Crying (Roy Orbison)

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"Crying" is a rock and roll ballad written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison.

The song was released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in July 1961 and made No.1 on the United States Cashbox chart for a week on 7th October 1961, although it peaked at No. 2 on the rival Billboard Hot 100

In 1987, Orbison rerecorded the song as a duet with k.d. lang as part of the soundtrack for the motion picture, Hiding Out. Their collaboration won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. The duet version was a minor US chart hit for the two, peaking at #42 on the Hot Country Singles chart , though it was a more substantial hit in the UK in 1992, reaching No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart. Rebekah Del Rio performed an a cappella Spanish language version of the song, entitled "Llorando" in the 2001 David Lynch film Mulholland Drive.

Don McLean covered the song in 1980, taking it to No. 5 on the Hot 100, No. 2 on Adult Contemporary and No. 6 Country, as well as No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.

In 2002, "Crying" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #69 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

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