Happy New Year from RoyOrbison.com!
Check out this cool ad for Roy’s #MGMYears single “Breakin’ Up is Breakin’ My Heart” that ran in Billboard magazine in January 1966!
#TBT: Billboard Magazine Roy Orbison’s MGM Records Years Get Royal Treatment With Box Set and Unreleased Album: Exclusive
August 14, 2015
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roy Orbison is celebrated primarily for his years with the Sun and Monument Records labels, where he recorded such career-defining hits as “Ooby Dooby,” “Only the Lonely,” “In Dreams,” “Crying” and “Oh, Pretty Woman” in the ’50s and early ’60s. But 50 years ago, at the height of Beatlemania, the singer was the object of a fierce bidding war that led to a $1 million move to MGM Records. His eight-year, 12-album tenure there was not as commercially successful as his previous years, but with top 40 and international hits like “Ride Away” and “Breakin’ Up Is Breakin’ My Heart,” it was still creatively vital. And Orbison’s heirs are ensuring that era of his career gets its due.
“CRYING” by Roy Orbison
“CRYING” reached #2 on the Billboard chart in October of 1961!
Here’s Roy Orbison performing “CRYING” at the Monument Concert in 1965-
Mercy!!!! 50 Years!
On this day in 1964 Roy Orbison’s smash hit “OH, PRETTY WOMAN” started its 3 week run
at #1 on the Billboard chart!
Since its release in August of 1964, the record breaking, award winning, and iconic song has
inspired a film of the same title, a perfume line, and countless genre spanning covers from
artists including Al Green, Van Halen, and Bruce Springsteen to name a few.
Here is “OH, PRETTY WOMAN” the Official Video featuring footage from the 1965 Monument Concert. Roy Orbison’s co-writer on the song, Bill Dees, can be seen on keys-