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Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison

Background information
Birth name Roy Kelton Orbison
Born April 23, 1936
Born place Vernon, Texas, United States
Died December 6, 1988
Death place Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genre(s) Rockabilly
Years active 1954—1988
Label(s) Virgin Records
Asylum Records
Mercury Records
London Records
PolyGram Records
Monument Records
Sun Records
MGM Distribution
Associated acts Traveling Wilburys
Class of '55
Website Website

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Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter and musician, well known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly / country & western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records in the early to mid 1960s when 22 of his songs placed on the US Billboard Top Forty, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "In Dreams", and "Oh, Pretty Woman". His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songs and the use of one in a film by David Lynch revived his career in the 1980s. In 1988, he joined the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne and also released a new solo album. He died of a heart attack in December that year, at the zenith of his resurgence. His life was marred by tragedy, including the death of his first wife and two of his children in separate accidents.

All Time Greatest Hits (1997) Mystery Girl (1989) For the Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits (1988) Laminar Flow (1979) Regeneration (1977) I'm Still In Love with You (1974) Milestones (1973) Memphis (1972) Roy Orbison Sings (1972) The Big O (1970)

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