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Roy Orbison

Next star: Beverly Bayne
Previous star: Joan Crawford


Orbison in the 1967 film The Fastest Guitar Alive

Source: Wikipedia

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter known for his distinctive, impassioned voice, complex song structures, and dark emotional ballads. The combination led many critics to describe his music as operatic, nicknaming him "the Caruso of Rock" and "the Big O." Between 1960 and 1964, 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including "Only the Lonely" (1960), "Crying" (1961), "In Dreams" (1963), and "Oh, Pretty Woman" (1964).

Fact file

  • Birth name: Roy Kelton Orbison
  • Also known as: The Big O
  • Born: April 23, 1936 Vernon, Texas, U.S.
  • Died: December 6, 1988 (aged 52) Hendersonville, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Genres: Rock and roll rock rockabilly country pop
  • Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter musician
  • Instruments: Vocals guitar harmonica
  • Years active: 1953–1988
  • Labels: Sun RCA Monument London Tonette MGM Mercury/PolyGram Asylum Virgin
  • Associated acts: Traveling Wilburys Teen Kings The Wink Westerners Class of '55 Jimmy Buffett k.d. lang Bruce Springsteen Emmylou Harris
  • Website: royorbison.com

Read more about Roy Orbison at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

Roy Orbison's 'Mystery Girl' at 30: Alex Orbison Reflects on His Father's Last Album
Billboard, 2019-01-31 20:46:46
Roy Orbison died unexpectedly while visiting his mother in Hendersonville, TN, on Dec. 6, 1988. He was only 52. A month before his passing, the man...

Roy Orbison hologram concert in L.A. invites awe and debate
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-10-06 12:00:00
In the darkened Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, hundreds of people couldn’t wait to see legendary rocker Roy Orbison. A live orchestra pumped up the crowd with a medley of his hits. Old photos of him flashed across a giant screen. Then, the crooner appeared to rise magically from the ...

Roy Orbison, 30 years gone, will tour as a hologram
USA Today Music, 2018-07-20 15:56:26
Roy Orbison will return to concert stages across the country this fall -- despite having died 30 years ago.         

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