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Quiz about The Music of Roy Orbison
Quiz about The Music of Roy Orbison

The Music of Roy Orbison Trivia Quiz


Roy Orbison is one of the best loved and best remembered singers from the '60s. See if you remember his music as well as you thought you did. Singing the songs will help.

A multiple-choice quiz by shipyardbernie. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
322,781
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
1293
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 74 (8/10), Guest 174 (6/10), Guest 188 (10/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Name the only Roy Orbison song that was number one in the US and UK from reading these lyrics.

"If that's the way it must be, okay,
I guess I'll go on home, it's late"
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Question 2 of 10
2. Roy Orbison, unlike many singers, used his real name as his stage name. What was his middle name? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Identify the title of Roy Orbison's first US Billboard number one hit from these words:

"Then all at once he was standing there
So sure of himself, his head in the air"
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Question 4 of 10
4. Find the title of this song, which was Roy Orbison's second UK number one, from these lyrics:

"All the rainbows in the sky
Start to weep then say goodbye"
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Question 5 of 10
5. Roy Orbison recorded this song for an album in 1960, but someone else had a trans-Atlantic number one with it in 1962. Can you get the title from these lyrics?

"Those happy hours that we once knew
Though long ago, still make me blue"
Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. This song was the first UK number one for Roy Orbison. Read these lyrics to get the title.

"There goes my baby, there goes my heart
They're gone forever, so far apart"
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Question 7 of 10
7. We are supposed to be happy at this time of year. Guess what the song is from these lyrics:

"There he sits all alone on the sidewalk
Hoping that you won't pass him by"
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Question 8 of 10
8. Who had a hit record with a song that Roy Orbison wrote about his first wife? He named the song after her as well. These lyrics may help:

"I'm gonna be so happy for the rest of my life
When my brand new baby is my brand new wife"
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Question 9 of 10
9. Name the song that returned Roy Orbison to the top ten in the US and UK in the late '80s, from these words:

"Every time I look into your lovely eyes
I see a love that money just can't buy"
Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What was the nickname Roy Orbison had while he was a member of super group The Traveling Wiburys during the recording of their first album? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Name the only Roy Orbison song that was number one in the US and UK from reading these lyrics. "If that's the way it must be, okay, I guess I'll go on home, it's late"

Answer: Oh, Pretty Woman

"Oh, Pretty Woman" was number one for three weeks on the US Billboard pop chart and number one for two weeks on the UK chart in 1964.

"Blue Bayou" reached number 29 on the US pop chart as the B-side of "Mean Woman Blues" in 1963. As a double A-side, they reached number three on the UK chart. "In Dreams" reached number seven on the US Billboard pop chart in 1963. It reached number six on the UK chart. "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" reached number four on the US pop chart in 1962. It went higher on the UK chart, but got stuck at number two.
2. Roy Orbison, unlike many singers, used his real name as his stage name. What was his middle name?

Answer: Kelton

Roy Kelton Orbison was born on April 23, 1936.

Incorrect choices: Charles Weedon Westover was better known as Del Shannon (biggest US hit "Runaway", US Billboard pop chart number one and UK chart number one). Charles Hardin Holley was called Buddy Holly (biggest US hit "That'll Be The Day", US Billboard pop chart number one and UK chart number one). Charles Eugene Boone went by the name Pat Boone (biggest US hit "Love Letters in the Sand", US Billboard pop chart number one and UK chart number two).
3. Identify the title of Roy Orbison's first US Billboard number one hit from these words: "Then all at once he was standing there So sure of himself, his head in the air"

Answer: Running Scared

Roy was "Running Scared", all the way to number one for one week on the US Billboard pop chart in 1961. He slowed down a little and came to a halt at number nine on the UK chart.

"Candy Man" was the B-side of "Crying" and reached number 25 on the US Billboard pop chart in 1961. It did not chart in the UK. "Blue Angel" reached number nine on the US Billboard pop chart in 1960. It just missed the top ten in the UK and stuck at number eleven. "Crying" reached number two on the US Billboard pop chart in 1961. No wonder Roy was upset--it only reached number 25 on the UK chart. In 1992, a new version of "Crying" reached number 13 on the UK chart as a duet by Roy Orbison and kd lang.
4. Find the title of this song, which was Roy Orbison's second UK number one, from these lyrics: "All the rainbows in the sky Start to weep then say goodbye"

Answer: It's Over

"It's Over" reached number nine on the US Billboard pop chart in 1964. It was number one on the UK chart for two weeks. It was the first UK number one by an American artist in eleven months! The song was Roy's first of two UK number one hits of the year.

