So now onto the original. Diamond Dave did a great job with his version of the song, but this version is where it all began. This version I'm posting is from my 45 and is pretty scratchy. I think you should go to Itunes or find a CD that has a clean copy of this song because it really is a classic. Roy's voice is was truly one of the magical voices in rock history. The adjective "beautiful" isn't often used in describing vocalists in rock. I mean really rock and roll is more about the energy and the personalities. Many times a beautiful voice isn't really a quality that is sought after. I'm not saying that you don't have to be able to sing or that being able to sing isn't a good quality, but I am saying that Roy has almost a crooner quality to his voice. In a way the genius of Roy's work is that he has a sort of traditional pop vocal style put over some great rock or country music. It's a nice combination that I think puts him into his own category. So give this old chestnut a re-listen and see what you think.
Side 2 explores the range of material that Roy took on. This has a Spanish flavor as you would guess from the title. Roy's voice perfectly fits the genre. He sounds like a cowboy in the west riding the trails down near the border. This is song that is a serenade song with which his "beautiful" voice works perfectly. I didn't know the song so maybe it will be new to you as well. I must admit that I had hoped that the song would be entirely in Spanish, but alas just the one line in the chorus is. So while that was a slight disappointment, to you that may be a plus. You can understand all the lyrics. If you don't understand "Yo Te Amo Maria" I believe the translation is I love you Maria. I never studied Spanish, but I think that is right.
01 Oh Pretty Woman.m4a
02 Yo Te Amo Maria.m4a