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Roy Orbison

Born on 23 4th 1936 in Vernon, Texas.
Died on 6.12th 1988 in Tennesse.

 

Roy Orbison

The man with the unmistakable voice began as a rockabilly singer, then went as a staff composer (at Acuff - Rose) to Nashville. From his contract with Sun Records, he bought himself free, signed with Monument, where he began the assembly line production fate pregnant pain ballads. Among his classics and evergreens include 'Crying', 'Only The Lonely', 'Dream Baby', 'In Dreams', 'It's Over' and of course 'Pretty Woman' (a total of 29 US-Hits 1956-1967).

1966 accident his wife Claudette deadly on a motorcycle, only two years later both Orbison's sons died in a house fire. On 25 3 1969 Roy married in Nashville, the 19 year old Barbara Anne Wellhonen from Bielefeld (two common sons: Roy Kelton Jr., born in 1970, and Alexander, born 1974). During the 70 years it has been quiet around the superstar, who had to undergo a dangerous heart surgery.

End of the 80 he received a new contract with Virgin, again bubbled the hits, and Orbison was next to George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty solid Roy ORBISON Mm member of the Traveling Wilburys. At 6:12. In 1988, he died 'in Nashville a heart attack, his designated successor at the Wilburys, Del Shannon, shot himself.

Orbison's only German-language single is the mega-Rarität- both original titles were übersungen of the production line of Wolf Kabitzky on 06.09.1963 in Hamburg Teldec studio in the Easter Road with German lyrics. 1987 was recorded 'The Big O' in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

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Roy Orbison

Historians love to write about how Roy Orbison got started in the music business on the wrong foot, being forced to cut rock 'n' roll until he found his niche with the sort of orchestrated ballads that would cement his place in the Hall of Fame. 

While it is true that Roy himself preferred the softer songs and the pop ballads, and certainly that is where he found his greatest chart success, one thing cannot be denied—Roy Orbison's veins pulsed with the blood of a rocker. Although he always denied it, he was great at rocking, and left behind some of the best-loved rockabilly tracks of all time.

 This collection is perhaps the first of its kind, the first to collect all of Roy's best 'rockin'' material from the different periods in his career—from the early days at Sun Records and at the Norman Petty studios, to the short-lived days as an RCA Victor artist in the late 50s, and the few but fertile rockers that Roy cut in his golden days for Monument Records in the early 1960s.

 When an artist finds such massive success with a radically different style such as Roy Orbison did with his pop hits in the 60s, it is easy to write off early efforts with a dismissive wave of the hand. In fact, in doing the research for these liner notes, I was shocked at how nearly every single book or article about Roy Orbison regurgitated the same details about Roy's early rocking period, usually in a few short paragraphs. The thought occurred to me that had Roy not gone on to record those massive pop hits, he would have had the sort of attention paid to his rockabilly sides as the other greats of Sun Records—Carl Perkins, Billy Lee Riley, Sonny Burgess, Warren Smith, and others who have had every minute detail of their 1950s activities researched and obsessed over time and again.

The fact of the matter is that Roy was another teenager in the mid-1950s who traveled to see Elvis Presley play and got swept up in the fury—women, fame, attention, and Roy's own admission that his only goal was "a Cadillac and a diamond ring by the age of 21."Whether or not he was teen idol material mattered not—for deep in his soul Roy felt the calling of wild bop music known as rock 'n' roll. 

Much has also been written about how unlikely a star Roy Orbison was. True, back in the 1950s as it is today, looks mattered over talent in the pop business, and Roy Orbison was not exactly an attractive man. Born albino, he suffered the eyesight problems of albinism, and in fact in the early days (before he wore glasses on stage) many thought Roy was blind because he had to be led up to the microphone. But he dyed his hair a deep jet black, bought himself the finest hepcat clothes that money could buy, equipped himself with top-of-the-line equipment (teenage Roy had a Les Paul 'black beauty' guitar—the most expensive solidbody Gibson made—and a Ray Butts Echosonic Amp like Scotty Moore—also the most expensive custom-ordered amplifier one could own at the time), and made up his mind that he was going to be a rock 'n' roll star, looks be damned.

