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Drown in My Own Tears
Composer: Henry Glover

Drown in My Own Tears was played once by the Jerry Garcia Band in January 1976, when James Booker was in the group.

The song occurs on recordings with a number of title variations including: Drown in My Own Tears, I'll Drown in My Own Tears, Drown in My Tears, and I'll Drown in My Tears. Uncertain which is the correct title. Drown in My Own Tears is the most commonly used title, probably because it was the title used on Ray Charles recordings.

Drown in My Own Tears was written by songwriter, producer, A&R executive, and trumpeter Henry Glover. Glover was working for King Records when he wrote the song and it was first recorded for King by Lula Reed and Sonny Thompson, as I'll Drown in My Tears, in 1951. This recording reached number 5 in the Billboard R&B charts in 1952. The popularity of the song increased after the success of the Ray Charles recording in 1956 which topped the Billboard R&B charts.



Recordings

no info Single (I'll Drown In My Tears / Clang! Clang! Clang!), Lula Reed / Sonny Thompson, 1951
no info Single (Drown In My Own Tears / Mary Ann), Ray Charles and his Band, 1956
no info Single (Let's Call It A Day / I'll Drown In My Own Tears), Lula Reed, 1956
no info EP (Ain't That Love/Greenbacks/Drown In My Own Tears/Hallelujah I Love Her So), Ray Charles, 1957
no info Ray Charles (LP), Ray Charles, 1957
no info Blue And Moody, Lula Reed, 1958
no info Single (Drown In My Tears / Baby Please Don't Go), Troyce Key, 1958
no info In Person, Ray Charles, 1960
no info Single (Drown In My Own Tears / The Lonesome Road), Don Shirley, 1961
no info Drown In My Own Tears (LP), Don Shirley, 1961
no info Single (The French Twist / I'll Drown In My Own Tears), Tom & Jerry, 1961
no info Good Little Man: At The Rubaiyat Room, Marv Jenkins, 1961
no info Sermonette, Billie Poole, 1961
no info Hallelujah I Love Her So!, Ray Charles, 1962
no info The Ray Charles Story, Ray Charles, 1962
no info The Ray Charles Story, Vol. 2, Ray Charles, 1962
no info Sings Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, 1962
no info Tribute To Uncle Ray, Little Stevie Wonder, 1962
no info "The Genius" In Harmony, The Anita Kerr Singers, 1962
no info Single (I'll Drown In My Own Tears / The Prince), Jackie De Shannon, 1962
no info Single (I'll Drown In My Own Tears / Lazy Afternoon), Billie Poole, 1962
no info Guitars Play The Sound Of Ray Charles, Tom & Jerry With The Merry Melody Singers, 1962
no info One Of Mine, Jimmy McGriff, 1963
no info The Ernie Freeman Combo, The Ernie Freeman Combo, 1963
no info Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius, Little Stevie Wonder, 1963
no info Dinah '63, Dinah Washington, 1963
no info Single (I'll Drown In My Own Tears / The Show Must Go On), Dinah Washington, 1963
no info Our Man in Nashville, Chet Atkins, 1963
no info Comin' On, Floyd Cramer, 1963
no info The Most Exciting Organ Ever, Billy Preston, 1964
no info Live, Ike & Tina Turner, 1964
no info A Stranger On Earth, Dinah Washington, 1964
no info Shades Of A Genius, Mitty Collier, 1965
no info You Put The Hurt On Me, The Spencer Davis Group, 1965
no info Single (Log Cabin / I'm Gonna Drown In My Own Tears), Billy Preston, 1965
no info Single (Drown In My Own Tears / Positive Love), Jimmy Parker, 1965
no info Spotlight On Earl Grant, 1965
no info Go Ahead And Cry, The Righteous Brothers, 1966
no info Single (I Can't Stop Loving You / I'll Drown In My Tears), Earl Grant, 1966
no info The Percy Sledge Way, Percy Sledge, 1967
no info I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin, 1967
no info Memphis Soul, Jesse Butler, 1967
no info Single (Drown In My Own Tears / Memphis), Jesse Butler, 1967
no info Solid Gold Soul Volume 2, Various Artists (Ray Charles), 1967
no info The Inspiration I Feel, Herbie Mann, 1968
no info World, Here Comes Jean Wells, 1968
no info Richie Havens' Record, Richie Havens, 1968
no info Georgia On My Mind, The Anita Kerr Singers, 1968
