“Don’t Cry, Joni” (or “Don’t Cry Joni”) is a song written by American country music artist Conway Twitty. He recorded it with his daughter Joni Lee and released as a single in 1975. The recording peaked at number 63 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Is Twitty’s duet with his then 16-year-old daughter, Joni Lee Jenkins. According to country music writer Tom Roland, Joni Lee had wanted — after years of resistance — to become an entertainer, and her father decided that allowing her to duet with him on the song (which he had written years earlier) might provide some encouragement.
On the week of December 20, 1975, the original version by Conway Twitty and his daughter entered the US Billboard Hot 100 It spent seven weeks on the chart, reaching its peak position of number 63 on the week of January 31, 1976.
From the album High Priest of Country Music
B-side “Touch the Hand”
Released August 1975
Songwriter(s) Conway Twitty
Producer(s) Owen Bradley