Roy Orbison says the inspiration for song was that he was dating a girl and they broke up. He wanted to speak to her to say how much he loved her, but he was stubborn. A little later, he realized that he’d made a mistake, and all was lost. The song, written by Orbison and Joe Melson, went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Cashbox in 1961. Orbison was accompanied by a terrific ensemble of Bob Moore on bass, Floyd Cramer on piano, Buddy Harmon on drums, and Boudleaux Bryant, Harold Bradley and Scotty Moore on guitar.
He was born Roy Kelton Orbison in Vernon, Texas, in 1936. The Big O was known for his emotional ballads and three- or four-octave range. He would perform standing fairly still on stage, wearing black clothes and dark sunglasses. He helped to popularize a blend of pop, country, and rock that was coming out of Nashville at the time. His recognition includes being part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also on the Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists and 100 Greatest Singers lists. He died of a heart attack at the age of 52. Roy Orbison (April 23, 1935-December 6, 1988).