Songs From The 60s
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1. Bargain

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Bargain is a track from the 1971 album, "Who's Next".

The song was never released as a single.

    • Drop D Tuning:  No
    • Capo: 3rd fret = original key
    • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat with some riffs
    • Picking: Yes
    • Chords: Gsus, G, F, C, D#, G6, A#, D
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2. Behind Blue Eyes

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Behind Blue Eyes was released as a single from the "Who's Next" album in 1971.

The single release did peak at at #24 on the US Cash Box chart and #34 on Billboard.

    • Drop D Tuning: No
    • Capo: No
    • Rhythm: use arpeggio to get started and then combine it with some dow up down up strumming
    • Picking: No
    • Chords: Em, G, D, C, A, Bm, E, B


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3. California Blue

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California Blue was from the album "Mystery Girl" which was completed one month before Roy Orbison died at age 52 in Dec 1988.

The song was written by Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. 

    • Drop D Tuning: Yes
    • Capo: No
    • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
    • Picking: No
    • Chords: D, G, Em, A7
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4. Crying

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Crying,  as many may not know,  is a song going all the way back to 1961. Co-written by Roy Orbison, it was first released and became a #2 hit for the entertainer and hails from the album of the same name.

It did reach #1 in Canada, UK, Belgium and The Netherlands.  In 1980 folk artist Don McLean did a cover of the song.

    • Drop D Tuning: Yes
    • Capo: No
    • Rhythm: root down up down up root up down up and repeat
    • Picking: No
    • Chords: G, Gaug, C, Cm, D7, Bm
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5. Don't Let Go The Coat

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Don't Let Go The Coat was the 2nd single from the 1981 album "Face Dances" and barley made the top 50 in the UK, reaching #47 on the charts.

The song managed a #77 in the US.

    • Drop D Tuning:  No
    • Capo: 3rd fret = original key
    • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
    • Picking: Yes in the rhythm
    • Chords: G, Gmaj7, C, D/Gb, D, Em, Bm
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6. Dream Baby

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Dream Baby strangely enough this number was released back in Feb of 1962 as a single but wasn't part of any album. It was just a track they decided to release and it was a #1 and a top 10 in several countries.

Later on it was included on a greatest hits album. Glen Campbell covered the song in 1971.

    • Drop D Tuning: Yes
    • Capo: No
    • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
    • Picking: Yes
    • Chords: A7, D
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7. Drove All Night

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I Drove All Night was written specifically for Roy Orbison by two writers, but for some reason he delayed on recording it and when he finally did in 1987, it wasn't released until three years after his 1989 passing. By then, Cindi Lauper and Celine Dion had major hits with the song.

The track can be found on the Orbison album "King Of Hearts".

    • Drop D Tuning: No
    • Capo: Yes
    • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
    • Picking: a little in the rhythm
    • Chords: A, G, D, Bm, Gbm
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8. Goin Mobile

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Goin Mobile hails from the 1971 album "Who's Next". Roger Daltrey did not participate in this song in any way, leaving the other three members of The Who to record the track.

The Who have never performed this song live in concert. ad it was never released as a single. 

    • Drop D Tuning: No
    • Capo: No
    • Rhythm: use some downstrokes and them some down up down up with a few quick shuffles in places
    • Picking: No just a few riffs
    • Chords: E, Gbm, D, G, D/Gb, C, Cmaj7, Dsus, Gb, B
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9. In Dreams

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In Dreams was written by Roy Orbison back in the 1960's and released a single in Feb 1963. The song did well peaking at #7 in the US and an album followed later that year of the same name. The song really showcases Orbison's vocal range as it goes beyond what even most rock singers can reach.

It was re-released again in 1987 and also used in the 1986 movie Blue Velvet. I can teach you how to play this with my Roy Orbison guitar lessons, but now how to sing it like Roy ... lol.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, Am,Dm, G7, D, Fm
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10. It's Hard

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It's Hard was one of three singles released from the 1982 album of the same name.

This track only charted in the US at #39.

    • Drop D Tuning: No
    • Capo: No
    • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
    • Picking: Yes
    • Chords: Dm, C, A#, G, D, C, Cm, Dsus, A
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11. Love Ain't For The Keeping

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Love Ain't For The Keeping is a track off the the album "Who's next" from 1971.

This track was never a single.

    • Drop D Tuning: No
    • Capo: No
    • Rhythm: down down up down down down up down and repeat
    • Picking: Yes
    • Chords: G, A, D, C
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12. Mean Woman Blues

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Mean Woman Blues was recorded by Elvis Presley first in 1957 and he had a #11 hit, where it also appeared in his 1957 film "Loving You". Then Roy came in with his version in 1963 and took the song to #5.

The song eventually appeared on the album "The All-Time Greatest Hits Of Roy Orbison".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstrokes with an up stroke thrown in
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, D, E
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13. Only The Lonely

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Only The Lonely was co-written by Roy Orbison with Joe Melson at a time when he did not have much success in the music biz during the early part of 1960. They pitched the song to a guy named Elvis and a couple of brothers calling themselves The Everly Brothers, but both of them refused to record the song.

So Roy recorded the song himself and had a #2 in the US and a #1 in the UK later on in 1960. When Elvis first heard the song, he bought a box of records and handed them out to friends.

