“I’ve Cried My Last Tear For You”
Ricky Van Shelton
Written by Tony King and Chris Waters
#1 (1 week)
June 2, 1990
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
May 18, 1990
Ricky Van Shelton scores his second No. 1 single of 1990.
The Road to No. 1
Earlier this year, Shelton had topped the Radio & Records chart with “Statue of a Fool,” the first single from his third studio album, RVS III. Its followup did one better, topping both surveys.
The No. 1
“I’ve Cried My Last Tear For You” might sound like another classic country cover from Shelton, but he could never help that. His rich vocal style always sounded like something from country’s first golden era, flirting with the Nashville Sound but keeping both feet firmly planted in pure country.
So this new song, co-written by the brother of Holly Dunn, fits in perfectly among his series of covers on RVS III. It’s a quick number, barely clocking in at 2 1/2 minutes, but it gets the job done, as Shelton simply expresses that he’s been crying his eyes out of this woman. But guess what? He’s done.
We’re not going to get many more records that sound like this, so enjoy it while it lasts.
The Road From No. 1
RVS III produced two more singles, with the new compositon “I Meant Every Word He Said” and his exquisite cover of Charlie Rich’s “Life’s Little Ups and Downs” both reaching the top five. I’d argue that they were the two best singles from the album. Shelton won’t resurface on this feature until 1991, which will produce three chart-toppers for him, starting with a romantic duet with the greatest female country artist of all time.
“I’ve Cried My Last Tear For You” gets a B+.