#26 R&B, #29 Pop USA: #3 UK
This sweet ballad is from rock legend’s Roy Orbison‘s third label phase — with Monument Records (he began as a Rockabilly singer on the famed Sun Label then moved to a short stint at RCA) . I loved all phases of Orbison’s career – especially and particularly the last when he worked and performed with the super group Traveling Wilburys!
Orbison co-wrote this oft- covered classic, “Blue Bayou” with Joe Melton. The duo also composed “Only The Lonely” and Crying.”
#2 Country, #3 Pop, #3AC : #35 UK
Linda Ronstadt’s cover version bested the original in that it won two Grammy Nominations in 1977: one for 1977 Record of the Year and one for the 1977 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. The nominations were surely deserved: Linda has a voice that can send shivers up your spine.
Linda even performed her hit with The Muppets — with passion and class! (Speaking of the Muppets I just saw their new movie and enjoyed it to pieces. IT IS A MUST SEE FOR ALL AGES!)
Great sounds — aren’t they?