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Encyclopedia > Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison
Background information
Birth name Roy Kelton Orbison
Born April 23, 1936(1936-04-23)
Vernon, Texas, USA
Died December 6, 1988 (aged 52)
Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA
Genre(s) Rock, Pop
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Voice type(s) Tenor
Years active 1954 - 1988
Associated
acts
Traveling Wilburys

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936December 6, 1988), nicknamed "The Big O," was an influential Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, guitarist and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. Orbison is best known for the songs, "Ooby Dooby," "Only the Lonely," "In Dreams," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Crying," "Running Scared," and "You Got It." In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1989, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Vernon is a city in Wilbarger County, Texas, United States. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Hendersonville is a large town in Sumner County, Tennessee, USA, on Old Hickory Lake. ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. ... Voice type, often called Fach (pl. ... The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup consisting of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan. ... is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Roy Orbison Only the Lonely is a 1960 American song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. ... In Dreams is a 1963 song composed and sung by American rock and roll performer, Roy Orbison. ... Oh, Pretty Woman is a song which was a worldwide hit for Roy Orbison. ... Crying is a 1961 American song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. ... Running Scared is a 1961 American song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. ... For the 1977 song You Got It by Diana Ross, see Baby Its Me. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ...

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Biography

Early life and career

Orbison was born in Vernon, the seat of Wilbarger County in north Texas. He was the second son of Nadine Shults and Orbie Lee Orbison. After having first moved to Fort Worth around 1943 to find work in the munitions and aircraft factories which had expanded during Second World War, the family moved to the West Texas oil town of Wink in Winkler County near the border of New Mexico, in late 1946. Music was an important part of his family life. Vernon is a city in Wilbarger County, Texas, United States. ... Wilbarger County is a county located in the state of Texas. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Motto: Where the West Begins Location of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas Coordinates: , Country State Counties Tarrant, Denton Government  - Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area  - City 298. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Materiel (from the French for material) is the equipment and supplies in Military and commercial supply chain management. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The dry plains of West Texas, have often been divided up into tracks of land divided by barbed wire fences. ... Petro redirects here. ... Wink is a city located in Winkler County, Texas, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 919. ... Winkler County is a county located in the state of Texas. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Largest metro area Albuquerque metropolitan area Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1949, at the age of thirteen, Orbison organized his first band "The Wink Westerners". When not singing with the band, he played guitar and wrote songs. The band appeared weekly on KERB radio in Kermit, Texas. Orbison graduated from Wink High School in 1954. He attended North Texas State College in Denton, Texas for a year, then enrolled at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, the following year to study history and English. The Wink Westerners had some success on local television, and were given 30 minute weekly shows on KMID and KOSA. One guest on their show was Johnny Cash, who advised them to seek a contract with his record producer Sam Phillips of Sun Records. At first, Phillips turned them down, but he eventually agreed to add the band to Sun Records' roster after hearing a recording made at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico. The Wink Westerners were renamed "The Teen Kings", and Orbison left college in March of 1956, determined to have a career in music. He ultimately headed for Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kermit is a city in Winkler County, Texas, United States. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “UNT” redirects here. ... Motto: North of Ordinary Location within the state of Texas County Denton County Government  - Mayor Perry McNeill Area  - City 161. ... Washington State University (WSU) is a major public research university in Pullman, Washington. ... Pullman is located at (46. ... This article is about the study of the past in human terms. ... English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the U.K., U.S., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, India, South Africa, and the Middle East, among other areas), English linguistics (including English phonetics, phonology... KMID-TV is the ABC affiliate in Midland-Odessa, Texas, owned and operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group headquartered in Irving, Texas. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Sam Phillips, born Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – June 30, 2003), was a record producer who played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll as the major form of popular music in the 1950s. ... Label of the fourth Sun Records Sun Records has been the name for four 20th century record labels. ... Clovis, New Mexico is a small city in Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of approximately 32,700 (2000 census). ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ...


