Roy And Ray - One Cup of Java Challenge
Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in history, 1964, Roy Orbison released what would become the biggest hit song of his career. That song was about a woman. On this date in history, 1970, The Kinks released what would become the biggest hit song of their career. That songs was about a man. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning: to name both of those hits, memorable tunes from Roy Orbison and The Kinks.
Answer: (Oh) Pretty Woman and Lola
Bonus Blog Trivia: Orbison said he wrote this song in "about 20 minutes," adding "really great songs don't take long to write... it's the mediocre ones that take a long time." Though not mentioned in the song, Orbison's long-time songwriting partner Bill Dees says they always pictured the woman walking down the street to be in a yellow skirt and wearing red shoes. Try to listen to the song now and NOT picture that!
Bonus Blog Trivia #2: Lola makes a return appearance in The Kinks' song "Destroyer" from the '81 album Give the People What They Want: "Met a girl called lola / and I took her back to my place / Feelin' guilty, feelin' scared, hidden cameras everywhere / Stop! Hold on. Stay in control."