It's Over (Roy Orbison song)

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"It's Over"
Single by Roy Orbison
B-side"Indian Wedding"
ReleasedApril 1964
LabelMonument 837
Songwriter(s)Roy Orbison, Bill Dees[1]
Producer(s)Wesley Rose[1]
Roy Orbison singles chronology
"Pretty Paper"
"It's Over"
"Oh, Pretty Woman"

"It's Over" is an American song composed by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees and sung by Orbison.[1]

Produced by Fred Foster and engineered by Bill Porter,[1] the song was released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in 1964, "It's Over" typifies the operatic rock ballad. The single entered the United States Cashbox chart on April 11, 1964, peaking at No.10 (on May 23, 1964), and reached No. 9 on the Billboard pop music chart.[2] Meanwhile, after entering the United Kingdom singles chart on April 30, 1964, "It's Over" reached No. 1 on June 25, 1964 (making it Orbison's second UK No.1 single [the first was "Only the Lonely" in 1960]).[1] "It's Over" spent 2 weeks at No.1 on the UK singles chart, out of a total of 18 weeks on that chart.[3] The song also spent ten weeks in the Irish Singles Chart, three of which were at No.1. It was one of six chart-toppers for Orbison in Ireland.

The song also appears on Orbison's 1964 album More of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits and his 1989 posthumous album A Black & White Night Live from the 1988 HBO television special.

Other versions[edit]

In 1964, Hong Kong singer Rebecca Pan covered this song on her I Love You LP album, released by Diamond Records.

In 1966, Italian singer Mino Reitano covered this song in Italian language as "La fine di tutto" words by Leo Chiosso.

"It's Over" was recorded by Bonnie Tyler with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on her 2003 album Heart Strings and by Billy Mackenzie on the 1982 British Electric Foundation album "Music of Quality and Distinction Volume One". It was sung by Michael Caine in the 1998 film Little Voice.

The song was covered by Don Byron on his 2000 album "A Fine Line: Arias and Lieder". Welsh alternative rock band The Joy Formidable covered the song on their 2011 extended play, The Big More.

Jonathan Meiburg, lead singer and songwriter for the American indie rock band Shearwater, performed a version of the song in March 2013 for The A.V. Club's State Songs series.[4]

In August 2014, Miley Cyrus was confirmed to be performing on the live series finale of the television program Chelsea Lately, for which she was to sing this song.[5]

The singer Morrissey released a cover version of the song on his 2019 album California Son.


  1. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 80. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 470.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 164. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater plays "It's Over" by Roy Orbison". Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  5. ^ Dilluvio, Carrie (August 20, 2014). "Miley Cyrus Set to Perform on the Live Series Finale of Chelsea Lately—Find Out What She's Singing!". E! Online. Retrieved August 21, 2014.

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