Orbison achieved his first commercial success in June 1956 with "Ooby Dooby", written by Orbison's friends from college, and produced at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Many of the earliest songs he recorded were produced by Sam Phillips, who also produced Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. Named after his first wife, his song "Claudette" was recorded by the Everly Brothers as the b-side to their No. 1 hit, "All I Have To Do Is Dream". The rockabilly and blues sound of Sun's artists brought Orbison little success and his career seemed over, although fans of rockabilly count his records among the best of this genre. He worked at Acuff-Rose Music in Nashville, Tennessee as a songwriter, and then was given a contract by RCA. Eventually, Chet Atkins referred him to Fred Foster, the owner of Monument Records, where he moved after his contract with RCA ended in 1959. // January 1 - Blue Suede Shoes is released by Carl Perkins on the Sun Records label. ... Norman Petty (May 25, 1927 - August 15, 1984) was an American musician, songwriter, and pioneer record producer who helped shape modern pop music. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of rockabilly music, a mix of rhythm and blues and country music that was recorded most notably at Sun Records in Memphis beginning in 1954. ... Elvis redirects here. ... Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... All I Have to Do Is Dream is a popular song. ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, and emerged in the early-1950s. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Acuff-Rose Music was a Nashville, Tennessee music publishing firm. ... “Nashville” redirects here. ... RCA, formerly an acronym for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by Thomson SA through RCA Trademark Management S.A., a company owned by Thomson. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... Fred Luther Foster (born July 26, 1931) is a songwriter, music record producer, and founder of Monument Records. ... Monument Records was a record label founded in 1958 by Fred Foster and Bob Moore. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Breakthrough

In 1957, Orbison met songwriter Joe Melson in Odessa, Texas. After hearing a song Melson had written entitled "Raindrops", which featured melodic twists and lyrical styling, Roy soon asked him to write with him. Together they created a sound unheard of in rock and roll at the time: the dramatic rock ballad. Fred Foster liked the new direction and assisted with the writing team's vision. Roy's first record, "Uptown", was moderately successful. With the release of "Only the Lonely" and its immediate rise to the top of the charts (#2 in the US, #1 in the UK), he went on to become an international rock and roll star. His single, "Runnin' Scared" became a US #1 hit. Later, Roy wrote many songs with writer Bill Dees including "Oh, Pretty Woman" which may be the most well-known song of Roy's career. Throughout his stay at Monument Records, his backup band was a group of studio musicians led by Bob Moore. The play of Orbison's voice against the dynamic, yet uncluttered sound of the band gave Orbison's records a unique and identifiable sound. Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Joe Melson (born May, 1935), is an American singer and a BMI award winning songwriter. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Country State County Ector Government  - Mayor Larry Melton Area  - City 36. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... To emphasize the emotional aspect of a power ballad, crowds customarily hold up lit lighters. ... Oh, Pretty Woman is a song which was a worldwide hit for Roy Orbison. ... Bob Loyce Moore (born November 30, 1932 in Nashville, Tennessee), is an American session musician, orchestra leader, and legendary bassist. ...


Orbison was a powerful influence on contemporaries such as The Rolling Stones. In 1963, he headlined a European tour with The Beatles. He became lifelong friends with the band, especially John Lennon and George Harrison. Orbison would later record with Harrison in the Traveling Wilburys. During their tour of Europe, Orbison encouraged the Beatles to come to the United States. When they toured America, they asked Orbison to manage their tour, but his schedule forced him to decline. Rolling Stones redirects here. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup consisting of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan. ...


Unlike many artists, Orbison maintained his success as the British Invasion swept America in 1964 in music. His single, "Oh, Pretty Woman", broke the Beatles stranglehold on the Top 10, soaring to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The record sold more copies in its first ten days of release than any single up to that time, and eventually sold over seven million copies. The song later became the signature tune for the film Pretty Woman, named for his song, which brought fame to actress Julia Roberts. For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... See also: 1963 in music, other events of 1964, 1965 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - Top of the Pops premieres on BBC television. ... These are the Billboard Hot 100 #1 Hits of 1964: See also: 1964 in music, List of Number 1 Hits (USA) Categories: No 1 hits in the United States ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... 45 is the natural number following 44 and followed by 46. ... Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy motion picture. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ...


