You Got It

Album: Mystery Girl (1989)
Charted: 3 9
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  • "You Got It" was written by Roy Orbison and was the chart-leading single from what was to be his comeback album Mystery Girl. Tragically, he died of a heart attack in December of 1988, before he could see just how successful his comeback was; the album was released a few months later, with this song peaking at #9 in the US on April 15, 1989.

    The most remarkable thing demonstrated by "You Got It" is that Roy Orbison's signature style not only wasn't out of date for the 1980s, but actually fit right in. While you can hear the updated musical conventions in the instrumentals and handclaps, Orbison's trembling, vulnerable voice and poetic lyrics remained faithful to his 1950s style, and also managed to be as fresh as any teen pop idol of the 1980s.
  • The only public performance Orbison gave of this song was at the Diamond Awards Festival in Antwerp, Belgium; footage of this appears in the video. This performance was only a few days before his death.
  • The film Boys on the Side made use of this song, with both Whoopi Goldberg and Bonnie Raitt covering it for the soundtrack; Raitt's version peaked at #34 on the US Hot 100 in 1995.
  • Not to be missed is the impressive supporting cast Orbison rounded up for Mystery Girl: Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra) and Tom Petty do acoustic guitar duty on "You Got It." Other Heartbreakers members to play here include Mike Campbell, Howie Epstein, and Benmont Tench. Also appearing on various tracks in the album are Rick Vito and Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac), Tom "T-Bone" Wolk and Mickey Curry (Hall & Oates), Ian Wallace (King Crimson), George Harrison! (Beatles), Al Kooper (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Jerry Scheff (the Doors), and many more. Had he kept this ensemble together, it would have been the mother of all supergroups!
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  • Chris from Germany Good song and one of his best songs ever. Sounds a little bit like ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. it has a retro sound and sounds like it was produced in the 60s and not 1988
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