Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” Goes No.1 in 1964

One of the singer’s signature songs and an enduring Rock classic

Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” Goes No.1 in 1964

On September 26th, 1964 Roy Orbison reaches No.1 on Hot 100 with what became one of his signature songs, “Oh, Pretty Woman” The song was a worldwide hit and scored No.1 in several countries worldwide, it had a resurgence in 1990 when it was used as the title song for the movie “Pretty Woman” starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. The title was inspired by Orbison’s wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected “A pretty woman never needs any money.” In 1999, the song was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and was named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. In 2004, Aside of “Oh, Pretty Woman”, Orbison had a string of hits during the 1950’s and 1960’s such as “Crying”, “In Dreams”, “Love Hurts” “Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)”, and “It’s Over”. During the late 1980’s shortly before his death, Orbison recorded two successful hit songs “You Got It” and “I Drove All Night”

Watch Roy Orbison performing “Oh, Pretty Woman” live in 1965

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