Orbison toured with The Beach Boys in 1964, and with The Rolling Stones in Australia in 1965. He was successful in England, logging three No.1 hit singles and was voted top male vocalist of the year several times. The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This is a list of the number one singles on the UK Singles Chart, during the 1960s. ...


Career Decline in North America

Orbison signed a contract with MGM Records in 1965, and starred in MGM Studios' western-musical motion picture 'The Fastest Guitar Alive, in which he performed several songs from an album of the same name. Possibly due to changes in musical taste, he had no hits in the U.S. after 1967. He remained popular elsewhere, but his American popularity did not recover until the 1980s. MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio in 1946. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... The Fastest Guitar Alive is a 1967 MGM motion picture starring singer Roy Orbison in his only starring role as an actor. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


Success Outside North America

Songs that had limited success in North America, such as "Penny Arcade" and "Working for the Man" would go to No. 1 on the Australian charts, and "Too Soon to Know" went to No. 3 in England. His popularity extended to Germany, and he recorded his hit song "Mama" in German. His records were in great demand on the "black market" behind the Iron Curtain. In France, he was viewed as the master of the ballad of lost love in the vein of that country's most popular singer Édith Piaf. A cover version of Orbison's "Blue Bayou" sung in French by Mireille Mathieu went to the top of France's record charts. Fans in the Netherlands founded his largest world-wide fan club. He continued to perform in Ireland, despite the constant terrorist activities in Northern Ireland. In 1972, Orbison covered the popular Irish anthem, "Danny Boy", featured on his album, Memphis. North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into underground economy. ... Warsaw Pact countries to the east of the Iron Curtain are shaded red; NATO members to the west of it — blue. ... Édith Piaf (December 19, 1915–October 11, 1963) was one of Frances most beloved singers,[1] and became a national icon. ... Mireille Mathieu (album) Mireille Mathieu (born July 22, 1946) is a French singer, who besides being very successful in her own country, became a star of international stature, recording in several languages. ... For other uses, see Troubles (disambiguation) and Trouble. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties, is halted during the song Money. ... For the Scottish comedian, see Danny Bhoy. ... Memphis is a music album recorded by Roy Orbison for MGM Records. ...


In Britain, Orbison had no hit singles during the 1970s, although compilation albums of his past material always sold well (with the 1975 release "The Best of Roy Orbison" hitting the #1 spot). This trend continues to this day. (For example the 2001 collection "Love Songs" reached #4). The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Career in the 1970s

In 1973, Orbison's contract with MGM ended and he signed with Mercury Records soon after. He released a country style album on the label entitled I'm Still In Love With You. The original liner notes stated said how Orbison's career was suffering, and the lack of hits he had in the States. According to the notes, that was to change with the release of the songs on the album. The song, "Sweet Mama Blue", which is considered another rare and overlooked song, was a single from the album, but failed to chart. For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ...


In 1976, Orbison resigned with Monument Records, hoping to revive his career. Orbison re-teamed with Fred Foster for the album Regeneration. The album failed to make an impact with the public, and despite enough material yet for another album to be released, Orbison asked Foster to be released from his contract in 1978. Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1977, multi-Grammy winning vocalist Linda Ronstadt included "Blue Bayou" in her triple-platinum album Simple Dreams. The single reached No. 3 on the Billboard singles chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Ronstadt's interpretion of "Blue Bayou" is Orbison's greatest commercial songwriting success, with the single having reported sales of over 7 million copies sold worldwide. See also: 1970s in music. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American popular vocalist and entertainer who has earned multiple Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, numerous certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, and Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Simple Dreams was the most successful of Linda Ronstadts studio albums, spending five weeks at number one on the Billboard album charts and finally debunking Fleetwood Macs Rumours from the top spot in 1977, not to mention the competition from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The RIAA Logo. ...


