Lonely and Blue is the debut studio album by Roy Orbison,[1] released on Monument Records in January 1961.[2]

Sings Lonely and Blue
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1961
RecordedSeptember 18, 1959 - September 17, 1960
StudioRCA Studio B, Nashville
ProducerFred Foster
Roy Orbison chronology
Sings Lonely and Blue
Roy Orbison at the Rock House

The track entitled "Come Back to Me (My Love)" features an almost identical intro to "Only the Lonely" because this is where the vocal figure of "Only the Lonely" came from.[3]

it entered the UK album chart two years later, on June 30, 1963 and reached number 14 over the course of eight weeks.[4]

History edit

After a two-year stint at Sun Records, Roy Orbison signed up with RCA Records in 1958, but left after two singles. In early 1959 Orbison's manager Wesley Rose asked producer and owner Fred Foster if he was interested in signing him for Monument Records. Foster said yes. The album was recorded at RCA Studio B using two- and three-track tape machines.

Reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [5]

Bruce Eder of AllMusic said that the album "packed with great moments and different permutations of that sound: the powerful lead vocal and the Boots Randolph sax break on "I'll Say It's My Fault"; the haunting Orbison-Melson "Come Back to Me (My Love)," a vest-pocket romantic melodrama sung with operatic depth and played to a light rock & roll beat; Don Gibson's "I'd Be a Legend in My Time", and "I Can't Stop Loving You".[5]

Cashbox appreciated the effort. "Good material and a striking delivery add up to strong merchandise."[6]

Track listing edit

All tracks recorded 15–17 September 1960, except where indicated.

Side one
1."Only the Lonely" (March 25, 1960)Roy Orbison, Joe Melson2:26
2."Bye Bye Love"Felice & Boudleaux Bryant2:14
3."Cry"Churchill Kohlman2:41
4."Blue Avenue" (March 25, 1960)Roy Orbison, Joe Melson2:20
5."I Can't Stop Loving You"Don Gibson2:43
6."Come Back to Me (My Love)"Roy Orbison, Joe Melson2:27
Side two
1."Blue Angel" (August 8, 1960)Roy Orbison, Joe Melson2:51
2."Raindrops" (September 18, 1959)Joe Melson1:53
3."(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time"Don Gibson3:08
4."I'm Hurtin'"Roy Orbison, Joe Melson2:43
5."Twenty-Two Days"Gene Pitney3:07
6."I'll Say It's My Fault"Roy Orbison, Fred Foster2:21
2006 bonus tracks
13."Up Town" (1959 single)Orbison, Melson2:07
14."Pretty One" (B-side to "Up Town")Orbison2:18
15."Here Comes That Song Again" (B-side to "Only the Lonely")D. Flood2:44
16."Today's Teardrops" (B-side to "Blue Angel")Pitney, A. Schroeder2:12

References edit

  1. ^ Orbison, Roy Jr. (2017). The Authorized Roy Orbison. Wesley Orbison, Alex Orbison, Jeff Slate (First ed.). New York: Center Street. p. 247. ISBN 978-1-4789-7654-7. OCLC 1017566749.
  2. ^ Orbison, Roy Jr. (2017). The Authorized Roy Orbison. Orbison, Wesley,, Orbison, Alex,, Slate, Jeff (First ed.). New York: Center Street. p. 251. ISBN 9781478976547. OCLC 1017566749.
  3. ^ Orbison, Roy Jr. (2017-10-17). The Authorized Roy Orbison. Orbison, Wesley,, Orbison, Alex (First ed.). New York. ISBN 9781478976547. OCLC 1005700738.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  4. ^ "Roy Orbison". Official Charts. Retrieved 20 May 2024.
  5. ^ a b "Roy Orbison – Lonely and Blue: Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2024-05-19.
  6. ^ Cash Box. Cash Box Pub. Co. 1961-01-21. p. 30.