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Roy Orbison


Singer, Songwriter. He is best remembered for his songs, “Oh, Pretty Woman,” and “Only the Lonely.”
He wrote “Claudette” (1958) which went to No. 30 when sung by the Everly Brothers. His trademark image included wearing dark sunglasses. His grave has no marker. He grew up in Wink, Texas, for his sixth birthday his parents gave him a guitar, and his father taught him how to play it. About 1942,
Roy Orbison was raised in Wink Texas.Formed the Wink Westerners later called the Teen Kings, while in High School.After a year of College the singer met a couple of guys who had written “Ooby Dooby”. Orbison headed for Memphis and in March 1956 recorded the Sun issued “Ooby Dooby. It sold nearly half a million copies and reached number 59 on the Billboard singles chart. Which was the best postion of a Sun Lable other than the hits of the Big Four of Sun Records: Elvis Presley,Jerry Lee Lewis,Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.Orbison the singer was easly idenified by his sunglasses,black clothes and near operatic voice,high piched,ethereal voice.Orbison eventually signed with Monumental Records.In the early 1960s ascieved popularity with a series of songs that built to a powerful,dramatic,emotional crescendos:Only The Lonely,Running Scared,Crying,Pretty Women.

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Birth: Apr. 23, 1936 Vernon Wilbarger County Texas, USA Death: Dec. 6, 1988 Hendersonville Sumner County Tennessee, USA

The Orbisons moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where his father found work in the aircraft industry during World War II. An epidemic in 1944 had his parents sending the children back to live with their grandmother in Vernon, where Roy wrote his first song, “A Vow of Love” (1945). He formed his first band when he was 13, in 1949, calling themselves, “The Wink Westerners.” Over the next few years, his band began playing for local schools and radio stations, slowing gaining some recognition. He graduated from Wink High School in 1954, and his band friends had put together a new song called, “The Ooby Dooby,” which Roy agreed to record at a local studio in Dallas. It became his first big hit record, in 1955. In 1957, he married Claudette Frady, with whom he had three sons. Claudette was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1966, and two years later, he lost two of his sons in a house fire. He toured in England with the Beatles in 1962, before their first breakthrough, and had a major hit with “Oh, Pretty Woman” (1964). On May 25, 1969, he remarried, to a German girl, Barbara Anne Marie Welhonnen Jakobs, whom he had met in England, and they remained together until his death in 1988. Near the end of his life, he was a very close friend with Canadian singer k.d. lang. One of his last recordings was a version of “Crying,” sung by the two of them as a duet, for which he was awarded a Grammy. He was on tour with a group called the “Traveling Willburys,” which included former Beatle George Harrison, when he suffered a heart attack and died at his mother’s house. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.