ROY ORBISON "YOU GOT IT"
By Mark Nobes
"You Got It" was the first top 30 hit single for Roy Orbison since "Penny Arcade" had reached #27 in 1969. However, the singer did reach #21 in 1988 as part of supergroup Traveling Wilbury's with "Handle With Care". The song was penned by Orbison alongside his band mates Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.The single was released soon after his death from a heart attack on Dec 6 1988, aged 52.
The song was penned by Orbison alongside his band mates Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. The single was released soon after his death - the singer died from a heart attack on Dec 6 1988, aged 52.
The song marked the end of a very long musical career that had started way back in 1956 and reached a peak in the early to mid 1960s. There is no mistaking that distinctive, trembling voice, and this was the first single to be released from his 22nd album Mystery Girl. The album was completed just a month before his death in Nov 1988.
Orbison had performed the song at the Diamond Awards Festival in Belgium (his only public performance) on 19th Nov 1988, and the footage was used in the music video. The B-side featured track eight from Mystery Girl entitled "The Only One". A further two singles were released from the album, "California Girl" which reached #77 in the UK singles chart and "She's A Mystery To Me" which reached #27. The album was critically acclaimed and received high ratings from the major music magazines. It was partly recorded at Friar Park Studios in Oxfordshire, England.
"You Got It" was covered by both Whoopi Goldberg and Bonnie Raitt (separately) for the soundtrack to the 1995 comedy movie Boys On The Side. Raitt's version reached #34 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"You Got It" reached the top ten in just about every country it was released in, and peaked at #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, the song entered the charts at #24 on Jan 8th 1989, quickly climbing to #7 the following week and then No.4. It reached a peak position of #3 on 5th Feb for one week.