Roy Orbison - Crying on Music We Grew Up With, Vol. 2 (1961)

Roy Orbison - Crying on Music We Grew Up With, Vol. 2 (1961)
"Crying" is a ballad written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson that was a hit for Orbison. The song was released as a 45-rpm single by Monument Records in July 1961 and reached No. 1 on the United States Cashbox chart for a week on October 7, 1961, and peaking at No. 2 on the rival Billboard Hot 100. Despite not reaching the summit in the latter publication, Billboard ranked the record as the No. 4 song of 1961.

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  1. His soaring baritone-to-tenor voice could be called miraculous; his songwriting prowess was matched by very few other performers in his time; and these gifts were accompanied by a near-paralyzing shyness. Among all of Roy Orbison’s towering vocal performances, the most legendary was Crying, a recording that never ceases to amaze.

  2. Crying was Orbison’s followup to his chart-topping 1961 ballad Running Scared. According to the artist, he wrote it based on a real incident in which he encountered an ex-girlfriend and didn’t reveal how much she had meant to him, only to see her again when it was too late: “I would say that I had tears in my eyes—I’ll go that far—but whether I was physically crying or just crying inside is the same thing." "He soars through the octaves with confidence and squeezes every drop of emotion from a song that is drenched in sadness,” writes Thomas Ryan.