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Roy Orbison

Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison went on to pioneer an entirely different brand of country/pop-based rock & roll in the early '60s. What he lacked in charisma and photogenic looks, Orbison made up for in spades with his quavering operatic voice and melodramatic narratives of unrequited love and yearning. In the process, he established rock & roll archetypes of the underdog and the hopelessly romantic loser. These were not only amplified by peers such as Del Shannon and Gene Pitney, but also influenced future generations of roots rockers such as Bruce Springsteen and Chris Isaak, as well as modern country stars the Mavericks.

Orbison made his first widely distributed recordings for Sun Records in 1956. Roy was a capable rockabilly singer, and had a small national hit with his first Sun single, "Ooby Dooby." But even then, he was far more comfortable as a ballad singer than as a hepped-up rockabilly jive cat. Other Sun singles met with no success, and by the late '50s he was concentrating primarily on building a career as a songwriter, his biggest early success being "Claudette" (recorded by the Everly Brothers).

After a brief, unsuccessful stint with RCA, Orbison finally found his voice with Monument Records, scoring a number-two hit in 1960 with "Only the Lonely." This established the Roy Orbison persona for good: a brooding rockaballad of failed love with a sweet, haunting melody, enhanced by his Caruso-like vocal trills at the song's emotional climax. These and his subsequent Monument hits also boasted innovative, quasi-symphonic production, with Roy's voice and guitar backed by surging strings, ominous drum rolls, and heavenly choirs of backup vocalists.

Between 1960 and 1965, Orbison would have 15 Top 40 hits for Monument, including such nail-biting mini-dramas as "Running Scared," "Crying," "In Dreams," and "It's Over." Not just a singer of tear-jerking ballads, he was also capable of effecting a tough, bluesy swagger on "Dream Baby," "Candy Man," and "Mean Woman Blues." In fact, his biggest and best hit was also his hardest-rocking: "Oh, Pretty Woman" soared to number one in late 1964, at the peak of the British Invasion.

It seemed at that time that Roy was well-equipped to survive the British onslaught of the mid-'60s. He had even toured with the Beatles in Britain in 1963, and John Lennon has admitted to trying to emulate Orbison when writing the Beatles' first British chart-topper, "Please Please Me." But Orbison's fortunes declined rapidly after he left Monument for MGM in 1965. It would be easy to say that the major label couldn't replicate the unique production values of the classic Monument singles, but that's only part of the story. Roy, after all, was still writing most of his material, and his early MGM records were produced in a style that closely approximated the Monument era. The harder truth to face was that his songs were starting to sound like lesser variations of themselves, and that contemporary trends in rock and soul were making him sound outdated.

Orbison, like many early rock greats, could always depend on large overseas audiences to pay the bills. The two decades between the mid-'60s and mid-'80s were undeniably tough ones for him, though, both personally and professionally. A late-'60s stab at acting failed miserably. In 1966, his wife died in a motorcycle accident; a couple of years later, his house burned down, two of his sons perishing in the flames. Periodic comeback attempts with desultory albums in the 1970s came to naught.

Orbison's return to the public eye came about through unexpected circumstances. In the mid-'80s, David Lynch's Blue Velvet film prominently featured "In Dreams" on its soundtrack. That led to the singer making an entire album of re-recordings of hits, with T-Bone Burnett acting as producer. The record was no substitute for the originals, but it did help restore him to prominence within the industry. Shortly afterward, he joined George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne in the Traveling Wilburys. Their successful album set the stage for Orbison's best album in over 20 years, Mystery Girl, which emulated the sound of his classic '60s work without sounding hackneyed. By the time it reached the charts in early 1989, however, Orbison was dead, claimed by a heart attack in December 1988. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Comments

chychy106
I love this song
Where are the lyrics
Grrrrrrr, mercy baby
He was so awesome in the Traveling Wilbury's
jefcarnick
anyone elseen notice we no longer get lyrics - what happened
love his soul........ . . K a t h e r i n e Sophia...... . . . .
coachwilliam h e w i t t
The Legend...
If there is anybody is this world who knows love and pain, it's Roy Orbison.
bertranjan04
He is the king of country music!
Got here from ac/dc radio lol
TRULY ONE OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS---R I P ROY.
Awesome
Roy is the best ever!! I'm 21 and I'm a huge fan! I have a few of his records I like to play on my 60s record player and i also have over 1000 other old records in my collection from before the 80s all the way back to the early 1900s!
the sweetest voice in the world
died of a heart attack in 1988
Grrrrr mercy baby, RIP Roy Orbison
One of the my favorite music composer
A real trendsetter. !
Elvis and Paul Mc said Roy had the best voice of all time. He certainly does have in my opinion.
Roy Orbison was a genius!
BEST SONG EVER!!!!
One of the best!
roy is a king of his time even today iam a fiftys baby and he is on top with me and the rest of the best in the rockabilly era
Roy Is simply AWESOME!!!
one of our favorite!
Think what all he could have accomplished
Contained, a voice from the bottom to the top, and did not flinch at anytime.
Reminds me of Elvis, totally different, just as great, gives a shiver to the sole.
excellent
katrmcbride
Wish he was here to teach the young folks a thing are two
one of the best ever ..his bigeest fan?
Elvis
Love this song...

The best of the best. Roy RIP !!
Roy Orbison
Epics.!! Orbison created lifetime Epics..
That is the word from KD who was one his chosen backup singers
So true so pure, so Magnificent
Moments from the human lifetime experiences
I so loved --and still do--Roy's music that I changed my first name to Shahdaroba.
RIP ROY!!!!!!
jtny786
Late, late, late in discovering Mr. Roy Orbison! What a shame, but better late than never. So fabulous. I have not heard a bad track yet. All beautiful, Dream Baby, It's Over, Pretty Woman! Yes, indeed.
the real KING of rock & roll, elvis just covered other folks. Roy wrote his stuff , as well as the best voice in the biz..
Love his songs
Roy 'roy orbißon
I like it
I love all the grate artist.
twister11261 9 6 7
mdj. Love his music
RIP Roy!!!!!!
Roy orbison
roy
the voice...
pretty woman
Roy Orbison had to be by far, one of the best singers of all time. Thanks for the great music & even better the memories!!!
Best concert i have ever seen..they wouldnt let him off the stage..great e s t singer ever,I listen to him most everyday...R I P . . .
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