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This Day in Black History: May 2, 1961

This Day in Black History: May 2, 1961

Etta James reached the Hot 100 with "All I Could Do Is Cry" on May 2, 1961.

Published May 2, 2014

Singer and songwriter Etta James scored her third Billboard Hot 100 single with her song "All I Could Do Was Cry" on May 2, 1961. The song peaked at no. 33.

The track was featured on her debut album, At Last!, released in 1960. James's "Trust in Me," "At Last" and "My Dearest Darling" were other hits from the album that reached the pop and R&B charts.

"All I Could Do Was Cry" was written by Billy Davis, Berry Gordy and his sister Gwen Gordy. The song came back to life when James re-recorded it the 1990s. In 2008, the song was re-made once more by Beyoncé, who covered it for her role as James in the film Cadillac Records.

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Written by Natelege Whaley

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