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Remembering Roy Orbison With One Of His Most Emotional Ballads

Remembering Roy Orbison With One Of His Most Emotional Ballads | Country Music Videos
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27 years ago, singer-songwriter and musician Roy Orbison passed away at the age of 52 after suffering a heart attack at his mother's house in Henderson, Tennessee. Orbison had apparently been feeling some pain in his chest prior to the heart attack, but he never went to the doctor because of his busy schedule. 

Orbison's passing left a great void in the music world, as he was well-known for his emotional ballads and extremely distinctive voice. Some of his biggest hits include "Only The Lonely, "Blue Bayou," and "Oh, Pretty Woman."

Another one of Orbison's biggest hits was his emotional song with an equally emotional title, "Crying." The song was co-written by Orbison and Joe Melson, and was released in 1961. 

"Crying" claimed the number one spot on the Cashbox chart in October 1961, but fell just short of the top spot on the Billboard chart, peaking at the second spot there. Despite that, Billboard ranked the song as the fourth greatest of 1961.

Years after Orbison's death, "Crying" continued to earn praise and awards, being honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2002. In addition, in 2004 Rolling Stone named "Crying" as the 69th greatest song on their 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time list. 

The combination of the song's heartbreaking lyrics about a breakup and the mournful tone of Orbison's voice make it easy to understand why "Crying" was such a major hit. You can watch Orbison's live performance of the song at the Monument Concert in 1965 in the video below.

There's no doubting the impact that Orbison had on the music industry, and his legacy continues to live on today.


I was all right for awhile
I could smile for awhile
But I saw you last night
You held my hand so tight
As you stopped to say, "Hello"

Oh, you wished me well
You, you couldn't tell
That I'd been crying over you
Crying over you

When you said, "So long"
Left me standing all alone
Alone and crying, crying
Crying, crying

It's hard to understand
But the touch of your hand
Can start me crying

I thought that I was over you
But it's true, so true
I love you even more
Than I did before

But, darling, what can I do?
For you don't love me
And I'll always be crying over you
Crying over you

Yes, now you're gone
And from this moment on
I'll be crying, crying
Crying, crying
Yeah, crying, crying
Over you

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