Posted from the web by megarock on July 28, 2018
28th July 1960, Roy Orbison entered the UK chart with ‘Only The Lonely’, which went on to give Roy his first of three UK chart toppers. As an operatic rock ballad, it was a sound unheard of at the time, and is seen as a seminal event in the evolution of Rock and Roll. Released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in May, 1960, ‘Only The Lonely’ went to No. 2 on the United States. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself. More on Roy Orbison here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/roy_orbison
Roy Orbison had his first UK No.1 single in 1960, with Only The Lonely which was the first of 33 UK hits. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record it himself.
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