wheel
Various Artists
Charly 2:31
De Pre Historie: 1961, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Eva 2:34
Live in Europe 2006 Salvo Sound Vision
Music from the House That Ahmet Built
Various Artists
Rhino 2:36
Northern Soul All Nighter [One Day]
Various Artists
One Day Music
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:30
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
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