Roy Orbison

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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: April 23, 1936 | Died: December 6, 1988    

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.

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