I have a ton of Roy’s singles, on top of two full LPs that have been posted before. I’ll be spreading the singles out over this week so we’ll have an Orbison week! Feel free to use the tags at the bottom of this post to check out the LPs and his work with other groups.
Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), also known by the nickname the Big O, was an American singer-songwriter.
He 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. His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songs and the use of “In Dreams” in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet (1986) revived his career.
In 1988, he joined the supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne and also released a new solo album. He died of a heart attack in December that year, at the zenith of his resurgence.
Orbison was initiated into the second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The same year he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame two years later. In 2014, Orbison was elected to America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.