In the music business, there has always been a great divide between the gifted and the determined, and Roy was both. The determination paid off—in fact the stubborn Roy stuck at it through high and low times throughout his 40-year stint in the music business. How many artists can say they started off with a hit on their first record, then sank so low as to eat rolled up balls of cornmeal and water (as Roy did between his Sun days and the pop hits), found top 40 success and made a million dollars, lost his wife to a motorcycle accident and two sons to a house fire, then wound up getting inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and having a top 10 hit just as he died? The story of Roy Orbison is a story of perseverance and dogged determination more than anything else.

West Texas is precisely the sort of place to breed a determined young man like Roy Orbison. Hot, dusty, and flat—these are the only goodthings that can be said about a place like Wink, Texas, where Roy was raised. Born in April 23, 1936 to hard working parents (Roy's dad Orbie Lee was a rigger in the oilfields), Roy was the classic outcast, a subject that later permeated his hits like Only The Lonelyand In Dreams.

Roy had a good head on his shoulders... 

 

 

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Roy Orbison - Roy Rocks
Roy Orbison: Roy Orbison - Roy Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD15916

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1-CD-album Digipak (6-plated) with 40-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 65 mns. Bear Family has put together a special compilation of all of Roy Orbison's rockin' material - the first of its kind - from his days at Sun all...
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The RCA Sessions
Roy Orbison & Sonny James: The RCA Sessions Art-Nr.: BCD15407

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1-CD-Album with 8-page booklet, 19 tracks. Playing time approx. 45 mns. After Roy Orbison left Sun he joined RCA for one fruitless year. Looking back, we can see how important it was in helping to shape Roy Orbison' classic style. One of...
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The Sun Years 1956-58 (CD)
Roy Orbison: The Sun Years 1956-58 (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15461

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 60 mns. Here's the definitive edition of Roy's rock 'n' roll years with Sun 1956-1958. The 28 songs include Ooby Dooby, Rockhouse, You're My Baby, Chickhearted, Go Go Go, Domino,...
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Orbison 1955-1965 (7-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Roy Orbison: Orbison 1955-1965 (7-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD16423

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7-CD box set (LP-size) with 104-page hardcover book, 189 tracks. Playing time approx. 482 mns. The ultimate Roy Orbison ! Between 1955 and 1965 Roy Orbison revolutionised popular music and these are the recordings that did it! This album...
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Roy Orbison Connection (CD)
Various Artists: Roy Orbison Connection (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17607

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1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 34 individual tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. For Roy Orbison's 85th birthday, Bear Family releases this unique CD compilation of originals and rare cover versions of famous Roy Orbison songs...
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The Cat Called Domino (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd., 45rpm)
Roy Orbison: The Cat Called Domino (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.,... Art-Nr.: BAF14015

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1-LP 10-inch vinyl (45rpm) with 8-page booklet (8"x8"), 12 single tracks. Playing time approx. 27 min - plus bonus CD, 20 tracks, total playing time approx. 60 min. Limited 'Ooby Dooby' edition to celebrate the 85th birthday of Roy...
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Problem Child - Sun Sessions 1956-1958 (LP)
Roy Orbison: Problem Child - Sun Sessions 1956-1958 (LP) Art-Nr.: LPZ2006

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(Zu-Zazz) 12 tracks, mastered by Bob Jones At CTS Studios, Wembley.
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Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way (LP)
Roy Orbison: Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way (LP) Art-Nr.: LPREPSE4683

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(Custom Pressing EU) 10 tracks 1970
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I Drove All Night - Forever Friends (7inch, 45rpm, PS, SC)
Roy Orbison & Sheena Easton: I Drove All Night - Forever Friends (7inch,... Art-Nr.: 45MCS1652

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(1992/MCA) 2 tracks Roy Orbison - I Dropve All Night Sheena Easton - Forever Friends
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Authorized Bootleg Collection (4-CD Box)
Roy Orbison: Authorized Bootleg Collection (4-CD Box) Art-Nr.: CDOBOX3

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(Alchemy) 75 tracks! 1969-80 contains the following albums: Live From Batley Variety Club 1969, Live From Birmingham,AL 1980, Live From The Fiesta Club 1980 & Live From The Queen's Theatre 1975. Original stock copies of this (now...
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Welcome To My Birthday Party - England 1975 (LP)
Roy Orbison: Welcome To My Birthday Party - England 1975 (LP) Art-Nr.: LPDI01