Orbison continued to tour heavily in the late 1970's, and at times, non-stop for weeks at a time. That all came to a halt in late 1977 when he discovered that he needed open heart surgery following a heart attack at the age 41. On January 18, 1978, Orbison underwent the operation and until he passed away in 1988, he had a new lease on life and his voice and music would become as big, if not bigger than it did in the early 1960s. Cardiac surgery is surgery on the heart, typically to treat complications of ischemic heart disease (e. ... Heart attack redirects here. ... is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


Orbison's last contract in the 1970's came in 1979, with Elektra/Asylum Records where he finished the album Laminar Flow. The album was a new direction for him, as it was his attempt at doing disco. The album also features a tribute song to Elvis Presley, who died in 1977, "Hound Dog Man". Presley was a fan of Orbison's and during a show in Las Vegas in 1976, he called Orbison "the greatest singer in the world" [1]According to Orbison's brother, Sam Orbison, Roy was "saddened by the sordid treatment of Elvis Presley in the aftermath of his death in 1977".[2] Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... This article is about the Greek mythological personalities. ... This article is about the music genre. ... Elvis redirects here. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Resurgence in the 1980s

In 1980, Orbison teamed with Emmylou Harris for the song "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again". The song would go on to win the 1981 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. In 1985, Orbison recorded "Wild Hearts" for the Nicolas Roeg film Insignificance, released on the ZTT Records label, produced by David Briggs and Will Jennings. The inclusion of "In Dreams" in the 1986 David Lynch film Blue Velvet also aided Orbison's return to popularity. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, with the induction speech made by Bruce Springsteen (who had famously referenced Orbison and "Only the Lonely" in his 1975 song "Thunder Road"). His pioneering contribution was also recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. See also: Musical groups established in 1980 Record labels established in 1980 list of years in music // January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated... Emmylou Harris (b. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal was first awarded in 1970. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... Nicolas Jack Roeg, born on August 15, 1928 in London, is an internationally-known cinematographer and film director. ... Insignificance is a 1985 motion picture drama/comedy directed by Nicolas Roeg and adapted by Terry Johnson from his play. ... ZTT Records is a record label founded in 1983 by NME journalist Paul Morley, record producer Trevor Horn, producer/engineer Gary Langan and businesswoman Jill Sinclair. ... Will Jennings (born 1944 in Kilgore, Texas) is a prolific and highly successful American songwriter. ... // April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... Blue Velvet is an influential 1986 neo-noir mystery and thriller film written and directed by David Lynch. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Springsteen redirects here. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... Thunder Road is a song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, and the opening track on his 1975 breakthrough album Born to Run. ... The Rockabilly Hall of Fame was established on March 21, 1997 to present early rock and roll history and information relative to the artists and personalities involved in this pioneering American music genre. ...


Having signed a recording contract for the first time in 10 years, with Virgin Records, he re-recorded his 1961 hit song "Crying" as a duet with k.d. lang in 1987 for the soundtrack of the motion picture Hiding Out. The song would earn the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Crying is a 1961 American song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. ... Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), best known by the stage name k. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Hiding Out is a 1987 movie starring Jon Cryer as Wall Street broker hiding out with cousin Keith Coogan as the mob tries to kill him. ... The Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals was first awarded in 1988. ...


In 1988, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night, a black-and-white HBO television special was recorded at the Coconut Grove in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Orbison was accompanied by a who's-who supporting cast organized by musical director T-Bone Burnett. All were fans and all were volunteers who lobbied to participate. On piano was Glen Hardin, who played for Buddy Holly as well as Elvis Presley for several years. Lead guitarist James Burton had also played with Presley and Ricky Nelson. Male background vocals, with some also playing the guitar or piano, came from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther and Steven Soles. Jennifer Warnes, k.d. lang and Bonnie Raitt provided female background vocals. He was also joined by keyboardist Michael Utley, a long time member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. The special brought Orbison to the attention of a younger generation. See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night is an acclaimed 1988 Cinemax television special originally broadcast on HBO starring Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll pioneer singer/songwriter Roy Orbison. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... Alternate spelling: see Cocoanut Grove (disambiguation). ... The Ambassadors Cocoanut Grove circa the late 1950s. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... [[]] The True False Identity, 2006. ... Glen D. Hardin is an American musician/piano player who was born on April 18, 1939 in Hollis, Oklahoma. ... For the Weezer song, see Buddy Holly (song). ... Elvis redirects here. ... James Burton (born August 21, 1939 in Minden, Louisiana) is an American guitarist. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American rock music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, whose introspective lyrics made him the poster boy of the Southern California confessional singer-songwriter movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... J.D. Souther, born John David Souther on November 3, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Amarillo, Texas, is a singer-songwriter country rock singer and actor. ... Steven Soles is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. ... Drawing of Jennifer Warnes on the cover of her 1982 collection The Best of Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3, 1947 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), best known by the stage name k. ... Bonnie Raitt, (born November 8, 1949) is an American Blues-R&B singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt. ... Jimmy Buffett (born James William Buffett on December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ... Jimmy Buffett (born James William Buffett on December 25, 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer, songwriter, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ...


