Running Scared (Roy Orbison song)
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"Running Scared" is a 1961 American pop song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. An operatic rock ballad, 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 No.9 in the UK Singles Chart. It sold over one million copies in the US alone. The song was included on Orbison's 1962 album Crying as the final track on the album.
Noted for being a song written without a chorus, the song builds in the lyrics, arrangement, and vocals 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. Fred Foster producer of the session and of Monument Records did not want the powerful high note that ends the song to end in falsetto but in full or natural voice. According to Foster, the last note that ends the song is actually G above High C in full natural voice. Few female sopranos can hit High C in natural voice. This note has been noted as A over High C.
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.
Covers and popular culture
- Jack Scott, a Canadian born rockabilly singer from the same era, also had a minor 1962 hit with "Running Scared".
- Glen Campbell recorded the song on his 1973 album Glen Travis Campbell.
- The Fools on their 1981 album Heavy Mental, reaching No.50 on the Billboard 200.
- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their 1986 album Kicking Against the Pricks.
- Brokeback on their 2001 album Morse Code in the Modern Age: Across the Americas.
- John Peel, the British BBC Radio DJ who died in 2004, listed "Running Scared" by Roy Orbison as one of the songs to be played at his memorial service.
- Jeff Lynne on his 2012 album Long Wave.
- Del Shannon recorded the song in the early 1960s and sang the finale "with me" just as Orbison had, in full voice, not falsetto.
- The song featured in the trailer for the Tom Hardy film, Legend, a biopic of the Kray twins.
- It was also featured in the 2015 Belstaff short film Outlaws starring David Beckham.
- The song was featured as part of the soundtrack for the 2016 video game Mafia III.
- Jessica Andersson recorded the song on her 2009 album Wake Up
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- "Glen Travis Campbell - Glen Campbell | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
- Joe Viglione. "Heavy Mental - The Fools | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
- Ned Raggett (1986-08-18). "Kicking Against the Pricks - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds,Nick Cave | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
- Kieran McCarthy (2001-01-23). "Morse Code in the Modern Age: Across the Americas - Brokeback | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2012-10-09). "Long Wave - Jeff Lynne | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
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