The song can be found on the album "Lonely And Blue".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up root up down up
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Fm, Gm, C7, A#, C, F, G7
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14. Ooby Dooby

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Ooby Dooby was first heard by Roy Orbison while in high school well before he got a record deal. He first recorded the song on the Sun label, where Elvis and Johnny Cash first recorded.

The song has been featured on several compilation albums over the years.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a little in the rhythm
  • Chords: B7, A7, E
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15. Pinball Wizard

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Pinball Wizard was released in 1969 from their rock opera album "Tommy". As a single, the song reached #4 in the UK and #19 in the US. The single was sped up slightly from the album version. Pete Townsend said this song was one of his most clumsy pieces he's ever written.  

Years later in 1976, Elton John covered the song and had a #7 hit in the UK and a #9 hit in the US.

    • Drop D Tuning: No
    • Capo: No
    • Rhythm: some arpeggio and quick shuffle strumming and then downstrokes
    • Picking: No
    • Chords: Am, Asus, A, Gsus, G, Fsus, F, Esus, E, C, D, A+, F, A+sus, C, Csus, A+, G+sus, G+, Ab, Absus
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16. Pretty Paper

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Pretty Paper was written by Willie Nelson back in 1963 after seeing a guy with what appeared to be no legs, selling pencils and paper outside fo a department store in Fort Worth Texas. The man had a childhood disease and his legs were severely atrophied.

Willie pitched the song to Fred Foster, a record producer who pitched it to Roy Orbison. Roy recorded that song, and a B-side on the same day he had a 102 deg fever on Sep 11, 1963. Willie recorded his version in 1964.   

The track can be found on the "More Of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits" album from 1964.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, A7, G, D7, E7
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17. Pretty Woman

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Pretty Woman came about in a very casual way. On an evening when Roy's wife Claudette was heading out the door, Roy asked if she had enough money to which she replied, "a pretty woman never needs any money". And there you have it ... 40 minutes after that encounter a #1 for Roy in the US and UK back in 1964 was created.

The song was later used in the 1990 film of the same name. This is one of those Roy Orbison numbers that is a must to learn for a gig.

This song was released by Monument records on an album called "Orbisongs" just before Roy left the label in 1965. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down up down up and repeat and a bit of shuffle strumming
  • Picking: just the mail riff
  • Chords: E, A, Gbm, D, E, E7, Dm, G, C, Am
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18. She's A Mystery To Me

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This song hails from the 1989 album "Mystery Girl" which came out after OrbIson's passing on Dec 6th 1988.

The song itself was written by Bono.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, F, G
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19. So Sad About Us

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So Sad About Us was intended for the group The Merseys back in 1966, The Who ended up recording this song for their album "A Quick One". In the US the album was called "Happy Jack". 

The song has been covered by many groups over the years in spite of the fact it was never a single release.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use a steady up and down and or downstrokes
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, Em, C, D, Am, Cmaj7, Dsus, A, Gbm, Bm, Esus
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20. Squeeze Box

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Squeeze Box hails from the 1975 album "The Who By Numbers". The song has a  bit of a country feel to it and became the groups only International hit, reaching #1 in Canada and peaking at #10 in the UK and #16 in the US.

Pete Townsend purchased and accordion and learned to play it a bit in an afternoon, from which spawned this pretty simple song. Townsend was surprised the song even got recorded and more surprised when the song charted and became a hit.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up and repeat or you could play all downstrokes
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, D, C
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21. Waiting For A Friend (Daltrey 1980)

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Waiting For A Friend is from the album "McVicar" from 1980 and is listed as a promo single.

The song only made it to #104 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No 
  • Capo: 3rd fret: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Bm, A, G, D, E, A, Gb, B
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22. Without Your Love (Daltrey 1980)

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Without Your Love was a single from Roger Daltrey's 1980 album entitled "McVicar".

The song peaked at #20 in the US and #55 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: 1-2-3 up down up down up where 1-2-3 are arpeggio note in the chords
  • Picking: a little in the chords
  • Chords: C, Fmaj7, G6, A#, F, F/A, F/G, E7, Am, Am/G, G
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23. You Better You Bet

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You Better You Bet was a single from the bands "Face Dances" album from 1981.

Then single reached #9 in the UK, #4 in Canada and #1 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs in the chords
  • Chords: C, F, G, Am, Gm, A#, Ab, Gsus, Am, Dm, Eb, Bm, A, D
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24. You Got It

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You Got It was also written by Bobo from U2 was listening to Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" on repeat and this song came to him during the nighttime. He thought is was on the CD, but when he realized it was not, he wrote it down.

The next day before a concert, he played it for the band and then after the show, Roy Orbison shows up in a surprise visit. The two worked on the song months later and Roy recorded it for his "Mystery Girl" album.

It was a top 30 in the US and UK and peaking at #5 in Ireland.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, F, C, D, Em, Bm, B7
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25. Your My Baby

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You're My Baby was written by Johnny Cash and Roy recorded it back in 1956 at Sun Records when he and a bunch of others were laying the foundation for a new wave of music.

This song can be found on the "Roy Orbison At The Rock House" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: a steady shuffle with some rock n roll riffs
  • Picking: a little in the chords
  • Chords: A, E, D
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