Running Scared (Roy Orbison song)

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"Running Scared"
Single by Roy Orbison
B-side "Love Hurts"
Released March 1961
Format 45 RPM
Genre Country
Length 2:10
Label Monument 438
Writer(s) "Running Scared":
Roy Orbison, Joe Melson
"Love Hurts":
Boudleaux Bryant
Producer(s) Fred Foster
Roy Orbison singles chronology
"I'm Hurtin'"
(1960)
"Running Scared"
(1961)
"Crying"
(1961)

"Running Scared" is a 1961 American pop song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. An operatic rock ballad,[1] the song was released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in March 1961 and went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Running Scared" also reached #9 in the UK chart. The song was recorded as part of Roy's 1961 album "Crying" as the final track on the album.

Noted for being a song written without a chorus, the verse builds to a climax that, without vibrato, demonstrates the power of Orbison's clear, full voice. It is written in the bolero style; Orbison is credited with bringing this to the rock genre.

While "Running Scared" was an international hit, the B-side "Love Hurts" also picked up significant airplay in Australia. Consequently, chart figures for Australia show "Running Scared"/"Love Hurts" as a double A-side, both sides peaking at number five. This makes Orbison's recording of "Love Hurts" the first version to be a hit. "Love Hurts" later became better known in a version by rock band Nazareth, who had an international hit with it in 1975.

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Preceded by
"Travelin' Man" by Ricky Nelson
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
June 5, 1961 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Travelin' Man" by Ricky Nelson