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Roy Orbison discography
Roy Orbison 1965.jpg
Orbison in 1965.
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 U.S. Billboard Top 40 chart, and six peaked in the Top Five, including two Number Ones. In the U.K., Orbison scored ten Top 10 hits between 1960 and 1966, including three No.1 singles.

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 his frequent songwriting partners 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

Studio albums

Title Album details US Chart Peaks[3][4] International Chart Peaks Certifications
Bill
200
Country
Albums
AUS
[5][6]
CAN
[7]
GER
[8]
NED
[9]
NZ
[10]
NOR
[11]
SWE
[12]
UK
[13]
Roy Orbison
at the Rock House
Lonely and Blue 14
Crying
  • Released: 1962
  • Label: Monument Records
21 17
In Dreams
  • Released: 1963
  • Label: Monument Records
35 6
Orbisongs
  • Released: 1965
  • Label: Monument Records
136 40
Oh, Pretty Woman 5
There Is Only
One Roy Orbison
55 10
The Orbison Way
  • Released: 1966
  • Label: MGM Records
128 11
The Classic Roy Orbison
  • Released: 1966
  • Label: MGM Records
12
Roy Orbison
Sings Don Gibson
  • Released: 1967
  • Label: MGM Records
The Fastest Guitar Alive
  • Released: 1967
  • Label: MGM Records
Cry Softly Lonely One
  • Released: 1967
  • Label: MGM Records
Roy Orbison's Many Moods
  • Released: 1969
  • Label: MGM Records
Hank Williams
the Roy Orbison Way
  • Released: 1970
  • Label: MGM Records
The Big O
  • Released: 1970
  • Label: London Records
Roy Orbison Sings
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: MGM Records
Memphis
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: MGM Records
Milestones
  • Released: 1973
  • Label: MGM Records
I'm Still in Love with You
Regeneration
  • Released: 1977
  • Label: Monument Records
Laminar Flow
Class of '55(with Johnny Cash,
Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins)
15
In Dreams: The Greatest Hits
(studio re-recordings of older hits)
95 24 2 86
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
(As Traveling Wilburys)
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Wilbury Records
3 1 3 10 33 2 2 2 16
Mystery Girl
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Virgin Records
5 17 1 4 4 1 7 1 1 2
King of Hearts
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Virgin Records
179 25 61 18 23
Mystery Girl
(25th Anniversary Edition)
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Virgin Records
39 90
One of the Lonely Ones 40
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation albums

There are hundreds of compilations and greatest hits of Roy Orbison released internationally. Below is a selection of all the compilation albums which have achieved global chart peaks. For a more complete list of compilation releases, see link. [27]

Title Album details US Chart Peaks[3][4] International Chart Peaks Certifications
Billboard
200
Country
Albums
AUS
[5][6]
CAN
[7]
GER
[8]
NED
[9]
NZ
[10]
NOR
[11]
SWE
[12]
UK
[13]
Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1962
  • Label: Monument Records
13 31 40
More of Roy Orbison's
Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1964
  • Label: Monument Records
19
Exciting Sounds
of Roy Orbison
17
Early Orbison
  • Released: 1964
  • Label: Monument Records
101
The Very Best of
Roy Orbison (1966 release)
  • Released: 1966
  • Label: Monument Records
94
The All-Time Greatest Hits
of Roy Orbison
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: Monument Records
23 39
The Best of Roy Orbison 1
Golden Days
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Monument Records
17 63
The Very Best of
Roy Orbison (1986 release)
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Arcade Records
61
For the Lonely:
18 Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Rhino Records
110
The Collection
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Arcade Records
7
The Legendary Roy Orbison
20 Original Hits/Recordings
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Polygram
53 1
  • CAN: Platinum [23]
  • UK: 2x Platinum [16]
The Very Best of
Roy Orbison - You Got It
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Virgin Records
20 22
Blue Bayou — Seine
24 Schönsten Love-Songs
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: CBS Records
13
Ballads 38
The Very Best of
(with Fats Domino)
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Dino Music
18
Super Hits
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Epic Records
104 54
The Very Best of
Roy Orbison (1996 release)
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Virgin Records
186 29 23 75 8 33 18
16 Biggest Hits
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
47
The Very Best of
(Various European Releases)
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: (Various Labels)
77 4 1
Love Songs
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Virgin Records
8 4
20 Golden Hits
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: TeeVee Records
69
The Platinum Collection
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: EMI Virgin
16
The Essential Roy Orbison
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Monument Records
62 39 35 6 5
The Very Best of
Roy Orbison (2006 release)
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Monument Records
11 33 3 20
Playlist: The Very Best of
Roy Orbison
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Virgin Records
50
The Monument Singles
A-Sides (1960–1964)
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
50 26 34 87
The Monument Singles
Collection (1960–1964)
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
55
Opus Collection
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
65 12
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Live albums