Shortly after this critically acclaimed performance, while working with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra on tracks for a new album, Orbison joined Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty to form the Traveling Wilburys, achieving substantial commercial and critical success. He subsequently recorded a new solo album, Mystery Girl, produced by Orbison, Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers) and Jeff Lynne. It included one track by U2's Bono (who also wears trademark dark glasses and co-wrote the song "She's a Mystery to Me" with the Edge specifically for Orbison). At an awards ceremony in Antwerp a few days before his death, Roy Orbison gave his only public rendition of the hit "You Got It" to the applause of a huge crowd. Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947 in Shard End, Birmingham) is a Grammy Award-winning English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ... ELO redirects here. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947 in Shard End, Birmingham) is a Grammy Award-winning English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ... Thomas Earl Tom Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a singer and guitarist. ... The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup consisting of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan. ... Mystery Girl is an 1989 music album by Roy Orbison. ... Michael (Mike) Campbell (born February 1, 1950 in Panama City, Florida in the U.S.) is a guitarist and record producer, best known for his work with Tom Petty. ... Heartbreakers is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by David Mirkin. ... Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947 in Shard End, Birmingham) is a Grammy Award-winning English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... For other uses, see Bono (disambiguation). ... For other subjects called The Edge, see The Edge (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Antwerp (disambiguation). ... For the 1977 song You Got It by Diana Ross, see Baby Its Me. ...


Personal Life

Orbison endured a great deal of tragedy in his relatively short life. His first wife, Claudette Frady died in a motorcycle accident on June 6, 1966 in Gallatin, Tennessee. On September 14, 1968, the Orbison family home at Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee, burned to the ground while Orbison was touring in England. Two of his three sons, Roy Jr. (b. 1958) and Anthony (b. 1962), died in the fire. His youngest son Wesley, who was three at the time, was saved by Orbison's parents. For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Gallatin is a city in Sumner County, Tennessee, United States. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Old Hickory Lock and Dam forms Old Hickory Lake. ... Hendersonville is a large town in Sumner County, Tennessee, USA, on Old Hickory Lake. ...


Orbison met his second wife Barbara Orbison in August 1968 in Batley, West Yorkshire, England. They were married in Nashville on May 5, 1969, and built a new house one block away from where Roy's old house had once stood. Barbara Annemarie Wellhonen Jakobs-Orbison (born 1951 in Bielfeld, Germany) is a music producer and publisher and the widow of American Rock and Roll legend, Roy Orbison. ... Batley is a small town in Kirklees Metropolitan Borough, in the county of West Yorkshire, England. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ...


Death

On December 6, 1988, at the age of 52, Orbison suffered a fatal heart attack while visiting his mother in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, Tennessee. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed Roy was pronounced dead at 11:54 PM, local time. This news was relayed to BBC News {UK}. [3] is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Heart attack redirects here. ... “Nashville” redirects here. ... Hendersonville is a large town in Sumner County, Tennessee, USA, on Old Hickory Lake. ...


