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Encyclopedia > Oh, Pretty Woman
"Oh, Pretty Woman"
"Oh, Pretty Woman" cover
Single by Roy Orbison
Recorded 1964
Genre R&B
Label Monument Records
Roy Orbison singles chronology
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"Oh, Pretty Woman" is a song which was a worldwide hit for Roy Orbison. Recorded on the Monument Records label in Nashville, Tennessee, it was written by Orbison and Bill Dees. In 1964 the song sold more records in its first ten days in release than any other 45rpm single in history.[citation needed] Image File history File links Nocover. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... Roy Orbison at a London press conference, late 1988. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Monument Records was a record label founded in 1958 by Fred Foster. ... Roy Orbison at a London press conference, late 1988. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Roy Orbison at a London press conference, late 1988. ... Monument Records was a record label founded in 1958 by Fred Foster. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Music City Location Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Tennessee Davidson County Founded: Incorporated: 1780 1806 Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 526. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... William Bill Dees (born January 24, 1939) is an American musician most famous for his song writing collaborations with legendary singer Roy Orbison. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides—usually remixes or other songs. ...


Orbison posthumously won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his live recording of the song on his HBO television special Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. In 1999, the song was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and was named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #222 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1966. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night is an acclaimed 1988 Cinemax television special originally broadcast on HBOs Showtime starring Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll pioneer singer/songwriter Roy Orbison. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 songs (not ranked) that shaped Rock and Roll, based on the permanent exhibit of the same name (source available at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Website): Contents: Top - 0–9 A B C D E F G H I... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // History John Lennon - RS 1 (November 9, 1967)How I Won the War Film Still Founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner (who is still editor and publisher) and music critic Ralph J. Gleason, Rolling Stone was initially identified with and reported on the hippie counterculture of the... The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. ...


Content

The lyrics tell how the singer watches a pretty woman walk 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 supposedly inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his friend interjected "A pretty woman never needs any money."


Cover versions and parody

  • The song was covered very closely by the group, Van Halen in 1982, however with David Lee Roth missing a verse. The music video for this version was one of the first banned by MTV. It has subsequently aired on VH1 Classic.
  • It was covered in ska style in 1986 by the Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada.
  • In 1989, the controversial 2 Live Crew recorded a parody of the Orbison song, using the alternate title "Pretty Woman" for their album Clean As They Wanna Be. The 2 Live Crew sampled the distinctive bassline from the Orbison song, but the romantic lyrics were replaced by talk about a hairy woman and her bald-headed friend and their appeal to the singer, as well as denunciation of a "two-timing woman."
  • Orbison's publisher, Acuff-Rose Music sued 2 Live Crew on the basis that the fair use doctrine did not permit reuse of their copyrighted material for profit. The case, Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decided in 2 Live Crew's favor, greatly expanding the doctrine of fair use and extending its protections to parodies created for profit. It is considered a seminal fair use decision.

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In feature films

  • The original Orbison song, "Oh Pretty Woman", also inspired the title for the 1990 feature film, Pretty Woman starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. The film featured the song, so it licensed the song from Orbison. However, since titles cannot be copyrighted, neither Orbison nor 2 Live Crew has any claim on the title of the film.
  • The song was also licensed for the 2003 hit Bollywood film Kal Ho Naa Ho, a remarkable incident because the Indian film industry has traditionally not been as conscientious about copyrights and licensing as American filmmakers.
  • The song also appears in the movie Dumb and Dumber.
Preceded by:
"The House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Roy Orbison version)
September 26, 1964
Succeeded by:
"Do Wah Diddy Diddy" by Manfred Mann

  Results from FactBites:
 
Oh, Pretty Woman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (901 words)
In 1989, the controversial 2 Live Crew recorded a parody of the Orbison song, using the alternate title "Pretty Woman" for their album Clean as They Wanna Be.
The Crew sampled the distinctive bassline from the Orbison song, but the romantic lyrics were replaced by talk about a hairy woman and her bald-headed friend and their appeal to the singer.
The original Orbison song, "Oh Pretty Woman", was also used for a film called Pretty Woman starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts (1990).
Pretty Woman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (523 words)
Pretty Woman is an American romantic comedy motion picture that was one of the top films at the box office in 1990.
The winner of the Golden Globe Award and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead performance as Los Angeles streetwalker Vivian Ward, actress Julia Roberts achieved megastar status as a result of this film.
The film featured the song "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, and the soundtrack featured "The King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West, "Wild Women Do" by Natalie Cole, and its biggest hit, Swedish duo Roxette's "It Must Have Been Love," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1990.
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