Roy Orbison Biography (Wikipedia)
Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed the Big O, was an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his distinctive, impassioned voice, complex compositions and dark emotional ballads. The combination led many critics to describe his music as operatic, giving him the sobriquet "the Caruso of Rock". Between 1960 and 1964, 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including "Only the Lonely" (1960), "Crying" (1961), and "Oh, Pretty Woman" (1964).
Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly and country and western band in high school. He was signed by Sun Records in 1956, but his greatest success came with Monument Records in the early 1960s. His career stagnated in the 1970s, but was revived by several cover versions of his songs and the use of "In Dreams" in David Lynch's film Blue Velvet (1986). In 1988, he was a member of the Traveling Wilburys supergroup, along with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. He recorded his last solo album, Mystery Girl, the same year but died of a heart attack shortly thereafter, at the peak of his renewed popularity.
- Roy Orbison enters Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Famehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lmxr9.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lmxr9.jpg2013-11-17T21:01:00.000ZKathryn Maclean in Dunoon nominates Roy Orbison for a place in Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame on Radio 2.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01lmxyl
Roy Orbison enters Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame
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