There Is Only One Roy Orbison

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There Is Only One Roy Orbison
Studio album by Roy Orbison
Released July 1, 1965
Studio RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Rock
Length 28:15
Label MGM
Producer Wesley Rose, Jim Vienneau
Roy Orbison chronology
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There Is Only One Roy Orbison
Singles from There Is Only One Roy Orbison
  1. "Ride Away"
    Released: 1965

There Is Only One Roy Orbison is the first album recorded by Roy Orbison for MGM Records, released in July 1965. It features his studio recording of "Claudette", an Orbison-penned song which had become a hit for The Everly Brothers in 1958. Ironically, at the time he recorded the song in 1965, he had divorced his wife Claudette who had inspired the lyrics. Orbison later re-recorded the song for "In Dreams: The Greatest Hits" in 1985. (They later reconciled in 1966, before her death in a motorcycle accident in June of that year near Bristol, Tennessee). The single taken from it, though, was "Ride Away", which reached #25 in the US charts, #12 in Australia and #34 in the UK.

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In 1965, Roy Orbison was riding high with the hit single "Oh, Pretty Woman", which was Number One globally, when word got about that his Monument contract was due to expire in June. Roy was very interested in Hollywood and signed to MGM Records for one-million dollars for three albums per year from 1965-1985. Half of the millon dollars went to Decca's London Records. He also was looking for freedom when he signed with the label. His producer for Monument Records, Fred Foster and Orbison's manager Wesley Rose were having disagreements about whether or not to keep Orbison. This album charted at #10 in the UK and #55 (#41 on Cash Box, while reaching the Top 30 on Record World) in the US. It was recorded at RCA Studio B where Orbison recorded some of his biggest hits in the early 1960s

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ride Away" (Roy Orbison, Bill Dees) (3:28)
  2. "You Fool You" (Orbison, Joe Melson) (2:10)
  3. "Two of a Kind" (Bob Montgomery, Earl Sinks) (2:37)
  4. "This Is Your Song" (Dees) (2:18)
  5. "I'm in a Blue, Blue Mood" (Orbison, Melson) (1:51)
  6. "If You Can't Say Something Nice" (Orbison, Melson, Ray Rush) (2:21)
  7. "Claudette" (Orbison) (2:01)
  8. "Afraid to Sleep" (Buddy Buie, John Rainey Adkins) (2:15)
  9. "Sugar and Honey" (Orbison, Dees) (2:22)
  10. "Summer Love" (Dees, Mathis) (2:29)
  11. "Big as I Can Dream" (Bob Montgomery) (2:08)
  12. "Wondering" (Orbison, Dees) (2:16)

Produced by Wesley Rose & Jim Vienneau