Roy Orbison Biography

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 - December 6, 1988), nicknamed "The Big O", was an influential American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll, whose recording career spanned more than four decades. By the mid-1960s Orbison was internationally recognized for his ballads of lost love, rhythmically advanced melodies, three-octave vocal range, characteristic dark sunglasses, and sometimes distinctive usage of falsetto, typified in songs such as "Only the Lonely, "Oh, Pretty Woman", and "Crying".

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Roy Orbison
Birth Name
Roy Kelton Orbison
Birth Date
23 April 1936
Birth Place
Vernon, Texas, U.S.
Death Date
6 December 1988
Death Place
Madison, Tennessee, U.S.
Death Cause
Heart attack
Guitar, vocals, harmonica/mouth organ
Rock music|Rock, rockabilly, Pop music|pop, Country music|country
Musician, singer-songwriter
Years Active
{{nowrap|Sun Records|Sun, Monument Records|Monument, MGM Records|MGM, London Records|London,
Mercury Records|Mercury/PolyGram Records, Asylum Records|Asylum, Virgin Records|Virgin/EMI|EMI Records}}
Associated Acts
Traveling Wilburys, Teen Kings, Dick Penner#Wink Westerners|The Wink Westerners,
Class of '55
Notable Instruments
Gibson ES-335