EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ – Roy Orbison

What was the number one song in the UK on 8th October 1964?

Roy is back again, this time with Oh, Pretty Woman, which was number one for 2 weeks and then again on 12th November for another week.

Is there a more distinctive beginning to a song than Oh, Pretty Woman? Well, possibly, but it has to be up there. As the drumbeat and intro guitar crescendo the familiar lyrics kick in and the listener is thrown into the Orbison’s yearning for that pretty woman and then as soon as it started, it seems like it’s over. Oh, Pretty Woman has universal appeal, which explains how it got to number one in 11 countries across the world and sold 7 million copies. Of course, for many of us of a certain age the song reminds of the Julia Roberts film of the same title “Big mistake. Big! Huge!”


Pretty woman, walking down the street
Pretty woman, the kind I’d like to meet
Pretty woman, I don’t believe you
You’re not the truth
No one could look as good as you
Pretty woman, won’t you pardon me?
Pretty woman, I couldn’t help but see
Pretty woman, that you look lovely as can be
Are you lonely just like me?
Pretty woman, stop a while
Pretty woman, talk a while
Pretty woman, give your smile to me
Pretty woman, yeah, yeah, yeah
Pretty woman, look my way
Pretty woman, say you’ll stay with me
‘Cause I need you
I’ll treat you right
Come to me, baby
Be mine tonight
Pretty woman, don’t walk on by
Pretty woman, don’t make me cry
Pretty woman, don’t walk away, hey
If that’s the way it must be, okay
I guess I’ll go on home, it’s late
There’ll be tomorrow night, but wait
What do I see?
Is she walking back to me?
Yeah, she’s walking back to me
Oh, oh, pretty woman

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