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) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his powerful voice, wide vocal range, impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. The combination led many critics to describe his music as operatic, nicknaming him "the Caruso of Rock" and "the Big O". While most male rock-and-roll performers in the 1950s and 1960s projected a defiant masculinity, many of Orbison's songs instead conveyed vulnerability. During performances, he was known for standing still and solitary and for wearing black clothes to match his dyed jet-black hair and dark sunglasses; all of this lent an air of mystery to his persona.

Born in Texas, Orbison began singing in a rockabilly and country-and-western band in high school. He was signed by Sam Phillips, of Sun Records, in 1956, but his greatest success came with Monument Records. From 1960 to 1966, 22 of his singles reached the Billboard Top 40, and he wrote or co-wrote almost all that rose to the Top 10, including "Only the Lonely" (1960), "Running Scared" (1961), "Crying" (1961), "In Dreams" (1963), and "Oh, Pretty Woman" (1964). Soon afterward, he was struck by a number of personal tragedies while his record sales declined.

In the 1980s, Orbison experienced a resurgence in popularity following the success of several cover versions of his songs. In 1988, he co-founded the Traveling Wilburys, a rock supergroup, with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne. Orbison died of a heart attack in December 1988 at the age of 52. One month later, Orbison's song "You Got It" (1989), co-written with Lynne and Petty, was released as a solo single and became his first hit to break the U.S. Top 10 in 25 years.

Orbison's 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Mixed Emotions II: Reflecting Both Sides of Love Various Artists 1
1998 Sixties Summer Mix 2 Various Artists 1
1998 World Star Portrait Various Artists 1
1998 The Best Country Ballads in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
1998 The All Time Greatest Movie Songs Various Artists 1
1998 Gold's Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1998 The All Time Greatest Love Songs of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s, Volume III Various Artists 1
1998 Ready Steady Go! The Number One Sixties Album, Volume II Various Artists 1
1998 60's Mix Various Artists 1
1998 100% Christmas: The Season's Finest Songs, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1998 A Pop Aranykora 4 Various Artists 1
1998 A Pop Aranykora 5. Various Artists 1
1998 Absolute Hits of the 50's Various Artists 1
1998 Eis am Stiel 2 (The Ultimate) Various Artists 1
1998 Party Hits Various Artists 1
1998 Reborn to Run: The 35th Anniversary of Mustang Various Artists 1
1998 Rock & Roll - Classics Various Artists 1
1998 Rockabilly Essentials Various Artists 1
1998 Sounds of the Sixties: 1963: Year of Satire, Sensation and Scandal Various Artists 1
1998 The Best Party Album in the World… Ever! Volume 2 (South Africa) Various Artists 1
1999 A música do século, volume 2 Various Artists 1
1999 Hear It Now! The Sound of the '60s Various Artists 1
1999 The Best Sixties Love Album... Ever! Various Artists 5 1
1999 The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
1999 Fetenhits: Oldies Various Artists 1
1999 Sixties Summer Love Various Artists 1
1999 Country: Modern to Timeless Country Classics Various Artists 1
1999 Now That’s What I Call Music! 1989: The Millennium Series (Millennium) Various Artists 2
1999 Eis am Stiel: The Ultimate, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1999 Millennium 60's Rock Party Various Artists 1
1999 Sun Records: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1999 The Sun Gods Various Artists 1
1999 The Sixties Various Artists 2
1999 The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy’s Collection of Award Winning Music Various Artists 2
1999 Fetenkult präsentiert Christmas Classics Various Artists 1
1999 Mega Jukebox Box, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1999 100 Rock Hits Various Artists 1
1999 Best of the 50s and 60s, Volume III Various Artists 1
1999 Best of the 60’s: 60 Fantastic Songs Various Artists 1
1999 Best of the 80’s: 60 Fantastic Songs Various Artists 1
1999 Best of the Best Various Artists 1
1999 Bleu Various Artists 1
1999 Block Buster Oldies Various Artists 1
1999 Chris Tarrant's Millennium House Party Various Artists 1
1999 Cinéma : Les Plus Grands Hits Various Artists 1
1999 Classic Country: 1960-1964 Various Artists 1
1999 Country Connection Disc 1 Various Artists 1
1999 CQC 40 Clásicos Originales Del Rock Various Artists 1
1999 Double Platinum: Greatest Hits of the 60's & 70's Various Artists 1
1999 Glory Days of Rock 'n' Roll: Rockabilly Various Artists 1
1999 Goodyear: The Ultimate Cruise Album Various Artists 1
1999 Greatest Hits of the Millennium: 60's, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1999 Heartbreaker Various Artists 1
1999 Kings of Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 1
1999 Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of ’50s Rock – Box Set Sampler Various Artists 1
1999 Magical Dancing Party Various Artists 1
1999 Movie Hits Various Artists 1
1999 Party Grooves Various Artists 3 1
1999 Rock N’ Rolll History 101: Fabulous Fifties Various Artists 1
1999 Skeive Skiver 2 Various Artists 1
1999 Slow Motion Vol. 9 Various Artists 1
1999 The Best Love Album In The World... Ever! Various Artists 1
1999 The Power of Love: Christmas Classics Various Artists 1
1999 Time 100: The Music of Our Lives 1960-1980 Various Artists 1
1999 Top 40 Hits of All Time, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2000 The Legendary Sun Records Story, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2000 Les Voix en or, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
2000 Wonderful Spot Various Artists 1
2000 Christmas: The Album Various Artists 1
2000 60 Number Ones of the Sixties Various Artists 1
2000 1000 Nadelstiche: Amerikaner & Briten singen deutsch Various Artists 1
2000 All-time Christmas Favorites Various Artists 1
2000 Christmas Classics (Alster Radio) Various Artists 1
2000 Christmas Classics: Party Around Christmas Various Artists 1
2000 Christmas Time Various Artists 1
2000 Down Memory Lane Various Artists 1
2000 Dreamtime Various Artists 1
2000 Giro 413, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2000 Good Time Gold: A Time to Remember Various Artists 1
2000 Hits of the 50's Various Artists 1
2000 Juke-Box Era Various Artists 1
2000 Lo Mejor de Caiga Quien Caiga Various Artists 1
2000 Oldie Wunsch Box Various Artists 1
2000 The ABC Show Series Johnny Cash 1
2000 The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2000 The Best Rock 'n' Roll Love Songs in the World Ever Various Artists 1
2000 The Super Sounds of the 70’s Various Artists 1
2000 The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas (2000 release, discs one & two) Various Artists 3
2000 Ultimate Rock Classics, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2000 Unforgettable Fifties Various Artists 1
2000 Work the Music Various Artists 1
2001 The Greatest No. 1 Singles Various Artists 1
2001 Superhits of Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 1
2001 Anthology Emmylou Harris 1
2001 Voices of the Century Various Artists 1
2001 The Very Best of Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 1
2001 Capital Gold: Legends II Various Artists 1
2001 Culture pub - la compilation Various Artists 1
2001 30 Country Treffers, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2001 50 anni di musica internazionale Various Artists 1

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