Guns N’ Roses – Don’t Cry
Single released on September 17, 1991.
Along with “Estranged” and “November Rain,” it forms a narrative inspired in part by the short story “Without You” by Del James. The song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s fifth Top 10 hit there.
As stated by Axl Rose in an interview with Geffen Records for a video collection, this song pre-dates the band. Before Guns N’ Roses formed, Rose wrote it with guitarist Izzy Stradlin after they each fell for the same girl. She wouldn’t make a choice and told Axl while he was sitting on a park bench, “Don’t Cry Bill,” which provided the title.
Shannon Hoon, who was lead singer of Blind Melon, sang backup on this track. Hoon and Axl Rose both grew up in Lafayette, Indiana. Hoon also sang on “November Rain.”
W. Axl Rose – lead vocals
Slash – lead guitar
Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals
Matt Sorum – drums
Dizzy Reed – keyboards
Shannon Hoon – co-lead vocals
Steven Adler – drums (Demo version)