Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison [Single Version]





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Published on Nov 29, 2009

"Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel)" is a 1960 song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson.[1] Recorded by Orbison, it became his first major hit. As an operatic rock ballad, it was a sound unheard of at the time, described by the New York Times as expressing "a clenched, driven urgency".[1] It 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 number two on the United States Billboard pop music charts and to number fourteen on the R&B charts [2], and number one in the United Kingdom. It stayed in the UK charts for over 6 months.[3]
The song was longer than most pop and country songs of the time,[4] and had an unusual structure.
In 1999, "Only The Lonely" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #232 on the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time list."

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