14 December: Roy Orbison: Pretty Paper

Published December 14, 2014

After yesterday's upbeat and highly original take on Jingle Bells, today I thought we'd take a look at the sad side of the holiday season. Written by Willie Nelson, Pretty Paper was a 1963 hit single for the mighty Roy Orbison. I don't think I heard it until sometime in the late Eighties, when I bought a double-album Orbison compilation, but it's been a favourite of mine ever since. Orbison and his team at RCA Studio B in Nashville sure knew how to make an attractive package out of self-pity.

Listen to Pretty Paper here.

Roy Orbison: Pretty Paper.