Roy Orbison

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Born: April 23, 1936 | Died: December 6, 1988    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Roy Orbison possessed one of the great rock and roll voices: a forceful, operatic bel canto tenor capable of dynamic crescendos. He sang heartbroken ballads and bluesy rockers alike, running up a formidable hit streak in the early Sixties. From the release of “Only the Lonely” in 1960 to “Oh! Pretty Woman,” a span of four years, Orbison cracked the Top Ten nine times. His most memorable performances were lovelorn melodramas, such as “Crying” and “It’s Over,” in which he emoted in a brooding, tremulous voice.

“I’ve always been in love with my voice,” Orbison admitted to Rolling Stone’s Steve Pond in 1988. “I liked the sound of it. I liked making it sing, making the voice ring, and I just kept doing it. And I think that somewhere between the time of ‘Ooby Dooby’ and ‘Only the Lonely,’ it kind of turned into a good voice.”...
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Best Country Performance Duo Or Group (1980) with Emmylou Harris Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Recording (1986) with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Phillips, Rick Nelson and Chips Moman Best Country Vocal Collaboration (1988) with K. D. Lang Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (1989) as part of The Traveling Wilburys Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male (1990)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987)

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1987)

Songwriters Hall of Fame (1989)

In 2009, Orbison was announced as one of the 2010 honorees to have their names added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He received his star posthumously on Friday January 29, 2010.

Studio albums 1961 Roy Orbison at the Rock House (Sun)
Lonely and Blue (Monument )
1962 Crying 21 (MGM)
1963 In Dreams (MGM)
1965 There Is Only One Roy Orbison (MGM)
Orbisongs (Monument)
1966 The Orbison Way (MGM)
The Classic Roy Orbison
1967 Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson
The Fastest Guitar Alive Original Soundtrack
Cry Softly Lonely One
1969 Roy Orbison's Many Moods
1970 Hank Williams the Roy Orbison Way
The Big O ( London )
1972 Roy Orbison Sings ( MGM )
1973 Milestones
1976 I'm Still in Love with You (Mercury)
1977 Regeneration (Monument)
1979 Laminar Flow (Asylum)
1985 Class of '55
(with Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins)
(PolyGram )
1989 Mystery Girl (Virgin)
1992 King of Hearts Live albums 1989 A Black & White Night Live ( Virgin)
1998 Combo Concert: 1965 Holland
1998 Live at the BBC ( Master Tone/BBC )
2010 The Last Concert (December 4, 1988) ( Eagle)

Compilations 1962 Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits (Monument)
1964 More of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
1966 The Very Best of Roy Orbison
1970 The Great Songs of Roy Orbison (MGM)
1975 The Living Legend of Roy Orbison (Columbia)
1977 All-Time Greatest Hits ( Monument)
1987 In Dreams: The Greatest Hits (Virgin)
1988 For the Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits (Rhino)
1989 The Legendary Roy Orbison
20 Original Hits/Original Recordings (PolyGram)
1989 Best Loved Standards (Monument)
1990 The Legendary Roy Orbison (box set) (CBS)
1995 Super Hits (Epic)
1996 The Very Best of Roy Orbison ( Virgin)
1998 Oh, Pretty Woman: The Greatest Hits (Madacy)
1999 16 Biggest Hits ( Monument)
2000 20 Golden Hits (TeeVee)
2003 The Best of Roy Orbison ( EMI)
2006 The Essential Roy Orbison (Monument)
The Very Best of Roy Orbison (Virgin )
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Roy Orbison ( Legacy )

Singles 1956 "Trying to Get to You" ( Je-Wel )
"Ooby Dooby" (Sun )
"Rock House"
1957 "Sweet and Easy to Love"
"Chicken Hearted"
1958 "Seems to Me" (RCA)
"Almost 18"
1959 "Paper Boy" ( Monument )
"Up Town"
1960 "Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel)"
"Blue Angel"
"I'm Hurtin'"
1961 "Running Scared"
"Love Hurts"
"Candy Man"
1962 "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"
"The Crowd"
"Working for the Man"
1963 "In Dreams"
"Distant Drums"
"Blue Bayou"
"Mean Woman Blues"
"Pretty Paper"
"Beautiful Dreamer"
1964 "Borne on the Wind"
"What'd I Say"
"It's Over"
"Indian Wedding"
"Oh, Pretty Woman"
"She Wears My Ring"
1965 "Goodnight"
"(Say) You're My Girl"
"Ride Away" ( MGM )
"Crawling Back"
"Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart"
1966 "Let the Good Times Roll" (Monument)
"Twinkle Toes" (MGM)
"Lana" ( Monument)
"Too Soon to Know" ( MGM)
"There Won't Be Many Coming Home"
"Communication Breakdown"
1967 "So Good"
"Cry Softly Lonely One"
1968 "Born to Be Loved by You"
"Shy Away"
"Walk On"
"Sugar Man"
1969 "My Friend"
"Southbound Jericho Parkway"
"Penny Arcade"
"Tennessee Owns My Soul"
"Break My Mind"
1970 "She Cheats on Me"
"How Do You Start Over Again"
"So Young"
"If I Had A Woman Like You"
1971 "(Love Me Like You Did) Last Night"
"Close Again"
1972 "God Love You"
"Remember the Good"
"Harlem Woman"
"Memphis, Tennessee"
"I Can Read Between The Lines"
1973 "Blue Rain (Coming Down)"
"Sooner or Later"
"I Wanna Live"
1974 "Sweet Mama Blue"( Mercury)
1975 "Hung Up on You"
1976 "Belinda" (Monument)
"I'm a Southern Man"
1977 "Drifting Away"
1979 "Easy Way Out" (Asylum)
"Poor Baby"
1980 "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again"
(with Emmylou Harris) (Warner )
1985 "Wild Hearts" (Island)
1987 "In Dreams" (Virgin)
"Crying" (with k.d. lang)
1988 "Handle with Care" ( Wilbury/WB )
1989 "You Got It" ( Virgin )
"End of the Line" ( Wilbury/WB)
"California Blue" (Virgin)
"She's a Mystery to Me"
1990 "Oh Pretty Woman" (live)
1992 "I Drove All Night" ( MCA)
"Crying" (re-issue with k.d. lang) (Virgin)
"Heartbreak Radio" ( MCA)

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