At the direction of his wife Barbara, Orbison was interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California on December 15, 1988. His two sons and their mother Claudette, who predeceased him, had been laid to rest at his request in the Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville. Cemetery view looking South-East. ... High-rise buildings line Wilshire Boulevard through the Westwood area Another view of the Westwood skyline Westwood is a district in western Los Angeles, California, not to be confused with Westwood, California. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 660 Thompson Lane in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


Orbison's album, Mystery Girl, and the single, "You Got It," were posthumous hits, and are generally regarded as Orbison's best work since the 1960s. At the time of his death, he was the first person since Elvis Presley to have two albums in the top 5 (Mystery Girl and Traveling Wilburys). He was the posthumous winner of the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and in 1992, the tracks "I Drove All Night" and "Heartbreak Radio" appeared on the posthumous album, King of Hearts, produced by Jeff Lynne. For the 1977 song You Got It by Diana Ross, see Baby Its Me. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1966. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... Alternate cover Promotional single I Drove All Night is a song written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly for Roy Orbison. ... King of Hearts is a posthumous music cassette of Roy Orbison songs put together from master sessions and demos by Jeff Lynne for Virgin Records. ... Jeff Lynne (born December 30, 1947 in Shard End, Birmingham) is a Grammy Award-winning English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist and record producer. ...


Legacy

Orbison is best remembered for his ballads of lost love and in the music community, he is revered for his song writing ability. Record producer and Orbison fan Don Was, commenting on Orbison's writing skills, said: "He defied the rules of modern composition". Songwriters such as Elton John and Bernie Taupin along with many others referred to Orbison as "far ahead of the times, creating lyrics and music in a manner that broke with all traditions". Roy Orbison's vocal range was impressive (four octaves), his voice effortlessly powerful, and his songs were melodically and rhythmically advanced and lyrically sophisticated, often incorporating the bolero form. Don Was (born Don Fagenson on September 13, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American musician and a music and record producer. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Bernie Taupin (born May 22, 1950) is an English lyricist most famous for his collaboration with Elton John. ... For the numerical computation software, see GNU Octave. ... The bolero is a type of dance and musical form. ...

  • Multiple Academy Award–winning songwriter Will Jennings ("My Heart Will Go On", from the Titanic soundtrack) called him a "poet, a songwriter, a vision" after working with him and co-writing "Wild Hearts."
  • Bob Dylan, later a band mate of Orbison's in the Traveling Wilburys, wrote "Orbison … transcended all the genres. … With Roy, you didn't know if you were listening to mariachi or opera. He kept you on your toes. … [He sang] his compositions in three or four octaves that made you want to drive your car over a cliff. He sang like a professional criminal. … His voice could jar a corpse, always leave you muttering to yourself something like, 'Man, I don't believe it'. His songs had songs within songs. Orbison was deadly serious–no pollywog and no fledgling juvenile. There wasn't anything else on the radio like him".

In 2006, Orbison was remembered with a new book that fans from around the world came together and wrote with main author Chris O'Neil. The book titled Straight From Our Hearts was a hit among fans on both sides of the Atlantic and even Barbara Orbison has asked for a copy to keep at the Orbison office located in Nashville. The book was a series of stories from fans describing how Roy impacted their lives and many tributes were also contained in the book. On December 7th, it was announced that a second volume of the book would be published. It is set to be released in 2008, which will mark the 20th anniversary of Roy's passing. In addition to the book, a cd, The Essential Roy Orbison, was released to huge fan praise; it contained many rare songs including "Life Fades Away", which was previously only available on the long-out-of-print soundtrack to Less Than Zero. The collection charted into the top ten in seven countries, and has opened the door to upcoming releases of unheard Orbison material that fans have been longing for. Roy Orbison Only the Lonely is a 1960 American song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. ... Oh, Pretty Woman is a song which was a worldwide hit for Roy Orbison. ... Crying is a 1961 American song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. ... The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording [1]. This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the music magazine. ... In Dreams is a 1963 song composed and sung by American rock and roll performer, Roy Orbison. ... In 2004, Rolling Stone listed the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time as polled by musicians, critics, and industry figures. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Will Jennings (born 1944 in Kilgore, Texas) is a prolific and highly successful American songwriter. ... Titanic is a 1997 American romantic drama film directed, written, and co-produced by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup consisting of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan. ... This article is about the Mexcian musical genre and ensemble. ... For other uses, see Opera (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Octave (disambiguation). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Less Than Zero is a 1987 film based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. ...

