February 11, 2016

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Van Halen - Pretty Woman b/w Happy Trails (1982) - single

"Oh, Pretty Woman" (originally issued as "Pretty Woman") is a song recorded by Roy Orbison, written by Orbison and Bill Dees.
The lyrics tell the story of a man who sees a pretty woman walking by. He yearns for her and wonders if, as beautiful as she is, she might be lonely like he is. At the last minute, she turns back and joins him. The title was inspired by Orbison's wife, Claudette, interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out.
In 1982 the song – titled "(Oh) Pretty Woman" – was covered by the group Van Halen on their album “Diver Down”, preceded by a guitar-driven intro titled "Intruder". The music video, which had the band dress as a samurai (played by bassist Michael Anthony), Tarzan (played by drummer Alex Van Halen), a cowboy (played by guitarist Eddie Van Halen), and Napoleon (played by frontman David Lee Roth), per a hunchbacked onlooker's request, rescuing a captive girl that turns out to be a transvestite) for this version was one of the first banned by MTV, due to its opening sequence, where the captive girl is tied up and fondled against her will by a pair of little people (the ban was eventually lifted, as MTV sister network VH1 Classic would later air the video). This was their second Top 20 pop hit, peaking at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A - Pretty Woman  (2:55)
Written-By – Joe Melson, Ray B. Rush, Roy Orbison / Producer – Ted Templeman / Mastered By – Jm / Engineer – Donn Landee

B - Happy Trails  (1:03)
Written-By – Dale Evans / Producer – Ted Templeman / Mastered By – Jm / Engineer – Donn Landee

Release: 1982
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 17909

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