Roy Orbison
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1936-04-23
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Roy Orbison Biography (Wikipedia)

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his powerful voice, wide vocal range, impassioned singing style, 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". While most male rock-and-roll performers in the 1950s and 1960s projected a defiant masculinity, many of Orbison's songs instead conveyed vulnerability. During performances, he was known for standing still and solitary and for wearing black clothes to match his dyed jet-black hair and dark sunglasses; all of this lent an air of mystery to his persona.

Born in Texas, Orbison began singing in a rockabilly and country-and-western band in high school. He was signed by Sam Phillips, of Sun Records, in 1956, but his greatest success came with Monument Records. From 1960 to 1966, 22 of his singles reached the Billboard Top 40, and he wrote or co-wrote almost all that rose to the Top 10, including "Only the Lonely" (1960), "Running Scared" (1961), "Crying" (1961), "In Dreams" (1963), and "Oh, Pretty Woman" (1964). Soon afterward, he was struck by a number of personal tragedies while his record sales declined.

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Dream Baby
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You Got It
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You Got It
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I Drove All Night
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I Drove All Night
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Oh, Pretty Woman
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Oh, Pretty Woman
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Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)
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Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)
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Everybody Needs Somebody To Lean On
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Everybody Needs Somebody To Lean On
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In Dreams
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In Dreams
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In Dreams
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In Dreams
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Claudette
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Claudette
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Only The Lonely
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Only The Lonely
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Blue Bayou
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Blue Bayou
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She's A Mystery To Me
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