Single (A): ABC/Paramount 10739, October 1965, b/w When My Dream Boat Comes Home.
Album: Crying Time, ABC/Paramount/Tangerine 544, January 1966.
Recorded in June 1965 at United Studios in Hollywood.
With uncredited strings, a choir, session musicians, possibly some band members (e.g. on bass?) and The Raelettes.
Gwendolyn Berry sang lead. Don Peake remembers playing guitar, but another expert recognized the distinct sound of Rene Hall (was Peake overdubbed?). Earl Palmer played drums.
The version on Greatest Country & Western Hits has about five seconds of studio chatter ("rolling nine..." etc) between Ray and Joe Adams. Ray, working on the compilation with remastering engineer Steve Hoffman, wanted Joe's voice on the disk. When Joe found out about it, he claimed extra royalties.
Steve Hoffman also wrote that:
"[...] later country Ray Charles songs like Crying Time were recorded [sic?! BS] at Bell Sound in New York" and "that there are two different stereo mixes of Crying Time, the first version mixed at Bell Sound and the second mixed at RPM International, both vintage mixes.
The Bell Sound stereo mix is on the Greatest Country & Western Hits DCC Gold CD and the RPM mix is on the DCC/Sandstone Ray Charles - His Greatest Hits two disk set (SAN 2 5002.) The RPM mix is also on the old ABC-Paramount LP ABC-544, Crying Time.
The way to tell the difference between the two mixes? At the end, the 'choir' singing on the left channel is 'wet' on the Bell Sound mix (properly) and on the RPM mix a few months later they are dead dry on the same channel. Ray liked both mixes and used them equally when we worked together. He didn't remember why the song was remixed at his studio but then realized it was because he felt like it. Heh."Don't miss the girls (Gwen with Merry Clayton, Clydie King and Alex Brown) in the first live clip below!
Hollywood Palace, 1967 - with Gwen Berry (starts at 24'10):
With Glen Campbell, 1969:
With Tom Jones, 1970 (starts at 3'34):
With Barbra Streisand, 1973:
'67 TV Palace
'67 LC Pleyel
'67 LC Berlin
'67 LC Frankfurt
'68 LC Bluesthing
'68 LC Bakersfield
'68 LC Amsterdam NM
'68 LC Fresno
'69 TV Glen - With Glen Campbell
'70 TV Hee Haw - With Buck Owens
'70 TV Tom - With Tom Jones
'73? LC Germany - Pseudo Basie - Released
'73 TV Barbra - With Barbra Streisand - Released
'76 LC Antibes
'76 LC Stuttgart
'78 LC Montreux - Part of medley
'80 LC Northsea
'81 LC Prague
'81 LC Barcelona
'81 LC Rome
'82 LC Antibes
'89 FS Snoops
'92 TV Classa - With Fausto Leali
01 TV Michael - With Cassandra Wilson