"The Crowd" reached number 26 on the US Billboard pop chart in 1962 and only number 40 on the UK chart. "Workin' for the Man" was the US B-side of "Leah", but reached number 33 on the US pop chart in 1962. It was the A-side in the UK and reached number 50 on the UK chart. "Falling" reached number 22 on the US pop chart in 1963, but went up to number nine on the UK chart.
5. Roy Orbison recorded this song for an album in 1960, but someone else had a trans-Atlantic number one with it in 1962. Can you get the title from these lyrics? "Those happy hours that we once knew Though long ago, still make me blue"

Answer: I Can't Stop Loving You

"I Can't Stop Loving You" was written by country singer Don Gibson who had a number 81 hit on the US Billboard pop chart with the song in 1958. Roy Orbison recorded it for his "Lonely and Blue" album in 1960. Ray Charles had a number one hit for five weeks on the US Billboard pop chart and for two weeks on the UK chart with the song in 1962.

The three alternative tracks were also on the Roy Orbison "Lonely and Blue" album.
6. This song was the first UK number one for Roy Orbison. Read these lyrics to get the title. "There goes my baby, there goes my heart They're gone forever, so far apart"

Answer: Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)

"Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)" reached number two on the US Billboard pop chart in 1960. It went one better in the UK and was number one for two weeks. Written by Roy, it was rumored that Elvis and The Everly Brothers turned the song down.

"I'm Hurtin'" reached number 27 on the US Billboard pop chart in 1961, but it did not chart in the UK. "Mean Woman Blues" reached number five on the US Billboard pop chart in 1963. It was a double A-side with "Blue Bayou" in the UK and reached number three on the UK chart. "Up Town" reached number 72 on the US Billboard pop chart in 1960, but it did not chart in the UK.
7. We are supposed to be happy at this time of year. Guess what the song is from these lyrics: "There he sits all alone on the sidewalk Hoping that you won't pass him by"

Answer: Pretty Paper

"Pretty Paper" was written by Willie Nelson. It reached number 15 on the US Billboard pop chart in 1963. It reached number six on the UK chart in 1964.

"(Say) You're My Girl" reached number 39 on the US pop chart in 1965. It reached number 23 on the UK chart. "Goodnight" reached number 21 on the US pop chart in 1965. It reached number 14 on the UK chart. "Ride Away" reached number 25 on the US pop chart in 1965. It reached number 34 on the UK chart.
8. Who had a hit record with a song that Roy Orbison wrote about his first wife? He named the song after her as well. These lyrics may help: "I'm gonna be so happy for the rest of my life When my brand new baby is my brand new wife"

Answer: The Everly Brothers

The song was "Claudette" and The Everly Brothers had the hit record with it. It was the B-side of "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and it reached number 30 on the US Billboard pop chart. Both tracks were a double A-side in the UK and reached number one for seven weeks on the UK chart.

Roy's first wife Claudette was killed in a motorcycle accident in June 1966. The couple was riding home from Bristol, Tennessee when she was struck by a truck and killed instantly.
9. Name the song that returned Roy Orbison to the top ten in the US and UK in the late '80s, from these words: "Every time I look into your lovely eyes I see a love that money just can't buy"

Answer: You Got It

"You Got It" was written by Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty. It reached number nine on the US Billboard pop chart and number three on the UK chart in 1989. Unfortunately, Roy Orbison did not live to see his new chart success, because he died in December 1988, aged 52.
10. What was the nickname Roy Orbison had while he was a member of super group The Traveling Wiburys during the recording of their first album?

Answer: Lefty Wilbury

Roy Orbison was known as Lefty Wilbury. The Traveling Wilburys came about in the 1988 after some of the group's members got together to record a track for the B-side of George Harrison's single "This Is Love"

Nelson Wilbury was George Harrison, Otis Wilbury was Jeff Lynne, and Lucky Wilbury was Bob Dylan. The fifth member of the Wilbury family was Charley T. Wilbury Jr., better known as Tom Petty.
Source: Author shipyardbernie

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