  • In addition to Roy's many commercial releases, there have been many bootlegged releases that have surfaced over the years. One of the most popular Orbison bootlegs is the 1981 recording of his "Country Club" concert, which was originally slated to be released as a made-for-TV comeback concert. The concert footage has never been officially released, but it is considered by fans to be one of the best Orbison bootlegs available.
  • On June 12, 2007, The Traveling Wilburys Collection box set was released worldwide to huge sales topping over one million copies plus. It was also the first time in more than ten years that the original masters were available.
  • A reissue of Orbison's last two studio albums, Mystery Girl and King of Hearts, are slated for release on October 23, 2007. It will be the first time in more than fifteen years that King of Hearts will be available again to the public.

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In popular culture

Music sample Please Please Me Problems? See media help. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Roy Orbison Only the Lonely is a 1960 American song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ... Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), best known by the stage name k. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Crying is a 1961 American song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Chris de Burgh (born Christopher John Davison on October 15, 1948) is an Irish musician and songwriter. ... Roy Orbison - In Dreams In Dreams is a Roy Orbison 33 1/3 record album from Monument Records recorded at their studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee and released in 1963. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... Thunder Road is a song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, and the opening track on his 1975 breakthrough album Born to Run. ... In Dreams is a 1963 song composed and sung by American rock and roll performer, Roy Orbison. ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... Blue Velvet is an influential 1986 neo-noir mystery and thriller film written and directed by David Lynch. ... Crying is a 1961 American song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. ... For the street in Los Angeles, see Mulholland Drive. ... Label of the fourth Sun Records Sun Records has been the name for four 20th century record labels. ... Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio) is a noted American independent film director. ... Mystery Train was a 1955 single recorded at SUN studios in Memphis by Elvis Presley, his first Number 1 single, reaching #1 in the Country music chart. ... Oh, Pretty Woman is a song which was a worldwide hit for Roy Orbison. ... The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985. ... Alternate cover Promotional single I Drove All Night is a song written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly for Roy Orbison. ... Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former child model. ... Jason Priestley (born August 28, 1969) is a naturalized American actor and film director. ... Jimmy Buffett (born James William Buffett on December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ...

Trivia

Discography

// 1956 Trying To Get To You/Ooby Dooby (Je-Wel) 1956 Ooby Dooby/Go Go Go (Sun) 1956 Rock House/Youre My Baby (Sun) 1957 Sweet And Easy To Love/Devil Doll (Sun) 1957 Chicken Hearted/I Like Love (Sun) 1958 Seems To Me/Sweet And Innocent (RCA) 1958...

See also

Roy Orbison Roy Orbison - Live from Australia is a 1972 performance by American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Roy Orbison from Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia. ... Roy Orbison Live at Austin City Limits is a DVD and CD released by Image Entertainment in 2003 and 2001, respectively. ... Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night is an acclaimed 1988 Cinemax television special originally broadcast on HBO starring Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll pioneer singer/songwriter Roy Orbison. ...

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.famoustexans.com/royorbison.htm
  2. ^ Rockabillyhall. com
  3. ^ Escott, Roadkill on the Three-Chord Highway.
  4. ^ The Immortals: The First Fifty. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.

References

  • Colin Escott, Roadkill on the Three-Chord Highway. Routledge, 2002. ISBN 0-415-93783-3 — has a chapter devoted to Orbison.
  • Escott, Colin. (1998). "Roy Orbison". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 395.
  • Biography from the official website
  • Roy Orbison at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • Biography from the [hotshotdigital.com]

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Persondata
NAME Orbison, Roy Kelton
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Orbison, Roy
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer-songwriter
DATE OF BIRTH April 23, 1936
PLACE OF BIRTH Vernon, Texas
DATE OF DEATH December 6, 1988
PLACE OF DEATH Hendersonville, Tennessee
 OFFICIAL TIME OF DEATH {local time}=2354 

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Roy was a capable rockabilly singer, and had a small national hit with his first Sun single, "Ooby Dooby." But even then, he was far more comfortable as a ballad singer than as a hepped-up rockabilly jive cat.
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