From 1963. Roy Orbison! He was only the greatest of the greats, after all.
For those who remember David Lynch’s horribly creepy movie, “Blue Velvet,” this song will forever haunt you. Frank Booth, Dennis Hopper’s twisted maniac in the movie, loved this song and played it over and over. He called it, “Candy Colored Clown.” Orbison was disturbed by the use of the song in this twisted movie, and he had not given permission that it be used. But the use of the song in the movie became so popular that it relaunched Orbison’s career.
U2’s Bono also loved the song and used it as a base to write two very popular songs. The song was recently added to a new Orbison album.
It’s one of the greatest songs ever written. It’s beautiful, but it’s also horrible and creepy due to that movie.