Appalachia Music

Cry Cry Darling

Chitter singing at the JCCFS Fall Festival

Chitter singing at the JCCFS Fall Festival

If you’ve been a long time listener to country or bluegrass music I’m positive you’ve heard the old standard Cry Cry Darling. Since the song was first written-its been associated with everyone from Bill Monroe to Dolly Paton. I once had a cd with an outstanding verison of the song done by Laurie Lewis-I listened to it so much I wore it out.

Jimmy Yves Newman wrote Cry Cry Darling. Newman was born in 1927 in Louisiana. He was commonly known as the Cajun Cowboy-and over the years the Yves was dropped for a C.- the C standing for Cajun. Over Newman’s lengthy career he had 33 hit songs land on the billboard charts and was inducted into several impressive associations. You can read more about Jimmy C. Newman’s career and awards here.

I found this interesting tidbit about Newman and his song Cry Cry Darling on

He wrote and recorded ‘Cry, Cry Darling’. Listeners to his early recordings will note a prominent hiss on his pronunciation of the letter ‘S’, caused by a badly fitted gold tooth. Fred Rose tried to eliminate the problem by changing lyrics, such as in ‘Cry Cry Darling’, where ‘sunshine’ became ‘moonlight’ (a little later a partial denture replaced the offending tooth and permanently cured the problem). Also through the auspices of Fred Rose, Newman joined Dot Records. In 1954 a new recording of ‘Cry Cry Darling’ reached number 4 on the US country charts and led to his joining The Louisiana Hayride. Between 1955 and 1957 he had five more Top 10 country hits, the biggest being his recording of Ned Miller’s ‘A Fallen Star’, which became a number 2 country and number 23 pop hit.

Last summer Chatter saw an old clip of Allison Krauss singing Cry Cry Darling and it jogged her memory back to the days of her and Chitter singing along with Laurie Lewis while riding to and fro in my backseat.

She decided she wanted to learn the song. The first time she performed it in public was at the JCCFS’s Fall Festival. The crowd loved it-and I am still loving it. Her pure clear voice seems perfect for the song-see if you don’t agree.

Pretty good uh? Are you familiar with the old song-or with the Cajun Cowboy who wrote it?



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    Dedra Cook
    March 2, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I am really enjoying listening to the kids sing and play together.. We are so very blessed.

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    January 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Douglas-you are so right-I am very BLESSED. I don’t deserve any of it-but I am THANKFUL for all of it!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    January 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Tipper, I bet you must sometimes just sit at night in the dark and ponder the wonders of all that is the blessings around you every minute of your life.

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    January 19, 2012 at 8:30 am

    this is all new to me, have not heard it before.

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    brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    January 19, 2012 at 12:17 am


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    Lynn Turner
    January 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Really nice rendition of the song, one I’ve always loved. She has such a clear powerful voice. I always enjoy listening to her. (and her sister)

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    SandyCarlson (USA)
    January 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Sounding great and then some!

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    January 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I have heard of him before, but not familiar with this song. Chatter did awesome! Very talented and I do think the song fits her voice well.

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    dolores barton
    January 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Such a beautiful rendition! I am slowly learning to appreciate country music. You are helping!

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    Tim Mclemore
    January 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Very good job young lady, keep up the wonderful singing. And keep strumming that guitar.. Enjoyed it..

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    January 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Awesome version of one of my favorite songs.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Tell that youngin’ that I said her voice is her instrument. If she loses her place on the guitar, forget it and concentrate on the song. And that she is the lead. She needs to sing and forget trying to keep with the musicians. They should follow her. If they can’t, then they need to learn. Now ain’t I right.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Oh my, that is beautiful. It brings a tear to a grandmother’s eye.
    The girls are just so talented!

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    January 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I enjoy the music one can’t find great music any more all we seem to find is people screaming in the mic.
    Thank you sister for sharing this music I listen to it and read the blind pig each morning with my coffee.
    Have a great week to you and your family.

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    lynn legge
    January 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    tipper that is so beautiful and she has such a gorgeous voice perfect for that type of song. i love it and have listened to it a few times already.. thank you so much for sharing..
    big ladybug hugs

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    January 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Well done! Bless her, I’ve never heard a prettier voice – she’s a very talented young lady!

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    January 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I just love Chatter’s voice. Both of
    them girls are wonderful singers.
    I have their videos and singing in my
    Favorites and Chitter does a great
    job in “the Passing of the Train.”
    Lonnie is right, I’d rather hear them
    any day…Ken

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    January 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    very nice and I like the harmony rendition also. What a musical family.

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    January 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    You get to listen to that live music in your kitchen? Lucky woman! You should be very proud (and I know you are) of your talented daughters. Chatter’s singing voice is better than some professional country singers.

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    Elizabeth K
    January 18, 2012 at 11:22 am


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    Roberta Gerber
    January 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Serendipity! It is weird to have read this this morning – I listen to Bluegrass Junction on XM Radio, and this song was played (by Bill Monroe) this morning when I took my son to school.

