It's Over (Roy Orbison song)

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"It's Over"
Single by Roy Orbison
B-side "Indian Wedding"
Released April 1964
Length 2:47
Label Monument Records 837
Writer(s) Roy Orbison, Bill Dees[1]
Producer(s) Wesley Rose[1]
Roy Orbison singles chronology
"Pretty Paper"
"It's Over"
"Oh, Pretty Woman"

"It's Over" is an American song composed by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees and sung by Orbison.[1]

Produced by Wesley Rose,[1] and released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in 1964, "It's Over" typifies the operatic rock ballad. The single entered the United States Cashbox chart on April 11, 1964, peaking at No.10 (on May 23, 1964), although the song reached No. 9 on the Billboard pop music chart.[2] Meanwhile, after entering the United Kingdom Singles Chart on April 30, 1964, "It's Over" reached No. 1 on June 25, 1964 (making it Orbison's second UK No. 1 single [the first was "Only the Lonely" in 1960]).[1] "It's Over" spent 2 weeks at No.1 on the United Kingdom Singles Chart, out of a total of 18 weeks spent on that chart.[3]

The song also appears on Orbison's 1964 album More of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits and his 1989 posthumous album A Black & White Night Live from the 1988 HBO television special.

In the later period of 1964, Hong Kong singress Rebecca Pan covered this song on her I Love You LP album, released by Diamond Records.

"It's Over" was also recorded by both Bonnie Tyler with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on her 2003 album, Heart Strings, and Billy Mackenzie on the British Electric Foundation 1982 album "Music of Quality and Distinction Volume One" and was sung by Michael Caine in the 1998 film Little Voice.

The song was covered by Don Byron on his 2000 album "A Fine Line: Arias and Lieder".

Jonathan Meiburg, lead singer and songwriter for American indie rock band Shearwater, performed a version of the song in March 2013 for The A.V. Club‍‍ '​‍s State Songs series.[4]

In August 2014, Miley Cyrus was confirmed to be performing on the live series finale of Chelsea Lately where she will be singing a cover of the song.[5]

In January 1973 Elvis Presley covered that song on Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 80. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 470. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 164. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater plays "It's Over" by Roy Orbison". Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Dilluvio, Carrie (August 20, 2014). "Miley Cyrus Set to Perform on the Live Series Finale of Chelsea Lately—Find Out What She's Singing!". E! Online. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
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Preceded by
"You're My World" by Cilla Black
UK number one single
"It's Over" by Roy Orbison

June 25, 1964 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals