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500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Roy Orbison, 'Only the Lonely'


Roy Orbison, 'Only the Lonely'
234/500

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)

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