Roy Orbison discography

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Roy Orbison discography

Orbison in 1965.
Releases
Studio albums 23
Live albums 4
Compilation albums 24
Singles 92

The discography of Roy Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), a singer-songwriter who found the most success in the early rock and roll era from 1957 to 1964. He later enjoyed success as a member of The Traveling Wilburys and a brief resurgence in the 1980s. At the height of his popularity, 22 of Orbison's songs placed on the Billboard Top 40 chart, and six peaked in the top five, including two Number Ones.

Born and raised in Texas, Orbison got his start in a rockabilly band in high school. He broke into professional music under Sam Phillips at Sun Records, but found only marginal success there.[1] After a couple years writing for other musicians, Orbison recorded several songs at Monument Records under producer Fred Foster. With Foster, Orbison and songwriters Joe Melson and Bill Dees tailored many of Orbison's songs for his unique voice; his most popular songs were dramatic ballads ending with emotional crescendos that showcased his powerful vocals. After his biggest hit in 1964, "Oh, Pretty Woman", Orbison continued to record, but not until 1987 did he find the success he had once known when his single "In Dreams" was used in David Lynch's film Blue Velvet. The next year, Orbison recorded with the supergroup Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison.[2] Lynne produced Orbison's final album Mystery Girl, which was released posthumously in February 1989.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Certifications Label
US US Country CAN CAN Country US CAN
1961 Roy Orbison at the Rock House Sun
Lonely and Blue Monument
1962 Crying 21
1963 In Dreams 35
1965 Orbisongs 136
There Is Only One Roy Orbison 55 MGM
1966 The Orbison Way 128
The Classic Roy Orbison
1967 Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson
The Fastest Guitar Alive Original Soundtrack
Cry Softly Lonely One
1969 Roy Orbison's Many Moods
1970 Hank Williams the Roy Orbison Way
The Big O London
1972 Roy Orbison Sings MGM
Memphis
1973 Milestones
1974 I'm Still in Love with You Mercury
1977 Regeneration Monument
1979 Laminar Flow Asylum
1985 Class of '55
(with Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins)
15 PolyGram
1988 Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
(with The Traveling Wilburys)
3 3 3× Platinum 6× Platinum Wilbury Records
1989 Mystery Girl 5 17 4 20 Platinum 3× Platinum Virgin
1992 King of Hearts 179 61

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Label
US CAN
1989 A Black & White Night Live 123 63 Virgin
1998 Combo Concert: 1965 Holland Orbison
1998 Live at the BBC Master Tone/BBC
2010 The Last Concert (December 4, 1988) Eagle

Compilations[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Certifications Label
US US Country CAN US CAN
1962 Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits 13 Gold Monument
1964 More of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits 19
Early Orbison 101
1966 The Very Best of Roy Orbison 94
1970 The Great Songs of Roy Orbison MGM
1972 The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison 205 23 Platinum Monument
1975 The Living Legend of Roy Orbison Columbia
1987 In Dreams: The Greatest Hits 95 Gold Virgin
1988 For the Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits 110 Rhino
1989 The Legendary Roy Orbison
20 Original Hits/Original Recordings
53 Platinum PolyGram
1989 Best Loved Standards Monument
1990 The Legendary Roy Orbison (box set) CBS
1995 Super Hits 104 54 Gold Epic
1996 The Very Best of Roy Orbison 186 29 Virgin
1998 Oh, Pretty Woman: The Greatest Hits Madacy
1999 16 Biggest Hits 47 Gold Monument
2000 20 Golden Hits 69 TeeVee
2001 Oh Pretty Woman Weton-Wesgram
2003 The Best of Roy Orbison EMI
2004 Roy Orbison 1965–1973 Vol. 1 Edsel
Roy Orbison 1965–1973 Vol. 2
Roy Orbison 1965–1973 Vol. 3
Roy Orbison 1965–1973 Vol. 4
Roy Orbison 1965–1973 Vol. 5
2006 The Essential Roy Orbison 62 Monument
The Very Best of Roy Orbison 33 Virgin
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Roy Orbison 50 Legacy
The Soul of Rock and Roll
2011 The Monument Singles – A-Sides (1960–1964) 50
The Monument Singles Collection (1960–1964) 55
Opus Collection 65 12

