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 impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. Many critics described 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 conveyed vulnerability. He performed standing still, wearing black clothes to match his dyed black hair and dark sunglasses.

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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She's a Mystery to Me (Studio Demo) (feat. Bono)
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You Got It
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You Got It
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Oh, Pretty Woman
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Oh, Pretty Woman
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I Drove All Night
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I Drove All Night
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Crying
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Crying
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In Dreams
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In Dreams
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Dream Baby
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Dream Baby
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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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Only The Lonely
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Only The Lonely
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I Drove All Night (feat. Ward Thomas)
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I Drove All Night (feat. Ward Thomas)
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