Penny Arcade: ROY ORBISON

Australian singles chart:
Penny Arcade entered the Kent charts on 27 September 1969 and was a #1 hit. It was the #7 song on the Top 100 of 1969.

The song is on the US album The Big O which wasn’t released in Australia.

Roy Orbison was was known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. His music was described by critics as operatic, earning him the nicknames “the Caruso of Rock” and “the Big O”.
Roy died of a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 52.
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By the late ’60s Roy Orbison’s chart career appeared to be stagnating. However in 1969 he recorded this song written by English songwriter Sammy King, which not only returned him to the UK top 30 for the first time in three years, but also shot straight to #1 in Australia and New Zealand, outselling The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. In the US it peaked at #133.
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