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Early Orbison is an album recorded by Roy Orbison on the Monument Records label at the RCA Studio B[1] in Nashville, Tennessee, and released in 1964. Essentially a compilation of songs from his first two Monument albums, it is most noteworthy for containing "Pretty One", the "B" side of Orbison's second Monument single, "Uptown". Many Orbison fans believe "Pretty One" would have been his first major hit had it been promoted as an "A" side. The second song of interest on this album is "Come Back to Me My Love" which Fred Foster, owner of Monument Records and producer of all of Orbison's earliest hits, says was the song which inspired production of the hit arrangement that later became "Only the Lonely".

Early Orbison
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ReleasedOctober 1, 1964
RecordedSeptember 18, 1959 - May 27, 1961
GenreRock and roll, rockabilly
ProducerFred Foster
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Track listingEdit

Side one
1."The Great Pretender"Buck Ram3:00
2."Cry"Churchill Kohlman2:42
3."I Can't Stop Loving You"Don Gibson2:41
4."I'll Say It's My Fault"Roy Orbison, Fred Foster2:23
5."She Wears My Ring"Felice & Boudleaux Bryant2:28
6."Love Hurts"B. Bryant2:26
Side two
1."Bye Bye Love"F. Bryant, B. Bryant2:12
2."Blue Avenue"Orbison, Joe Melson1:19
4."Come Back to Me (My Love)"Orbison, Melson2:27
5."Summer Song"Orbison, Melson2:43
6."Pretty One"Orbison2:17


  1. ^ Orbison, Roy Jr. The Authorized Roy Orbison. Orbison, Wesley,, Orbison, Alex, (First ed.). New York. ISBN 9781478976547. OCLC 1005700738.