Obscure torch singer, a few months earlier than Johnny Ray. Written by a nightporter in a laudromat in Pittsburgh, who had dreamed the song. Happens to the best, see Yesterday.
Johnny Ray [n°1 US for 11 weeks]
Stan Freberg [parody as Try; hit US]
Kevin Coyne [on Dynamite Daze]
André Van Duin [as Als Je Huilt n°1 NL with wipers and washers on his kingsized glasses]
Crystal Gayle [n°1 C&W]
For Johnny Ray a hit as big as the tears rolling down his face and all of his hysterical teenage fan's faces, years before they had an Elvis to clinch to. Launched a floodgate of tearjerkers.