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Label Album
US US AC US Country AUS CAN CAN AC CAN Country NOR UK
1956 "Trying To Get To You"
b/w "Ooby Dooby"
Je-Wel Roy Orbison At The Rockhouse
"Ooby Dooby"
b/w "Go! Go! Go!" (Non-album track)
59 Sun
"Rock House"
b/w "You're My Baby"
1957 "Sweet and Easy To Love"
b/w "Devil Doll"
"Chicken Hearted"
b/w "I Like Love"
Non-album tracks
1958 "Seems To Me"
b/w "Sweet and Innocent" (from Little Richard & Roy Orbison)
RCA Special Delivery (Various Artists)
"Almost 18"
b/w "Jolie"
1959 "Paper Boy"
b/w "With The Bug"
Monument Non-album tracks
"Up Town"
b/w "Pretty One" (from Early Orbison)
72 Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
1960 "Only The Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)"
b/w "Here Comes That Song Again" (Non-album track)
2 5 2 4 1 Lonely and Blue
"Blue Angel"
b/w "Today's Teardrops" (Non-album track)
9 28 14 11
"I'm Hurtin'"
b/w "I Can't Stop Loving You"
27 27
1961 "Running Scared" / 1 5 1 9 Crying
"Love Hurts" 5
"Crying" / 2 1 3 25
"Candy Man" 25 3 Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
1962 "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"
b/w "The Actress" (Non-album track)
4 2 8 5 2
"The Crowd"
b/w "Mama"
26 25 25 40
"Evergreen"
b/w "Love Star"
100
"Working For The Man" / 33 1 19 50 More Of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
"Leah" 25 19
1963 "In Dreams"
b/w "Shahdaroba"
7 3 1 7 6 In Dreams
"Falling" / 22 7 3 29 9 More Of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
"Distant Drums" Non-album track
"Blue Bayou" / 29 1 14 10 3 In Dreams
"Mean Woman Blues" 5 14 3 More Of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
"Pretty Paper" / 15 10 4 9 6
"Beautiful Dreamer" In Dreams
1964 "Borne On The Wind" / 8 15 More Of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
"What'd I Say"
"It's Over" / 9 1 9 29 10 1
"Indian Wedding"
"Oh, Pretty Woman"
b/w "Yo Te Amo Maria"
1 1 1 1 1 Orbisongs
"She Wears My Ring"
EP 45, p/w "Wedding Day"
b/w "Love Hurts",
"Borne On The Wind" (from More Of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits)
68 Crying
1965 "Goodnight"
b/w "Only With You" (Non-album track)
21 6 5 14 Orbisongs
"(Say) You're My Girl"
b/w "Sleepy Hollow"
39 8 17 23
"Ride Away"
b/w "Wondering"
25 15 1 34 MGM There Is Only One
"Crawling Back"
b/w "If You Can't Say Something Nice" (from There Is Only One)
46 14 2 19 The Orbison Way
"Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart"
b/w "Wait" (from The Classic Roy Orbison)
31 19 2 22
1966 "Let The Good Times Roll"
b/w "Distant Drums" (Non-album track)
81 Monument Orbisongs
"Twinkle Toes"
b/w "Where Is Tomorrow"
39 13 25 29 MGM The Classic Roy Orbison
"Lana"
b/w "Our Summer Song"
4 15 Monument Crying
"Too Soon To Know"
b/w "You'll Never Be Sixteen Again" (from The Classic Roy Orbison)
68 20 71 3 MGM Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson
"There Won't Be Many Coming Home"
b/w "City Life" (from The Classic Roy Orbison)
12 12 The Fastest Guitar Alive soundtrack
"Communication Breakdown"
b/w "Going Back To Gloria" (from The Classic Roy Orbison)
60 64 8 Cry Softly Lonely One
1967 "So Good"
b/w "Memories" (from Cry Softly Lonely One)
132 28 32 Non-album track
"Cry Softly Lonely One"
b/w "Pistolero" (from The Fastest Guitar Alive soundtrack)
