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Sue Thompson (1925–2021), singer known for “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)”

by Linnea Crowther

Sue Thompson was a singer known for 1960s songs including “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)” and “Norman.”

Musical career

Thompson began performing as a child, and she had a record contract by 1950, singing country music. But it took more than a decade for her to produce a hit, finally succeeding when she was paired with songwriter John D. Loudermilk. He wrote her songs “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)” and “Norman,” both Top 5 hits in 1961. The new singles embraced a pop music sound and verged on novelty tunes, as Thompson sang their lightly funny lyrics in a girlish voice. She had moderate success throughout the early 1960s with other singles, including “Have a Good Time,” “James (Hold the Ladder Steady),” and “Paper Tiger.” In later years, Thompson returned to a country sound for minor singles including “Good Old Fashioned Country Love” and “Never Naughty Rosie.”

Tributes to Sue Thompson

Full obituary: The New York Times


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