Oh, Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
Song Title: Oh, Pretty Woman
Artist: Roy Orbison
Date of release: August 1964
Description: ” Oh, Pretty Woman ” is by Roy Orbison ( Roy Kelton Orbison ), the American singer-songwriter and musician. Roy was best known for his distinctive, melodramatic voice and his emotional love songs. Affectionately known to fans as the Big O.
In 1987 Roy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame with his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989.
Bruce Springsteen once commented about Roy’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ” In ’75 i went into the studio to make ‘ born to run ‘ and most of all i wanted to sing like Roy Orbison. Now everybody knows nobody sings like Roy Orbison “.
The song was written by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees ( William Marvin Dees ). Bill was an American musician best known for his songwriting partnership with Roy. In addition to co-writing some of Roy’s biggest hits, he wrote hundreds of songs which were recorded by other artists including Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Skeeter Davis, Glen Campbell, Billy Joe Royal, Frank Ifield, Mark Dinning and Gene Pitney.
The single was produced by Wesley Rose, who was an American music industry executive and record producer. His father, songwriter Fred Rose, owned a music publishing house called Acuff-Rose Music with his partner Roy Acuff. Wesley would go on to become the company’s president. The company’s music catalog is currently owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Lyrically the song is about a man who sees a pretty woman walking by. Yearning for her he stands and wonders if, with all her beauty, she might just be lonely like he is. At the last-minute, the pretty woman turns and to his amazement ” she’s walking back to me ” and joins him.
The story goes that it was when Roy was at Bill Dees house when Bill’s wife came in and said ” Give me some money honey. I’m going to the store “. To which Bill replied ” A pretty woman don’t need no money “. Roy started singing ” pretty woman walking down the street ” with Bill banging the table and by the time his wife had returned from the store they had written the song. They wrote the song on a friday, a week later they recorded it and a week after that the song was released.
” Oh, Pretty Woman ” was a commercial success for Roy. In the United States the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on the 29th of August 1964 and peaked at Number One, it held the top slot for 3 weeks and spent 15 weeks on the chart there.
By October of 1964 sales of the single in the United States had reached 1 Million, the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) certified the single Gold in the same year.
In the United Kingdom ” Oh, Pretty Woman ” entered the UK chart on the 16th of September 1964 and reached Number One where it stayed for 3 weeks. The song spent 10 weeks in the top ten and a total of 18 weeks on the UK chart.
Sales for the single in the UK were in the region of 680,000 and it was the first for many months to be Number One in the UK and US simultaneously. Worldwide sales at the time were estimated to be 4 Million.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 5, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia) 5, Canada (RPM) 1, Denmark (IFPI) 3, France (IFOP) 8, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 9, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 3, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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