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Johnnie Ray
"16 Most Requested Songs"

© Columbia/Legacy Records< Year of Release: 1991

track listing
  • Cry
  • Walking My BabyBack Home
  • All Of Me
  • Whiskey And Gin
  • Let's Walk That-A-Way
  • Don't Blame Me
  • The Little White Cloud
    That Cried
  • Just Walkin' In The Rain
  • (Here I Am) Broken Hearted
  • Tell The Lady
    I Said Goodbye
  • Why Should I Be Sorry
  • Glad Rag Doll
  • Hey There
  • Please Mr. Sun
  • Such A Night
  • As Time Goes By

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    "16 Most Requested Songs"

    As a child, I would see Johnnie Ray records at garage sales. His most famous #1 hit, "Cry" and it's B-side, "The Little White Cloud That Cried" was a 78 rpm record I had. I have been a huge fan of his music, and every Johnnie Ray record I would find at the many garage sales was a must to have.

    His compilation of Cry was from Bear Family Records. Taken from their 5-cd box set of the same name, this particular Cry compilation had 31 songs. Other CDs I have are his Here And Now, and this week's review, 16 Most Requested Songs. Having these three compilations of his music has a few duplicates, yet each one in their own right has many of Johnnie Ray's great music.

    Comparing 16 Most Requested Songs to Here And Now : Only songs are "duplicates" : "The Little White Cloud That Cried," and his duet with Doris Day, "Let's Walk That-A-Way." On the 31-track Cry : Only three "duplicates" : "Just Walkin' In The Rain," "The Little White Cloud That Cried," and "Cry." Not too bad in overlooking all three compilations.

    Yet the 31-track Cry is quite the best compilation in Johnnie Ray's most famous hits, 16 Most Requested Songs is more of a Frank Sinatra'ish compilation. Many of the songs here were not his most famous, yet in comparing the styles here, there are some fitting Sinatra, Ray's own style himself (of course), and the typical Easy Listening, most preferably a big-band style. And Johnnie puts his own style to make it even more enjoyable and making all of these songs his own. His versions of "Hey There" (most famous by Rosemary Clooney), and the classic "As Time Goes By" are just as great as the famous artists who recorded them previously.

    There isn't one bad song on this compilation, and there wasn't any bad song recorded at all from Johnnie Ray. He may not have been as popular as a Sinatra, or his Rat Pack fellows. He may not have been a Tony Bennett either. But for those of you who remember him, he was just as great as the most famous crooners of his time. Johnnie left us in 1990 of liver failure, yet he left behind a great career in music, putting his own name on Big-Band, Easy Listening music. He lived up to his nicknames, of "Mr. Emotion," "The Prince Of Wails," "The Cry Guy" to name a few. He was a great singer, a great entertainer. He, as well as other crooners along with him, would pave the way for future crooners, such as Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble. If you haven't discovered him, please do so. If you like this kind of music, you will agree, Johnnie Ray was one of the greatest "crooners" that would ever sing in Popular Music.

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