Legendary American singer and songwriter Roy Kelton Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas.
At Orbison High School and some friends formed The Wink Westerners. At North Texas State College, he heard that his schoolmate, Pat Boone, had signed a recording contract. Boone later had a number 1 in the UK with I ’Be Home in 1956.
Wink Westerners appeared on television alongside Johnny Cash, who suggested Orbison contact Sun Records owner Sam Phillips. The Wink Westerners changes its name to The Teen Kings, and its recording of Ooby Dooby changed Phillips’ opinion.
Late last year, Morrissey officially announced that he’d be releasing a covers album in 2019 called California Son. Today, the Moz has shared our first taste of it: a cover of Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over,” which was co-written by Orbison and Bill Dees and released in 1964.
In 1958 Orbison was playing the guitar in his car, as he used to do, when composer Joe Melson was playing the window. The duo try to try to write songs together. Eventually Orbison signed with Monument Records, and he and Melson began working with producer Fred Foster.
Some of Roy’s best numbers would be co-written with Bill Dees, a Texan genius who would write hundreds of songs recorded by many of the biggest names.
It was over was one of them, a number one in the UK, just like Oh Pretty Woman. In 40 minutes, they had written the future classic hit, Orbison’s signature song, and a number of pub bands and wedding bands still do to this day.
He was inducted into the Nashville Composers Hall of Fame, and Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say. A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you.” “Pretty woman, I don’t believe you, you’re not the truth. No one could look as good as you, mercy.”
It is 60 years since Roy Orbison went somewhat reluctantly into the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, to try a new version of Ooby Dooby. Sam Phillips, the man who’d be at the start of so many rock ‘n’ roll legends, reckoned Orbison and The Teen Kings could do a better version of the number, but Roy was tired of it.
Here’s the first of legendary US singer-songwriter Roy Orbison’s three stints at number 1. With his unique image, and distinct, at times astounding voice, Orbison’s life was sometimes tragic, but he is also rightly remembered as one of the greatest talents of his generation. So much so, as I write this a tour is imminent…
” It’s Over” is an American song composed by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees and sung by Orbison. The single was produced by Fred Foster and engineered by Bill Porter. “It’s Over” typifies the operatic rock ballad.
Roy Orbison – It’s Over (1964)
Your baby doesn’t love you any more
Golden days before they end
Whisper secrets to the wind
Your baby won’t be near you any more
Tender nights before they fly
Send falling stars that seem to cry
Your baby doesn’t want you any more
It breaks your heart in two, to know she’s been untrue
But oh what will you do?
When she says to you
There’s someone new we’re through, we’re through
It’s over, it’s over, it’s over
All the rainbows in the sky start to even say goodbye
You won’t be seeing rainbows any more
Setting suns before they fall, echo to you that’s all that’s all
But you’ll see lonely sunset after all
It’s over, it’s over, it’s over, it’s over