Candy Man (1961)

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Roy Orbison (born April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas, died of a heart attack December 6, 1988 in Hendersonville, Tennessee.)

In 2004, Orbison ranked #37 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Between 1960 and 1965, Orbison had 15 Top 40 hits.

Orbison's performance of "Candy Man" in the 1988 concert special Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night featured Elvis Costello on harmonica.

Chart position:
#25 (US). "Candy Man" was the B-side of "Crying" (#2, US).

Written by:
Fred Neil (born March 16, 1936, in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, died July 7, 2001, in Key West, Florida) and Beverly "Ruby" Ross.

Fred Neil also wrote "Everybody's Talkin'" (#6 US for Harry Nilsson in 1969.) Jimmy Buffett once called Neil "one of my heroes."

Ross also wrote or co-wrote "Dim, Dim the Lights," "Judy's Turn to Cry" (the sequel to Lesley Gore's "It’s My Party") and "Lollipop."

Harmonica played by:
Charlie McCoy (born March 28, 1941, in Oak Hill, West Virginia, raised in Miami, Florida.)

Charlie McCoy recorded with many artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Paul Simon. McCoy worked as music director for 19 years on the television show Hee Haw.

Also by:
Dion; The Hollies; Waylon Jennings; Bobby Vee; The Ventures.

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