Teddy Daryll (Ted Meister) wrote and recorded "She Cried" in 1961. Although he worked and wrote with others it is generally agreed that he composed the tune himself.

Jay (John "Jay" Traynor) and the Americans (Howard Kane, Kenny Vance and Sandy Deane) version got into the top ten in 1962. Shortly after this, Jay Traynor left the group to be replaced by Jay Black (David Blatt).