The fabulous Ray Stevens was recording for the NRC label during 1959-1960 and "My Heart Cries for You" was one of the singles that the label released. The song was the standard teenage pop heartbreak/heartache love ballad that was enormously popular at the time. I like the song and at various places Ray slips in a little Elvis Presley style vocalization. If someone today were to hear the song and the artist's name would be hidden from view not one person who isn't well-studied on Ray's career would identify the singer as Ray Stevens. The recording was released in 1959 when Ray was all but 20 years old. The producer of the song was a man by the name of Bill Lowery. It's Lowery who became instrumental in helping a group of Georgia singers and entertainers start their path to eventual super-stardom, with Ray being one of the several. There is a video montage of "My Heart Cries For You" on You Tube for those who want to hear the song for themselves. It's available on a very, very obscure ultra-rare CD titled Ray Stevens: The NRC Years that I stumbled on at an on-line auction site. The collection wasn't sold in stores and I don't believe it's in print anymore. I may have written about this CD before but I've written so many I'm bound to duplicate some things, which is a huge understatement. Anyway...the CD doesn't even have a year of release on it. The catalog number is NRC-CD13 which is very obvious that this CD is the thirteenth in a series of releases on other artists on the NRC label. There are 11 recordings on here, 2 of those recordings are instrumentals. Ray, of course now, is known as a comedic singer and there's two songs on here that are in a novelty/funny category. One of the novelty songs is "Cholly Wolly Chang", a Chinese-laced recording spoofing rock and roll in China. One of the most repeated phrases in the song is "rock and roll Hong Kong!!!". The CD covers his stay with NRC which culminated in 1960 with the release of "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon". That particular song is the second of two on this CD that offer humor.
1. Sgt. Preston of the Yukon
2. Who Do You Love?
3. Happy Blue Year (instrumental)
4. High School Yearbook
5. Truly True
6. What Would I Do Without You?
7. White Christmas (instrumental)
8. My Heart Cries For You
9. Cholly Wolly Chang
10. Part of the Time
11. That's What She Means To Me