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"Piano in the Dark" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Brenda Russell (featuring backing vocals by Joe Esposito). It was the first single to be taken from Russell's 1988 album, Get Here. On the 45 rpm single of the song, the title is listed as "Piano In The Dark" and also as "Cry, Just A Little" in parenthesis, which may be the complete title of the song. "Cry Just A Little" is a line that is repeated in the song's refrain portion.
"Piano in the Dark" was released in early 1988, nine years after Russell's previous charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 (1979's "So Good, So Right"). The song gained heavy airplay and became Russell's biggest hit, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 8 on the R&B Chart1 and number 3 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. The song was also a moderate hit in the UK, peaking at 23.
The song was covered by house music singer Shanie and remixed as a dance track by 7th Heaven.
DJ Sixty-9 vs. Discodrive featuring DJ Fierce sampled the chorus under the song "Rainbow".
The song was sampled by 2Pac & tha Outlawz for the song "U Can Be Touched," from their 1999 album, Still I Rise.
The song was sampled by Eve Stangello in the EDM track "Davali" in 2004.
In 2011, the Bingo Players released a dance mix Cry (Just a Little), which consisted entirely of a repetition of the first line from Piano in the Dark's main chorus: "I know I'm caught up in the middle, I cry just a little, When I think of letting go".
Bingo Players' version was also used in Flo Rida's 2012 hit I Cry.