Title Album details International Chart Peaks Certifications
US
[3][4]
AUS
[5][6]
CAN
[7]
NED
[9]
NZ
[10]
SWE
[12]
UK
[13]
A Black & White Night Live
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Virgin Records
123 28 63 68 14 45 51
Combo Concert: 1965 Holland
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Orbison
Live at the BBC
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Mastertone/BBC
The Last Concert
(4 December 1988)
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Eagle
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles

Year Single "B" Side US Chart Peaks [3][4] International Chart Peaks Certifications Album
(Main Title)
Hot
100
Adult
Con.
Hot
Country
AUS
[31]
BEL
[32]
CAN
[33]
IRE
[34]
NED
[35]
NOR
[36]
UK
[37]
1956 "Tryin' to Get to You" "Ooby Dooby" Roy Orbison at the Rock House
"Ooby Dooby" "Go! Go! Go!" 59
"Rock House" "You're My Baby"
1957 "Sweet and Easy to Love" "Devil Doll"
"Chicken Hearted" "I Like Love" (Single release only)
1958 "Seems to Me" "Sweet and Innocent" Special Delivery
(Various Artists)
"Almost 18" "Jolie"
1959 "Paper Boy" "With the Bug" (Single release only)
"Up Town" "Pretty One" 72 Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
1960 "Only the Lonely
(Know the Way I Feel)
"
"Here Comes
That Song Again"
2 5 6 2 1 7 4 1 Lonely and Blue
"Blue Angel" "Today's Teardrops" 9 28 14 11
"I'm Hurtin'" "I Can't Stop Loving You" 27 27
1961 "Running Scared" "Love Hurts" 1 1 5 1 9 Crying
"Crying" "Candy Man" 2 2 1 3 25
1962 "Dream Baby
(How Long Must I Dream)
"
"The Actress" 4 2 8 1 9 5 2 Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
"The Crowd" "Mama" 26 25 25 40
"Evergreen" "Love Star" 100
"Working for the Man" "Leah" 3 33 1 19 50 More of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
1963 "In Dreams" "Shahdaroba" 7 3 1 7 7 1 6 In Dreams
"Falling" "Distant Drums" 4 22 7 3 8 29 8 9
"Blue Bayou" "Mean Woman Blues" 5 29 1 3 14 1 10 3
"Pretty Paper" "Beautiful Dreamer" 15 10 4 9 6
1964 "Borne on the Wind" "What'd I Say" 6 8 9 15 More of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
"It's Over" "Indian Wedding" 7 9 1 9 4 29 1 4 10 1
"Oh, Pretty Woman" "Yo te Amo María" 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Orbisongs
1965 "Goodnight" "Only with You" 21 6 2 5 5 14
"(Say) You're My Girl" "Sleepy Hollow" 39 8 15 17 10 23
"Ride Away" "Wondering" 25 15 13 1 34 There Is Only One Roy Orbison
"Crawling Back" "If You Can't
Say Something Nice"
46 14 20 2 19 The Orbison Way
"Breakin' Up
Is Breakin' My Heart"
"Wait" 31 19 9 2 22
1966 "Let the Good Times Roll" "Distant Drums" 81 Orbisongs
"Twinkle Toes" "Where Is Tomorrow" 39 13 14 25 29 The Classic Roy Orbison
"Lana" "Summersong" 4 1 8 19 15 Crying
"Too Soon to Know" "You'll Never Be Sixteen Again" 68 20 5 71 4 3 Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson
"There Won't Be
Many Coming Home"
"City Life" 12 12 The Fastest Guitar Alive
"Communication Breakdown" "Going Back to Gloria" 60 64 8 Cry Softly Lonely One
1967 "So Good" "Memories" 28 32 (Single release only)
"Cry Softly Lonely One" "Pistolero" 52 10 29 Cry Softly Lonely One
"She" "Here Comes the Rain Baby" 23
1968 "Born to Be Loved by You" "Shy Away" 25 (Single release only)
"Walk On" "Flowers" 53 93 39 Roy Orbison's Many Moods
"Heartache" "Sugar Man" 57 89 44
1969 "My Friend" "Southbound
Jericho Parkway"
8
99 35 The Great Songs of Roy Orbison
"Penny Arcade" "Tennessee Owns My Soul" 1 27 The Big O
"Break My Mind" "How Do You Start Over" 26
1970 "She Cheats on Me" "How Do You Start Over" (Single releases only)
