Lonely and Blue

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This article is about the album by Roy Orbison. For the album by Etta Jones, see Lonely and Blue (Etta Jones album).
Sings Lonely and Blue
Lonely and Blue - Roy Orbison.jpg
Studio album by Roy Orbison
Released 1961
Recorded September 1959 - September 1960
Studio RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Rock
Length 28:33
Label Monument
Producer Fred Foster
Roy Orbison chronology
Roy Orbison at the Rock House
(1961)
Sings Lonely and Blue
(1961)
Crying
(1962)

Lonely and Blue is the first music album recorded by Roy Orbison for Monument Records, released in 1961.

The track entitled "Come Back to Me (My Love)" features an almost identical intro to "Only the Lonely". In 1957, Frank Sinatra recorded a song of the same name for the album Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (not related to Orbison's recording).

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History[edit]

After a two-year stint at Sun Records, Roy Orbison signed up with RCA Records in 1958, but left after two singles. in early 1959 Orbison's manager Wesley Rose asked producer and owner Fred Foster if he was interested in signing him for Monument Records. Foster said yes. The album was recorded at RCA Studio B using Two and three track tape machines.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson, except where indicated.
All tracks recorded 15-17 September 1960, except where indicated

Side One
  1. "Only the Lonely" — 2:26, 25 March 1960
  2. "Bye Bye Love" (Felice & Boudleaux Bryant) — 2:14
  3. "Cry" (Churchill Kohlman) — 2:41
  4. "Blue Avenue" — 2:20, 25 March 1960
  5. "I Can't Stop Loving You" (Don Gibson) — 2:43
  6. "Come Back To Me (My Love)" — 2:27
Side Two
  1. "Blue Angel" — 2:51, August 1960
  2. "Raindrops" (Joe Melson) — 1:53, September 1959
  3. "(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time" (Don Gibson) — 3:08
  4. "I'm Hurtin'" — 2:43
  5. "Twenty-Two Days" (Gene Pitney) — 3:07
  6. "I'll Say It's My Fault" (Orbison, Fred Foster) — 2:21