When it came to distinctive, soaring and dramatic vocals, the Orbison way really was the only way. Little wonder, then, that when the Big ‘O’ released his last album of his 20s and his second for MGM, he chose to call it The Orbison Way. Sessions for that LP began on this date in 1965.
As the sessions for the new record began with producer Wesley Rose, Roy was in the US chart with its predecessor. That disc, his first for his new label, was another release with a definitive title, There Is Only One Roy Orbison. He began the new project on 14 October, 1965 by recording two of the songs he’d written with his frequent collaborator Bill Dees.
The new tracks, ‘Maybe’ and ‘Never,’ were the latest in a partnership that had created such “career” songs for the singer as ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ and ‘It’s Over.’ Indeed, Orbison and Dees would write nine of what became the album’s final track listing of 12. Dees penned another with John Rainey Adkins, who in turn composed two with Buddy Buie, later to find success with Classics IV and the Atlanta Rhythm Section.