Roy Orbison “Only The Lonely”


July 25th,1960 Roy Orbison’s “Only The Lonely” peaks at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot-100. It’s kept out of the No. 1 spot by “I’m Sorry” by Brenda Lee.

The Everly Brothers and Elvis both turned the song down. Over the next six years, The Big O would have 22 Top 40 hits.  

On July 25th, 1960, the Top-10 on Billboard looked like this:

No. 1 “I’m Sorry” Breda Lee

No. 2 “Only The Lonely” Roy Orbison

No. 3 “Ally Oop” The Hollywood Argyles

No. 4 “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” Connie Francis

No. 5 “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” Brian Hyland

No. 6 “Mule Skinner Blues” The Fendermen

No. 7 “Image Of A Girl” The Safaris

No. 8 “Tell Laura I Love Her”  Ray Peterson

No. 9 “Please Help Me I’m Falling” Hank Locklin

No. 10 “That’s All You Gotta Do” Brenda Lee

  The “Flip” or “B” side of “I’m Sorry”.

  Written by Jerry Reed who wrote “Guitar Man” and “U.S. Male”  

  for Elvis Presley. Reed would have hits of his own in the 1970’s  

  with “Amos Moses” and “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”