Music: Like Mossadegh

Johnny Ray, a 25-year-old Oregon lad with an inordinate love of salt water in small quantities, has just set something of a record in the music business. In eight fast weeks, his recording of Cry (with The Little White Cloud That Cried on the other side) has sold 1,000,000 copies. Singer Ray's gimmick: tears.

Ray drops tears as easily as Mossadegh. His Columbia recording is flooded with them, on both sides. Ray admits that "I don't have a voice, I've got a style. I can't read music. I don't even like to listen to my own voice." In night club performances, his...

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