On June 5, 1961 Roy Orbison went to No.1

Jun 05, 2013

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On June 5, 1961 Roy Orbison went to No.1 on the US charts with his single Running Scared. This single was classified as an operatic rock ballad and recorded as part of the final track on Orbison’s album Crying.

This song is often noted as being a song without a chorus. Instead, the verse builds to a climax that, without vibrato, demonstrates the powerfulness of Roy Orbison’s voice. This song was written in the bolero style (slow-tempo Latin music), which Orbison is credited with bringing to rock music.

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