#1 R&B, #11 Pop
If you have been around OSML since the beginning you may remember that I blogged about this Orioles’ classic cover, “Crying In The Chapel,” back in 2008. And you may also recall that this song has a very special place in my heart so not only am I blogging about it again but I may do so again in the future.
If you are new here please listen to this beautiful ballad covered by the Baltimore male vocal group, active from 1946-1954, that were part of the master blueprint for what Doo-Wop & R&B were to become – The Orioles!
June Valli covered the song in 1953 as well and charted quite high. She has an awesome voice IMHO.
This was Valli’s (the one time voice of Chiquita Banana) biggest hit.
#4 Country & Western, #6 Pop
And of course here is the original version by Darrell Glenn that I had not yet heard at the time of my first post, but have since purchased and want to share here for your listening pleasure. The original charted well both Pop and Country Western in 1953.
Besides Glenn’s original and The Orioles and June Valli Covers ( all three versions hits in 1953), Rex Allen’s cover charted #8; Ella Fitzgerald’s cover charted #15 and an Art Lund cover charted #23 all in 1953.
Two of my favorite subsequent cover versions are by The Platters and Mahalia Jackson.
#1 Easy Listening #3 Pop, #1 U.K.
Here is Elvis’ cover version recorded in 1960 for a Gospel LP, but released as a single in 1965.
Lastly here is a later version of a performance by latter day Orioles performing “CITC” to replace the video that has been removed from the previous post on this topic. Enjoy this beautiful ballad one more time right after you vote for your favorite.
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