1953 to 1988
April 23, 1936 in Vernon
December 6, 1988
Vernon, TX, United States
Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 - December 6, 1988), also known by the nickname The Big O, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", and "Oh, Pretty Woman".
Thoughts on Songs with Roy Orbison
Some of the most poignant lines in a song, maybe because they are really very simple and at the same time so true. And the awesome rhythm doesn't hurt either. it's that exact moment where you see that person that broke your heart in so many ways and you see him or her in a randome situation like out with some friends or in a bar or in the middle of the street and they just say hi like it's so natural and like there isn't a painful past where he had to make the same effort to forget you and once he leaves, you are a mess all over again and you wonder if maybe it's the same for the other person as well.