Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Only The Lonely" by Roy Orbison.

OK, more "Big O": When Roy Orbison co-wrote this "operatic" ballad with Joe Melson in 1960 he intended for it to be recorded by either Elvis or The Everly Brothers. The Everlys convinced him to record it himself and it became his 1st major hit, #2 Pop, #14 R&B, #1UK. "A clenched, driven urgency". Grammy Hall Of Fame Award in 2004 and #232 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. Sonny James' cover topped the Country charts in '69; masterfully interpreted by Chris Isaak. Orbison wrote a "sequel" to the song while with the Traveling Wilburys.

Yesterday's answer: "Ask Me Why" by The Beatles. Not one of their biggest hits but I always loved this tune - one of the 1st Beatles songs I ever heard.

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