"Cry Me a River" is a popular American torch song, written by Arthur Hamilton and first published in 1953.
The song's first release and most famous recording was by actress/singer Julie London in 1955. A sultry performance of the song by London in the 1956 film The Girl Can't Help It helped to make it a million-selling blockbuster (#9 US / #22 UK).
Julie London (born Gayle Peck; September 26, 1926 – October 18, 2000) was an American singer and actress known for her smoky, sensual voice and languid demeanor. She released 32 albums of pop and jazz standards during the 1950s and 1960s, with her signature song being the classic "Cry Me a River," which she introduced in 1955. Her 34-year acting career included playing opposite Gary Cooper in the 1958 film Man of the West and Robert Mitchum in the 1959 film The Wonderful Country. She later achieved renewed success in the popular TV medical drama Emergency! (1972–1979), co-starring her real-life husband Bobby Troup and produced by her ex-husband Jack Webb, in which London played the female lead role of nurse Dixie McCall.