Saturday, August 1, 2009


Roy Orbison had several mega-hits during the 60's including "Pretty Woman", "Only the Lonely", and my favorite, "Crying".

"Crying" was released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in July 1961 and went to No. 2 on the Billboard pop music charts.

The song contains "a vivid combination of hurtful romantic longing combined with near operatic vocals".

In 2002, "Crying" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #69 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

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Anonymous said...

In 1982 I got to spend quite some time, one-on-one with Roy Orbison. I aksed him if there was a story behind his writing of my favorite song, "Crying."

He told me that and his girlfriend had broken up and that it was his birthday. He had gotten a haircut (not a style...because he said it wasn't cool to have your hair styled back the) and drove through the local drive-in hangout. There he saw his girlfriend. He said that he should have stopped and said hello to her but instead drove on. As he did, big tears welled up in his eyes. It was this feeling that prompted him to later write Crying.

The Rest of the Story: Roy said that when he got back home he found that his girlfriend had already been by the house and left a birthday present for him.

MeanDonnaJean said...

This sure 'nuff is a priceless piece of that floods yer emotions with the great 'n powerful songs of yesteryear....and for that, I thank you. From one Boomer to another, keep up the great work!

DaisyDeadhead said...

Fabulous song!