info More Heavy Soul!, Billy Hawks, 1968
no info Single (I'll Drown In My Tears / Glory Burdens Down Lord), Don Shirley, 1968
no info Single (Drown In My Own Tears / Try Me), Marie "Queenie" Lyons, 1968
no info The Stinger Man, Jimmy McCracklin, 1969
no info Single (What's Going On / Drown In My Own Tears), Jimmy McCracklin, 1969
no info Johnny Winter, Johnny Winter, 1969
no info Single (I'm Yours And I'm Hers / I'll Drown In My Tears), Johnny Winter, 1969
no info Soul, Billy Preston, 1969
no info Where The Soul Trees Grow, Arthur Prysock, 1969
no info Heavies, The Spencer Davis Group, 1969
no info Underground Gold, Various Artists (Spencer Davis Group), 1969
no info Person To Person, Houston Person, 1970
no info Them Changes, Ramsey Lewis, 1970
no info Soul Fever, Marie "Queenie" Lyons, 1970
no info Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Joe Cocker, 1970
no info Please, Please, Please: Live, Ike & Tina Turner Revue, 1970
no info Heavy Sounds, Various Artists (Johnny Winter), 1970
no info Echoes of an Era: The Dinah Washington Years, Dinah Washington, 1971
no info A 25th Anniversary In Show Business Salute To Ray Charles, 1971
no info On With It, Jack McDuff, 1971
no info So The Seeds Are Growing, Joe South, 1971
no info The Evolution of Mann, Herbie Mann, 1972
no info We're Almost Home, Solomon Burke, 1972
no info Stickball, Charles Williams, 1972
no info Single (Drown In My Own Tears / What Have I Got To Lose), Jean Wells, 1972
no info Ray Charles Live, Ray Charles, 1973
no info The Weapon, David Newman, 1973
no info Is On The Road Again, The Allen Wayne Group, 1974
info Janis Soundtrack, Janis Joplin, 1975
no info Live At The Ash Grove, Steve Mann, 1975
no info Ramsey Lewis, Ramsey Lewis, 1977
no info Montreux Alexander: Live! At The Montreux Festival, Monty Alexander Trio, 1977
no info Clayton, David Clayton-Thomas, 1978
no info First Time Out, Jimmy McKee, 1978
no info Nuclear Blues, Blood Sweat & Tears, 1980
no info The Best Of Earl Grant, 1980
no info Single (Drown In My Own Tears (Part 1) / Drown In My Own Tears (Part 2)), Timmy Thomas, 1980
no info This Is Your Night, Johnnie Taylor, 1984
no info Blue Love, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, 1984
no info C.L. Blast, C.L. Blast, 1984
no info Heavy Duty Harpin', Various Artists (Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson), 1984
no info The History Of Rock: Volume Twenty Five, Various Artists (Johnny Winter), 1984
no info Live! At The Montreux Festival, Monty Alexander Trio, 1985
no info The Big Town Soundtrack, Various Artists (Ray Charles), 1987
no info 1956, Various Artists (Ray Charles), 1987
no info Anthology, Johnny Winter, 1989
no info Blues Classics, Various Artists (Ray Charles), 1989
no info Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women, Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women, 1990
no info The Birth Of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings 1952-1959, Ray Charles, 1991
no info Rhythm & Blues: 1954-1966, Ray Charles, 1991
no info Where It's At, The Holmes Brothers, 1991
no info Fine And Mellow, Ruth Brown, 1991
no info Etta, Red-Hot & Live, Etta James, 1991
no info Sharing You, Mitty Collier, 1991
info Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Various Artists (Ray Charles), 1991
no info The Best Of On Malaco Vol. 1, Johnnie Taylor, 1992
no info Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings, Aretha Franklin, 1992
no info The Other Side, Chuck Brown And Eva Cassidy, 1992
info It Tears Me Up: The Best Of Percy Sledge, Percy Sledge, 1992
no info Light Out Of Darkness: A Tribute To Ray Charles, Shirley Horn, 1993
no info Blues + Jazz, Ray Charles, 1994
no info Blues Jubilee, Mary Flower, 1994
no info Live, Blood Sweat & Tears, 1994
no info The Best Of Ray Charles, 1994
no info The Essential Floyd Cramer, 1995
no info Legends of Acid Jazz, Houston Person, 1996
info Eight Gigs A Week: The Steve Winwood Years, Spencer Davis Group, 1996
no info Grateful Heart: Blues & Ballads, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, 1996
