234. Roy Orbison, 'Only the Lonely'
Writers: Joe Melson, Orbison
Producer: Fred Foster
Released: May '60, Monument
21 weeks; No. 2
Orbison intended to offer this song to either Elvis Presley (also a Sun Records alumnus) or the Everly Brothers, who had cut the Orbison song "Claudette." But Orbison's falsetto made the loneliness real. "For a baritone to sing as high as I do," he said, "is ridiculous."
Appears on: For the Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits (Rhino)