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(1990/DO IT) 18 tracks 18.10.1975 in Hornchurch/Essex, England with 8 page booklet (german) incl. all lyrics. Collector's item custom pressing - rare
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The Fastest Guitar Alive - Your Cheatin' Heart - Soundtrack (LP)
Roy Orbison: The Fastest Guitar Alive - Your Cheatin' Heart... Art-Nr.: LPMGM18

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(MGM/EMI) 10 tracks by Roy Orbison 13 tracks by Hank Williams JR. from the original 1966 MGM Motion Picture soundtracks. UK pressing. Almost since its inception cinema has been at pains to reflect contemporary musical trends and lasso...
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Easy Way Out - Tears (7inch, 45rpm, SC, CS)
Roy Orbison: Easy Way Out - Tears (7inch, 45rpm, SC, CS) Art-Nr.: 45K13135

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(Asylum Records) A - Easy Way Out B - Tears
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The Big O - Vol.2 - Live In Alabama (CD)
Roy Orbison: The Big O - Vol.2 - Live In Alabama (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHAM9008

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(Chamelion) 19 tracks (62:50) 1980
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The Classic Roy Orbison 1965-68 (LP)
Roy Orbison: The Classic Roy Orbison 1965-68 (LP) Art-Nr.: LPRN70711-C

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(Rhino) 14 tracks - 'MGM' recordings from 1965 to 1968 - Cut-out LP As a singer/songwriter, Roy Orbison was in a dass by himself. Elvis Presley had a dynamic, exciting voice, but his songwriting talents were non-existent. John Lennon and...
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Collectors Edition (LP)
Roy Orbison: Collectors Edition (LP) Art-Nr.: LPENC3688

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(Encore) 20 tracks
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Roy Orbison & Ray Peterson (CD)
Roy Orbison & Ray Peterson: Roy Orbison & Ray Peterson (CD) Art-Nr.: CD295049

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(1989/Ariola Express) 16 Tracks, 1958-60! Rare!
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The Big O Live in Birmingham, Alabama 1980 (LP)
Roy Orbison: The Big O Live in Birmingham, Alabama 1980 (LP) Art-Nr.: LPDI003

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(1989/Do it-Records) 19 tracks 1980 plus 32 page bio/discography (german). small custom pressing - few copies.
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The Real...Roy Orbison (3-CD)
Roy Orbison: The Real...Roy Orbison (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY71728

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(Sony-Legacy) 45 Tracks, 1958-65 - Digipack.
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Gold (CD)
Roy Orbison: Gold (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSI998922

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(2000/Disky) 18 tracks
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She's A Mystery To Me - Crying (7inch, 45rpm, PS, BC)
Roy Orbison: She's A Mystery To Me - Crying (7inch, 45rpm,... Art-Nr.: 45VS1173BC

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(1989/Virgin) 2 tracks Large Center Hole TAKEN FROM THE ROY ORBISON ALBUM "MYSTERY GIRL-V2576 TVC2576 CDV2576 SHE'S A MYSTERY TO ME Produced by Bono CRYING (Duet with KD Lang) Produced by Pete Anderson Additional Production and Remix by...
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The Essential - 70th Anniversary Edition (2-CD)
Roy Orbison: The Essential - 70th Anniversary Edition (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD36532

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(Sony-BMG) 42 tracks - Rare Slipcase Edition 
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Dreaming With Roy Orbison (LP)
Roy Orbison: Dreaming With Roy Orbison (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSP250

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(Point) 16 tracks, recorded for Monument and MGM
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For The Lonely - Anthology 56-65 (2-LP)
Roy Orbison: For The Lonely - Anthology 56-65 (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPR171493

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(1988/Rhino/CBS) 24 tracks - Sun and Monument recordings!
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Ballads - 22 Classic Love Songs (LP)
Roy Orbison: Ballads - 22 Classic Love Songs (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSTAR2441

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(CBS Special Products/Telstar/Polygram/Virgin) 22 tracks Did you ever fall in love to a Roy Orbison song? Not surprisingly, many people did. For his supreme vocal and composing talents were ideal for the dreamers, the lovers and people...
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