Roy Orbison

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Those trademark sunglasses and that measured croon make the Big O a rock 'n' roll legend

Birth name: Roy Kelton Orbison

Born: 23rd April 1936

Died: 6th December 1988

Place of birth: Texas, USA

Career highlights:

  • In high school he formed the band The Wink Westerners with some friends.
  • In college he formed another band called The Teen Kings, who recorded 'Ooby Dooby' at Sun Records.
  • The Teen Kings toured with Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.
  • He wrote the Everly Brothers' hit 'Claudette' for his then wife.
  • Roy toured with The Beatles in 1963 and was top of the bill.
  • He has won 5 Grammys including Best Pop Vocal Performance for 'Pretty Woman' in 1990.
  • He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Along with George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lyne and Bob Dylan he formed the Traveling Wilburys in 1988.
  • In 1989, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Elvis once called him "the greatest singer in the world".
  • His number 1 hits include 'Only The Lonely', and 'Oh! Pretty Woman'
  • In January 2010 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Some Gold Listeners Pay Tribute To The Big O:

Part of the Holy Trinity that is Roy, Elvis & Buddy Holly, is there any better singer/songwriter from that era? His song's were mini love operas, with highs, lows, twists and turns and manage to sidestep the corny trap that so many fell into back then with the new rock n roll sound. Love the Big O!
Mike Brand

I lived on the Gold Coast at Coolangatta and remember listening to Crying on the juke box I loved it and still do. I think he was great.
Keith Lake

My list of the greatest singers of all time would be headed by Roy Orbison followed by Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin.
Liz Marlow

Hi I managed to see Roy 7 times in concert...just blew me away ,such a gentleman sang his songs and went ...never forget him ..he is still so missed..xx
Linda Hewer

Roy Orbison was THE greatest voice in popular music.A composer of some of the most incredible music ever heard,a performer who could hold an audience spellbound just by opening his lips and one of the nicest human beings to have walked this earth.His legacy will live on
Denis Reed

I saw Roy live with the Beatles in 1963. when his top billing was reduced because of the success of the Beatles. I also saw him at Ceaser's Palace in Luton and at Wembley arena. I have always been a fan of his remarkable voice, writing ability and stage presence.I often play a DVD of the Travelling Willburys that is a great tribute to a great performer.
Gordon Skelly

i remember going to the concert in 1963 where he topped the bill whilst touring with The Beatles then saw him on a few occasions at the "Golden Garter" club in Wythenshawe, Manchester,and each show he did was fantastic.
Joan Smith