no info Missing Links Volume 4: Streets Of Chicago, Link Wray, 1997
no info Golden Classics, Don Shirley, 1997
no info Summer Heat, Etta James, 1997
info Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection, Ray Charles, 1997
no info The Delta Meets Detroit: Aretha's Blues, Aretha Franklin, 1998
info Ultimate Collection, Janis Joplin, 1998
info Universal Masters Collection, The Spencer Davis Group, 1999
no info The Early Years, Various Artists (Lula Reed), 1998
no info The Devil's Music, Paul Geremia, 1999
info New Genius of the Blues / More Heavy Soul!, Billy Hawks, 1998
no info Born With The Funk, Davell Crawford, 1999
no info The Weapon / At Home And Abroad, David Newman / Dizzy Gillespie, 1999
no info Live At The Lighthouse, The Three Sounds, 2000
no info Natural Born Bugie, The Immediate Anthology, Humble Pie, 2000
no info The Very Best Of Ray Charles, 2000
no info Windows Opened + The Inspiration I Feel, Herbie Mann, 2001
no info The Last Goodun', Jack McDuff, 2002
no info Small World Big Band Volume Two: More Friends, Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, 2002
no info I'll Drown In My Tears: The King Anthology 1952-55, Lula Reed, 2003
no info Soul Serenade, The Derek Trucks Band, 2003
no info Live At Sin-, Jeff Buckley, 2003
no info Ray: Motion Picture Soundtrack, Ray Charles, 2004
no info Let The Good Times Roll, Ray Charles, 2004
no info Queen: The Music Of Dinah Washington, 2004
no info More Music From Ray, Ray Charles, 2005
info Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959), Ray Charles, 2005
no info Blue Note Plays Ray Charles, Various Artists (3 Sounds), 2005
no info Ray Genius, A Night For Ray Charles (DVD), Various Artists (Norah Jones), 2005
no info Inspied By Genius ... The Music Of Ray Charles, Various Artists (Spencer Davis Group), 2005
no info The Definitive Soul Collection, Ray Charles, 2006
info Save The Dave Benefit, George's Majestic, Fayetteville, AR, March 04, 2006, Various Artists, 2006
no info Heart And Soul the Best Of, Ronnie Earl, 2006
no info The Best Of The Immediate Years, Humble Pie, 2006
no info Tin Soldier, Steve Marriott, 2006
info Blowing the Fuse: 30 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1956, Various Artists (Ray Charles), 2006
no info The Way I Feel, Ray Charles, 2007
no info Fall Changes, Chris Bergson Band, 2007
no info The Complete Roulette Sessions, Dinah Washington, 2007
no info Charlie Wood And The New Memphis Underground, Charlie Wood And The New Memphis Underground, 2007
no info You Don't Know Me, Marcus Belgrave / Joan Bow / Charlie Gabriel, 2007
no info Hommage a Nesuhi, Various Artists (Ray Charles), 2008
no info The Best Of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour Volume 2, Various Artists (Lula Reed), 2008
no info Inception, Josh Smith, 2009
no info Genius: The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection, Ray Charles, 2009
info The Woodstock Experience (Box), Various Artists (Johnny Winter), 2009
no info The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection, Ray Charles, 2010
no info I Remember Brother Ray, David "Fathead" Newman, 2010
no info Blues & The City, Various Artists (Lula Reed), 2010
no info Playlist: The Very Best Of Johnny Winter, 2011
no info Soul On Soul, Jean Wells, 2011
no info The World Of The Small Faces And Beyond, Various Artists (Ray Charles), 2012
no info The Sophisticated Strings And Arrangements Of Leroy Holmes, 2013
no info Old King Gold Volume 8, Various Artists (Lula Reed), 2013
no info This Old Soul Of Mine: Soul Chronology 2: 1951-1954, Various Artists (Lula Reed), 2013
no info Wildflower, Joanna Pascale, 2015
no info The Atlantic Albums Collection, Aretha Franklin, 2015
no info From Sacred To Secular: A Soul Awakening, Various Artists (Lula Reed), 2015
no info 100% Greene | Live From Throckmorton Theatre, Jackie Greene, 2019
no info The Henry Glover Story, Various Artists (Lula Reed), 2020

 
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