1964 Songs

“‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ or ‘Pretty Woman’ is a song recorded by Roy Orbison, written by Orbison and Bill Dees. … The lyrics tell the story of a man who sees a pretty woman walking by. He yearns for her and wonders if, as beautiful as she is, she might be lonely like he is. At the last minute, she turns back and joins him. The title was inspired by Orbison’s wife, Claudette, interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out. When Orbison asked if she had enough cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected, ‘A pretty woman never needs any money.’ Orbison’s recording of the song was produced by Fred Foster on 1 August 1964. There were four guitar players on the session: Roy Orbison, Billy Sanford, Jerry Kennedy, and Wayne Moss. Sanford, who later played on sessions for Elvis Presley, Don Williams and many others, played the intro guitar. Williams introduced him as a kid who had just arrived in Nashville, with a borrowed guitar, who heard Orbison was minus a guitar player, went over and got the gig. Other musicians on the record included Floyd Cramer on piano, Henry Strzelecki on upright bass, Boots Randolph and Charlie McCoy on saxophones, Buddy Harman on drums, and Paul Garrison on percussion. Orbison played a 12-string Epiphone. Another account of that session, told by Harold Bradley; Bradley claimed he was there, that day, and says that after several attempts to get the sound they wanted, someone suggested they ask Joe Tanner (guitarist) to bring his 12 String Rickenbacher in and try … Bradley said, THAT made the sound you hear on the recording. Because he wasn’t scheduled on the session, Tanner was never credited. Bill Porter served as recording engineer for the song. …”
Wikipedia, YouTube: Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman, Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go, The Beatles – If I Fell, BETTY EVERETT ~ “THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG”, The Honeycombs-Have I The Right (Shindig), Rolling Stones – It’s all over now T A M I Show, J Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers – Last Kiss, Shangri-Las – Give Him a Great Big Kiss, The Impressions – Its All Right, Love potion number 9, The Searchers

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