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, which 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, Orbison was struck by a number of personal tragedies while his record sales declined. In the 1980s, he experienced a resurgence in popularity through the success of several cover versions of his songs, and in 1988, co-founded the Traveling Wilburys, a rock supergroup with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne. He died of a heart attack later that year, at the age of 52. One month later, his song "You Got It" (1989), co-written with Lynne and Petty, was released as a solo single and became his first to break the U.S. Top 10 in 25 years.

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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Rock '90 Various Artists 1
1990 Rock 'n' Roll Love Songs Various Artists 2
1990 Rock ’n’ Roll Forever, Vol. 3 Various Artists 2
1990 Rock Goes to the Movies Various Artists 1
1990 ROCK'N'ROLL MUSIC Die Klassiker Various Artists 1
1990 Rock'n'Roll, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1990 stereoplay, CD 50: Yesterday's Various Artists 1
1990 The Best of 1980–1990, Volume 2 Various Artists 4 2
1990 The Best of Westcoast Various Artists 1
1990 The Heart & Soul of Rock’n’Roll Various Artists 1
1990 The Power Of Love V Various Artists 2
1990 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1963 Various Artists 2
1990 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1964 Various Artists 2
1990 The Rock ’n’ Roll Era: Red‐Hot Rockabilly Various Artists 1
1990 The Spirit of the 60s: 1963 Various Artists 1
1990 The Spirit of the 60s: 1964 Various Artists 1
1990 Tour of Duty: The Golden Popclassics From the 60's Various Artists 2
1990 Truly Unforgettable Various Artists 1
1991 Missing You 2: An Album of Love Various Artists 1
1991 16 Golden Originals, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Born Bad, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Commercial Breaks Various Artists 1
1991 Do You Remember 1962 Various Artists 1
1991 Do You Wanna Dance (disc 1) Various Artists 1
1991 Hifi Visionen: Pop-CD 20 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1956, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1960, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1960, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1961, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1961, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1962, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1962, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1963, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1963, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1964, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Jukebox Hits of 1965, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Times, Volume 05: 1963-1964 Various Artists 1
1991 Rockfile, Volume 41 Various Artists 1
1991 Rockfile, Volume 43 Various Artists 1
1991 Rockfile, Volume 44 Various Artists 1
1991 Rockfile, Volume 46 Various Artists 1
1991 Rockfile, Volume 47 Various Artists 1
1991 Rockfile, Volume 48 Various Artists 1
1991 Rockfile, Volume 49 Various Artists 1
1991 Rockfile, Volume 50 Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1960 Still Rockin' Various Artists 3
1991 The Spirit of the 60s: 1966: The Beat Goes On Various Artists 1
1991 The Ultimate Sun Rock & Roll Collection Various Artists 1
1991 The Ultimate Sun Rockabilly Collection Various Artists 1
1991 The Very Best of Sun Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 1
1991 Tour of Duty 3: The Strongest Popclassics From the 60's: The Platinum Edition Various Artists 1
1991 Unchained Melodies Various Artists 1
1992 Classic Love Various Artists 1
1992 Now That’s What I Call Music! 22 (UK) Various Artists 4 3
1992 Top Hits U.S.A. T143 Various Artists 1
1992 Now That’s What I Call Music! 23 (UK) Various Artists 3.5 3
1992 25 Super Oldies, Vol. 2: 60 Minutes of Music from the 50's ▪ 60's Various Artists 1
1992 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 2: 1961 Various Artists 1
1992 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 2: 1963 Various Artists 1
1992 Absolute Music 1 Various Artists 1
1992 All the Best Of, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1992 De Pre Historie 1989 Various Artists 1
1992 Jukebox Favourites Various Artists 1
1992 Jukebox Hitparade Various Artists 2
1992 Jukebox Hits of 1958, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Jukebox Hits of 1960, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Jukebox Hits of 1961, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Jukebox Hits of 1962, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Kendo Edition No. 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Larry's Party Rock 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Lonely Without You: 32 Historical Love Songs Various Artists 1
1992 Memphis Rocks: Rockabilly in Memphis 1954-1968 Various Artists 1
1992 Million Sellers 2: The Fifties Various Artists 1
1992 Movie Hits Various Artists 1
1992 Neunzehnhundert ’92 Various Artists 1
1992 Rock 'n' Roll Heartbeats Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Line 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Ronny's Pop Show 20 Various Artists 1
1992 Roots of Rock ’n’ Roll Various Artists 1
1992 Sounds Nice Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Sun's Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1992 Super 30 Various Artists 1
1992 Sweet Dreams Various Artists 1
1992 Sweet Memories Various Artists 1
1992 Tender Love Songs Various Artists 1
1992 The Golden Serie: History of Pop, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 The Nashville Dream Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Red-Hot Rockabilly Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock ’n’ Roll Era: 1962 Various Artists 1
1992 The Spirit of the 60s: 1964: Still Swinging Various Artists 1
1992 The Spirit of the 60s: 1966: Still Swinging Various Artists 1
1992 The Spirit of the 60s: 1969: The Hits Don't Stop Various Artists 1
1992 U.S.A Various Artists 1
1992 Your Hit Parade: Into the '60s Various Artists 1
1993 Virgin’s 21st Anniversary Sampler Various Artists 1
1993 Schmusesongs, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 Now That’s What I Call Music! 1989 (10th Anniversary) Various Artists 1
1993 All the Best Of, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1993 Aral MusicCollection No. 1: I'm Walking Various Artists 1
1993 Cabrio Classics II Various Artists 1

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