52 10 29 Cry Softly Lonely One
"She"
b/w "Here Comes The Rain Baby"
119 23
1968 "Born To Be Loved By You"
b/w "Shy Away"
25 Non-album track
"Walk On"
b/w "Flowers" (Non-album track)
121 53 93 39 Roy Orbison's Many Moods
"Heartache"
b/w "Sugar Man" (Non-album track)
104 57 89 44
1969 "My Friend" / 99 35 The Great Songs Of Roy Orbison
"Southbound Jericho Parkway"
"Penny Arcade"
b/w "Tennessee Owns My Soul" (Non-album track)
133 1 27
"Break My Mind"
b/w "How Do You Start Over"
26 Non-album tracks
1970 "She Cheats On Me"
b/w "How Do You Start Over"
"So Young"
b/w "If I Had A Woman Like You"
122 82
1971 "(Love Me Like You Did) Last Night"
b/w "Close Again"
1972 "God Love You"
b/w "Changes"
Roy Orbison Sings
"Remember The Good"
b/w "Harlem Woman"
"Memphis, Tennessee"
b/w "I Can Read Between The Lines" (Non-album track)
84 Memphis
1973 "Blue Rain (Coming Down)"
b/w "Sooner Or Later" (Non-album track)
Milestones
"I Wanna Live"
b/w "You Lay Easy On My Mind"
1974 "Sweet Mama Blue"
b/w "Heartache"
Mercury I'm Still In Love With You
1975 "Hung Up On You"
b/w "Spanish Nights"
"Still"
b/w "It's Lonely"
56
1976 "Belinda"
b/w "No Chain At All"
Monument Regeneration
"I'm A Southern Man"
b/w "Born To Love Me"
1977 "Drifting Away"
b/w "Under Suspicion" (from Regeneration)
Non-album track
1979 "Easy Way Out"
b/w "Tears"
109 Asylum Laminar Flow
"Poor Baby"
b/w "Lay It Down"
1980 "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again" (with Emmylou Harris)
b/w "Lola" (by Craig Hundley, non-album track)
55 10 6 97 31 3 Warner Bros. Roadie soundtrack
1985 "Wild Hearts (...Time)
b/w "Wild Hearts" (Instrumental)
76 ZTT/Island Shape Of The Universe: A Souvenir Of Insignificance
(Various artists)
1987 "In Dreams"
b/w "Leah"
75 Virgin In Dreams: The Greatest Hits
"Crying" (with k.d. lang)
b/w "Falling" (from In Dreams: The Greatest Hits)
28 42 2 10 25 Hiding Out soundtrack
1988 "Handle With Care"
b/w "Margarita"
(Traveling Wilburys)
45 3 3 21 Wilbury/WB Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
1989 "You Got It"
b/w "The Only One" (first pressings)
"Crying" (later pressings, from In Dreams: The Greatest Hits)
9 1 7 3 1 3 3 3 Virgin Mystery Girl
"End Of The Line"
b/w "Congratulations"
(Traveling Wilburys)
63 12 11 Wilbury/WB Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
"California Blue"
b/w "In Dreams"
44 51 61 75 58 77 Virgin Mystery Girl
"She's A Mystery To Me"
b/w "Dream Baby" (live, non-album track)
23 17 27
1990 "Oh Pretty Woman"
b/w "Claudette"
48 89 80 A Black & White Night Live
1992 "I Drove All Night"
b/w "Forever Friends" (by Sheena Easton, non-album track)
22 31 7 MCA King Of Hearts
"Crying" (re-issue with k.d. lang)
b/w "Falling" (from In Dreams: The Greatest Hits)
40 71 13 Virgin Hiding Out soundtrack
"Heartbreak Radio"
b/w "Crying" (by Roy Orbison and k.d. lang)
31 37 36 MCA King Of Hearts

Collaborations and guest appearances[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Colin Escott, pg.150
  2. ^ Ellis Amburn, pg.214.

References[edit]

  • Amburn, Ellis (1990). Dark Star: The Roy Orbison Story, Carol Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8184-0518-X
  • Escott, CE. (1992). Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll. New York, N.Y.: St.Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-08199-5