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 known for his distinctive, impassioned voice, 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. 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, 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, twenty-two 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 twenty-five 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
2004 Les plus belles voix du monde Various Artists 1
2004 Lifetime of Romance: Missing You Various Artists 1
2004 Movie Tracks From Lovefilm.com Various Artists 1
2004 My Heart Will Go On Various Artists 1
2004 Paint the Sky With Stars Various Artists 1
2004 Rock & Pop Hits Various Artists 1
2004 Rockin' Hepcat Rockabilly Various Artists 1
2004 Sehnsucht heißt: I Love You! Various Artists 1
2004 The Encyclopaedia of Music: Best of the 60's, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 The Golden Era of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1954-1963 Various Artists 1
2004 The Greatest Hits Collection…Ever! Various Artists 2
2004 The Romantic Collection Various Artists 1
2004 The Ultimate Christmas Album Various Artists 2
2004 The Voice Various Artists 1
2004 Timeless - A Collection Of 54 Classic Performances Various Artists 1
2004 Typisch Zestig! Various Artists 1
2004 Ultimate Love Songs Collection: Falling in Love Again Various Artists 2
2005 No. 1 Oldies Various Artists 1
2005 Because I Love You Various Artists 1
2005 Die Hit-Giganten: Hits der 60er Various Artists 1
2005 World's Best Mum Various Artists 2
2005 Everybody's Rockin' Tonight: 60 Sun Rockabilly Classics Various Artists 1
2005 Elvis and Friends Various Artists 1
2005 Die Hit-Giganten: Hugos Hits Various Artists 1
2005 Driving Rock Ballads Various Artists 1
2005 Complete Eighties Various Artists 1
2005 Süddeutsche Zeitung | Diskothek: 1956: Ein Jahr und seine 20 Songs Various Artists 1
2005 Blandat & Klart Various Artists 1
2005 The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches & Highways Emmylou Harris 2
2005 The Best Pop Album of the 80's Ever! Various Artists 1
2005 A Lifetime of Romance: 50 Timeless Classics From the World's Greatest Crooners Various Artists 1
2005 Housework Songs Various Artists 2
2005 Swinging Sixties Various Artists 1
2005 Capital Gold: Platinum Legends Various Artists 1
2005 I ♥ Sixties Various Artists 1
2005 60s Gold Various Artists 1
2005 100 Forgotten Sixties Classics Various Artists 1
2005 Break Up Songs Various Artists 1
2005 Classic Country Christmas Various Artists 1
2005 Crooners, Vol. 1 & 2 Various Artists 1
2005 Crooners, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2005 Elvis & Friends CD 1 Various Artists 1
2005 Elvis & Friends CD 2 Various Artists 1
2005 Elvis & Friends CD 3 Various Artists 1
2005 Get Your Party Started! Various Artists 1
2005 Good Old Rock'n'Roll Times Various Artists 1
2005 Great Jukebox Favourites Various Artists 1
2005 Lazy Days Various Artists 1
2005 Legends, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
2005 Legends, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
2005 Legends, Volume 12 Various Artists 1
2005 Lifetime of Romance: Heartbreakers Various Artists 1
2005 Ljuva 60-tal, volym 3: 1960-1969 Various Artists 1
2005 Loving You Various Artists 1
2005 Mega real,- Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2005 No. 1’s Collection Various Artists 1
2005 Oldie Club Various Artists 1
2005 RaggarRock Various Artists 1
2005 Rock 'n' Roll Hits, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2005 Rock ’n’ Roll Legends Various Artists 2
2005 Rock & Roll Classics Various Artists 1
2005 Rock Around the Clock... Various Artists 1
2005 Rock'n'Roll Hits Various Artists 1
2005 Romantic Rock Various Artists 1
2005 Solid Gold 50's Various Artists 1
2005 Songs for Help Various Artists 1
2005 Summer Nights Various Artists 1
2005 Summer Superstars Various Artists 1
2005 The Way We Were Various Artists 2
2005 The World’s Greatest: The Ultimate 3CD Collection Various Artists 1
2005 Ultimate Male, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2006 World's Best Mum Various Artists 1
2006 Let's Dance: 40 Tanzhits zur Show Various Artists 1
2006 Mojo 2006.05: Hail to the King Various Artists 1
2006 Worlds Best Dad: Super Tracks for Super Dads Various Artists 2
2006 Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly Various Artists 1
2006 Capital Gold Fifties Legends Various Artists 1
2006 The Legendary Sounds of Sun Studios Various Artists 1
2006 Absolute Golden Oldies Various Artists 1
2006 The Best Country Album... Ever! Various Artists 1
2006 The Very Best of Heartbeat Various Artists 5 1
2006 Hollywood: The Best of Movie Themes Various Artists 1
2006 World's Best Mum Various Artists 1
2006 Chick Flicks Various Artists 1
2006 Best of the Festive Season Various Artists 1
2006 Christmas Classics 2006 Various Artists 1
2006 Diamonds of the 60’s Various Artists 1
2006 Floorfillers 2: The Ultimate Party Album Various Artists 1
2006 Greatest Ever! Country: The Definitive Collection Various Artists 1
2006 Het Beste Uit 40 Jaar De Pre Historie Various Artists 1
2006 Knuffelrock 18 Various Artists 1
2006 Las 101 canciones de oro Various Artists 1
2006 The Classic Years: 1963 Various Artists 1
2006 We Love the Sixties Various Artists 1
2007 The Men Are Singin’ Various Artists 1
2007 Heartbeat Lovesongs Various Artists 1
2007 Classic Rockabilly Various Artists 1
2007 Rock 'n' Roll Memories Various Artists 1
2007 Dreamboats and Petticoats Various Artists 1
2007 Rock ’n’ Roll Originals Various Artists 1

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