"So Young" "If I Had a Woman Like You" 82
1971 "(Love Me Like You Did)
Last Night"
"Close Again"
1972 "God Love You" "Changes" Roy Orbison Sings
"Remember the Good" "Harlem Woman"
"Memphis, Tennessee" "I Can Read
Between the Lines"
84 Memphis
1973 "Blue Rain (Coming Down)" "Sooner or Later" Milestones
"I Wanna Live" "You Lay Easy on My Mind"
1974 "Sweet Mama Blue" "Heartache" I'm Still in Love with You
1975 "Hung Up on You" "Spanish Nights"
"Still" "It's Lonely" 56
1976 "Belinda" "No Chain at All" Regeneration
"I'm a Southern Man" "Born to Love Me"
1977 "Drifting Away" "Under Suspicion" (Single release only)
1979 "Easy Way Out" "Tears" Laminar Flow
"Poor Baby" "Lay It Down"
1980 "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again"
(with Emmylou Harris)
"Lola" 55 10 6 97 Roadie
(Soundtrack)
1985 "Wild Hearts (...Time)" "Wild Hearts (instrumental)" 76 Insignificance
(Soundtrack)
1987 "In Dreams" "Leah" 75 In Dreams: The Greatest Hits
"Crying" (with k.d. lang) "Falling" 28 42 2 King of Hearts
1988 "Handle with Care"
(As Traveling Wilburys)
"Margarita" 45 3 9 3 12 24 21 Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
1989 "You Got It" "The Only One" 9 1 7 1 1 3 2 4 3 3 Mystery Girl
"End of the Line"
(As Traveling Wilburys)
"Congratulations" 63 12 39 11 14 50 52 Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
"California Blue" "In Dreams" 44 51 65 25 75 23 77 Mystery Girl
"She's a Mystery to Me" "Dream Baby" 23 17 12 5 19 27
"Oh Pretty Woman" "Claudette" 48 89 30 A Black & White Night Live
1992 "I Drove All Night" "Forever Friends" 132 22 6 7 King of Hearts
"Crying" (reissue with k.d. lang) "Falling" 40 71 9 13
"Heartbreak Radio" "Crying" 31 36
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.
  • 1 "Love Hurts" peaked at #5 on the Australian charts.
  • 2 "Candy Man" peaked at #25 on the US Hot 100, #3 on the Canadian Hot 100 and #1 on the Australian charts.
  • 3 "Leah" peaked at #25 on the US Hot 100, #19 on the Canadian Hot 100 and #1 on the Australian charts.
  • 4 "Distant Drums" reached #3 on the Australian charts.
  • 5 "Mean Woman Blues" peaked at #5 on the US Hot 100, #14 on the Canadian Hot 100, #1 on the Australian charts and #3 on the UK singles chart.
  • 6 "What'd I Say" reached #8 on the Australian charts.
  • 7 "Indian Wedding" reached #9 on the Australian charts.
  • 8 "Southbound Jericho Parkway" reached #99 on the Australian charts.

Collaborations and guest appearances

Citations

  1. ^ Colin Escott, pg.150
  2. ^ Ellis Amburn, pg.214.
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  7. ^ a b c "Canadian Albums". RPM Albums. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
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  13. ^ a b c "UK Albums". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
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  29. ^ "ARIA Charts Accreditations - 2010 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
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  31. ^ Australian chart peaks:
  32. ^ "Belgian Singles". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  33. ^ "Canadian Singles". RPM magazine. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  34. ^ "Irish Singles". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  35. ^ "Netherlands Singles". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
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References

  • 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