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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

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