Roll-over-Beethoven: Johnnie Ray in context

@article{Herr2009RolloverBeethovenJR,
  title={Roll-over-Beethoven: Johnnie Ray in context},
  author={Cheryl Temple Herr},
  journal={Popular Music},
  year={2009},
  volume={28},
  pages={323 - 340}
}
  • C. Herr
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Art
  • Popular Music
Abstract The American Johnnie Ray (1927–1990) is best known for his emotional rendition of Churchill Kohlman's song ‘Cry’, a tune that Ray recorded with Mitch Miller in 1951. This song, along with Ray's own composition, ‘The Little White Cloud That Cried’, earned Ray nicknames such as ‘The Nabob of Sob’ and ‘The Cry Guy’. Although wildly popular in the mid-1950s, Johnnie Ray was soon overshadowed by his contemporaries and has been virtually ignored by scholars. This essay situates Ray's music… 
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