Roy Orbison

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Legal name: Roy Kelton Orbison

Also performs as: Lefty Wilbury

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Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed the Big O, was an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his distinctive, impassioned voice, complex compositions and dark emotional ballads. The combination led many critics to describe his music as operatic, giving him the sobriquet "the Caruso of Rock". Between 1960 and 1964, 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including "Only the Lonely" (1960), "Crying" (1961), and "Oh, Pretty Woman" (1964).

Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly and country and western band in high school. He was signed by Sun Records in 1956, but his greatest success came with Monument Records in the early 1960s. His career stagnated in the 1970s, but was revived by several cover versions of his songs and the use of "In Dreams" in David Lynch's film Blue Velvet (1986). In 1988, he was a member of the Traveling Wilburys supergroup, along with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. He recorded his last solo album, Mystery Girl, the same year but died of a heart attack shortly thereafter.

While most male rock and roll performers in the 1950s and 1960s projected a defiant masculinity, many of Orbison's songs instead conveyed a quiet, almost desperate, vulnerability. His voice ranged from baritone to tenor, and music scholars have suggested that he had a three- or four-octave range. During performances, he was known for standing still and solitary, and for wearing black clothes and dark sunglasses, which lent an air of mystery to his persona.

His honors include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in the same year, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989. Rolling Stone placed him at number 37 on their list of the "Greatest Artists of All Time" and number 13 on their list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time'. In 2002, Billboard magazine listed Orbison at number 74 in the Top 600 recording artists. In 2014, Orbison was elected to America's Pop Music Hall of Fame.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 At the Rock House Roy Orbison 3
1961 Lonely and Blue Roy Orbison 4
1962 Crying Roy Orbison 5
1963 In Dreams Roy Orbison 5
1965 There Is Only One Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
1965 Orbisongs Roy Orbison 1
1966 The Orbison Way Roy Orbison 1
1966 The Classic Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
1967 Sings Don Gibson Roy Orbison 1
1967 Cry Softly Lonely One Roy Orbison 1
1969 The Many Moods of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
1969 The Original Sound Roy Orbison 1
1970 Hank Williams the Roy Orbison Way Roy Orbison 1
1970 The Big O Roy Orbison 1
1972 Roy Orbison Sings Roy Orbison 1
1972 Memphis Roy Orbison 1
1973 Milestones Roy Orbison 1
1977 Regeneration Roy Orbison 1
1979 Laminar Flow Roy Orbison 1
1986 Class of '55: Memphis Rock & Roll Homecoming Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison & Johnny Cash 5
1989 Mystery Girl Roy Orbison 8
1990 Pretty Woman Roy Orbison 1
1992 King of Hearts Roy Orbison 4 2
2004 Original Hits Roy Orbison 1
2012 True Love Goodbye: Essential Collection Roy Orbison 1
2013 Dream Baby Roy Orbison 1
Beautiful Dreamer Roy Orbison 1
Lonely and Blue / Crying Roy Orbison 1
Only the Lonely Roy Orbison 1
Purely... Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
Roy Orbison Sings Lonely And Blue Roy Orbison 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Roy Orbison Sings Roy Orbison / Jerry Lee Lewis / Tommy Roe 1
1967 Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits Roy Orbison 1
1972 The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 6
1975 The Best Of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
1981 Golden Days Roy Orbison 2 2
1986 All-Time Greatest Hits Roy Orbison 1
1987 In Dreams: The Greatest Hits Roy Orbison 4
1988 For the Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits Roy Orbison 1
1988 For the Lonely: A Roy Orbison Anthology 1956-1965 Roy Orbison 1
1988 The Legendary Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
1989 Rare Orbison Roy Orbison 1
1989 An Original Roy Orbison 1
1989 Best-Loved Standards Roy Orbison 1
1989 Blue Bayou Roy Orbison 1
1989 Monumental Hits Roy Orbison 1
1989 The All-time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
1989 The Collection Roy Orbison 1
1990 Rare Orbison II Roy Orbison 1
1990 The Singles Collection 1965-1973 Roy Orbison 2
1990 Love Songs Roy Orbison 2
1990 Swingin' Rockin' "O" Roy Orbison 1
1990 The Golden Decade: 1960-1969 Roy Orbison 1
1990 The Legendary Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
1991 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Roy Orbison: 1960-1965 Roy Orbison 1
1992 His Greatest Hits Roy Orbison 1
1992 Oh Pretty Woman Roy Orbison 1
1992 Ride Away Roy Orbison 1
1993 The Heart of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
1995 The Essential Collection Roy Orbison 1
1995 The Hit Collection Roy Orbison 1
1996 Pretty Woman: The Best of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 3 1
1996 The Very Best of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 5 3
1996 The Ultimate Collection Roy Orbison 1
1997 The Very Best of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
1998 The Big O: The Original Singles Collection Roy Orbison 1
1999 16 Biggest Hits Roy Orbison 1
1999 Big 'O' Roy Orbison 1
1999 The Anthology Roy Orbison 1
2000 The Very Best of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
2000 ...At His Best Roy Orbison 1
2000 The Very Best of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 1
2001 Orbison 1955-1965 Roy Orbison 1
2002 Love Songs Roy Orbison 1
2002 The MGM Singles - 1965-1973 Roy Orbison 1
2002 Big Hits From the Big 'O' Roy Orbison 1
2002 Ballads Roy Orbison 1
2002 Ooby Dooby Roy Orbison 1
2002 The Love Album Roy Orbison 1
2003 The Essential Sun Years Roy Orbison 1
2003 Pretty Woman Dream: Greatest Hits Roy Orbison 1
2003 The Hits Collection Roy Orbison 3
2004 There Is Only One + The Orbison Way Roy Orbison 1
2004 Authorized Bootleg Collection Roy Orbison 1
2004 Hits! Hits! Hits! Roy Orbison 1
2004 Oh Pretty Woman Original Chart Hits Roy Orbison 1
2004 Roy Orbison Sings + Memphis + Milestones Roy Orbison 1
2004 Roy Orbison's Many Moods / The Big O Roy Orbison 1
2004 The Platinum Collection Roy Orbison 1
2005 Most Famous Hits: The Album Roy Orbison 1
2005 The Very Best Of Roy Orbison 1
2006 The Essential Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 3
2006 Love Hurts Roy Orbison 1
2006 The Essential Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 2
2006 The Very Best of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 2
2008 The Soul of Rock and Roll Roy Orbison 1
2008 Roy Orbison Greatest Hits Roy Orbison 1
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison 2
2008 The Best of the Sun Years Roy Orbison 1
2011 The Monument Singles Collection Roy Orbison 3

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