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    B. Ruth
    January 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Vunderful, vunderful….I am sure if Lawrence Welk was still alive and pickin’ PURE voices… from different parts of the country….for his show…he would
    pick this blessed voice of Chatters….
    I remember wailing the song in the backseat of our old car…until Mom changed the dial on the car radio…she didn’t like Blue Grass or Country much…but as soon as she went in the store Dad would change it back and we would wail to it again…LOL
    Thanks Tipper for a very informative as well post….

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    January 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Pretty good? Yeah!! Fantastic! I remember Jimmy C. Newman (didn’t know his name was Yves!) and the song and I’ve heard Allison Krauss sing it. I heard Chatter do it at the Folk School and I’d rather listen to her any day!

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    Darlene LaRoche
    January 18, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Love Bluegrass music….enjoyed listening to this version…thanks for sharing..

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    January 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

    What a great blue grass voice that girl has. Tell her she sounds just as good as Allison!

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    Bill Burnett
    January 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

    IIIIYYYYEEEE, as Jimmy C. would say, Great Job. I also listened to the version with the harmony which came up at the end of the video, the video is great but the harmony is outsanding. I love the song and Blue Grass in general. Thanks for helping keep the Genre of Blue Grass alive and well, Ed and my cousin Red Smiley would love Chatter’s version with the “Tear” in her voice. I hope neither of your girls ever experience the pain and heartbreak that led to many of these Blue Grass songs.

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    January 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Bravo! Love to listen to your family sing!!

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    Uncle Al
    January 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I do recall hearing that song often and Chatter did an excellent rendition. “She done it justice”!

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    Jim Casada
    January 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Tipper–My, did you take me back in time–to the late 1950s. We could get only a few radio stations at home, and thwo of the prime ones were WSM (Nashville) and WCKY (Cincinnati). Jimmy C. Newman became a member of the Grande Old Opry at some point in the 1950s, and I split time between listening to the Opry and the Wayne Raney Show on WCKY.Who needed television?
    Enjoyed hearing the old rendered new.
    Jim Casada

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    January 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I heard the song sung by Allison Krauss so Chatter keep up the good work and perhaps you can sing with her someday?!!!

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    Pam Moore
    January 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I don’t know why (not real computer savvy) but I can’t pause the playlist music so I can listen to the music in the post. It’s weird because I used to be able to do it.
    If anyone has any ideas please let me know. I would love to listen to the girls sing.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    January 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Chatter has done an outstanding job with Newman’s “Cry, Cry Darling.” What a beautiful voice, and her expressiveness shows she really got the right mood of the song. I needed to hear that this morning. I’m normally a happy, exuberant person, but sometimes I have that “Cry, Cry Darling” outlook that I have to work on shaking. And I think sometimes it’s good to be sad. Sadness makes us more appreciative of happy memories. Thank you, Chatter, and thank you, Tipper–and thanks to Mr. Newman, too!

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    January 18, 2012 at 8:42 am


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    Karen Larsen
    January 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Wonderful voice! Thanks for starting my day off so well.

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    Mike McLain
    January 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Know the song well and Chatter does a great job on it. I am not plugging satellite radio, but I listen to Bluegrass Junction in my car. Bluegrass music 24-7! Not even country that ain’t country any more, although some of the newer Bluegrass ain’t too Bluegrass either.
    I get a steady diet of Lester and Earl, Bill Monroe, James King, Del McCoury, Larry Stephenson, and all the others.

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    Ray P. Algee
    January 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Tipper, Thank you so much for sharing the adventures of your family with us. I find myself being drawn into your adventures.
    Even though, growing up in MS. and having both a wood cook stove and heater, I had never heard of “rich wood” as such, but I found myself trekking the ridge with you yesterday and looking for “rich wood”. “Smelling the roses”! Ray

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 18, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Just beautiful!

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    Ed Ammons
    January 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Like I said before, with a little more maturity and experience, them girls are gonna be somebody!
    I love bluegrass but don’t keep up with country cause country ain’t country anymore.

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    January 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I remember Jimmy C. Newman. I see why you all love this song. It’s great and Chatter (one of these days I’m gonna learn to tell these girls apart) did a fabulous job with it.
    While watching the video I couldn’t help but notice what a classic facial profile this girl has. Actually I guess since they are twins they both have it. Tipper, I bet you are so proud of them you could bust!

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    January 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

    That child has such a beautiful, clear voice. So much better than some of the ones coming out of Nashville now days. Yes, I knew Jimmy C Newman wrote it and sung some ballads before he started singing more cajun songs.

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    Canned Quilter
    January 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Pretty good! I remember as a young kid going with my Mom to a building on the outskirts of the nearest town to where I grew up in Louisiana to watch ” The Louisiana Hayride” shows. Jimmy Newman was one of those artists that I can say that I saw live. The old Hayride building is gone now and they have built an antique mall where it once stood. But I still have that love for old country music.

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    January 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

    What a wonderful way to start the day! Be proud, momma, she’s terrific!

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