'Jamie's Crying' - Van Halen


Writers: Van Halen

Producer: Ted Templeman

Recorded: 1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, California

Released: 1978

Players: David Lee Roth -- vocals
Edward Van Halen -- guitar
Alex Van Halen -- drums
Michael Anthony -- bass
Album: Van Halen (Warner Bros, 1978)

Though never a hit single, "Jamie's Cryin'" became a fan favorite from Van Halen's self-titled debut album.

Before recording the track, lead singer David Lee Roth had gone on a health kick and had stopped smoking, which altered his voice, if ever so slightly. Producer Ted Templeman detected the difference and ordered Roth to eat a cheeseburger and smoke a joint before attempting the song again. Roth then nailed his part in 40 minutes.

The Van Halen album only reached Number 19 on the Billboard 200 chart, but eventually sold more than 10 million copies.