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Billboard #1 Hits: #118- “Oh, Pretty Woman”- Roy Orbison. September 26, 1964. #1 for 3 weeks.

  • Single: “Oh, Pretty Woman”- Roy Orbison
  • Record Company- Monument
  • Genre: Rock and Roll
  • Written by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees
  • Time: 2:55
  • B-side:”Yo te Amo Maria”
  • Album- Oh! Pretty Woman
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 for 3 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Also #1 on the UK Singles Chart and in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland and West Germany.

Roy Orbison’s second #1 hit- the other was “Running Scared” in 1961. The song was inspired by Roy’s wife Claudette who interrupted a conversation by saying she was going out- when Roy asked her if she had enough cash- the co-writer Bill Dees said “A pretty woman never needs any money.”  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has “Oh! Pretty Woman” as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll- and Rolling Stone ranks the song at #224 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. In 1991 Roy’s live version of the song won him posthumously a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 1982 a new generation was introduced to the song when it was covered by Van Halen whose single went to to #12 on the Billboard Pop chart.


5 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #118: ‘OH, PRETTY WOMAN”- ROY ORBISON- SEPTEMBER 26, 1964

  1. Yup. An all time fave. The take from the “Black and White Night” is very cool. Made me notice what kind of magic T-Bone could come up with. I’ve got the growl down. Many years of practice.

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