Roy Orbison offered his song - 'Only The Lonely' to both Johnny Cash and to Elvis to record...both turned it down, so Orbinson set about recording it himself. It became his first hit after releasing in July of 1960, hitting #2 on the Billboard Top 100.
"Crying" is a rock and roll ballad written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson that was a hit for Orbison. The song was released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in July 1961 and made #1 on the United States Cashbox chart for a week on October 7, 1961, although it peaked at #2 on the rival Billboard Hot 100. 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".