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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 09:37 AM
Today marks the death of Roy Orbison (1988), whose career spanned four decades. In 1963, he headlined a European tour with The Beatles. Orbison is best remembered for his ballads of lost love, and in the music community is revered for his song writing ability. His single, "Oh, Pretty Woman", sold more copies in its first ten days of release than any single up to that time, and eventually sold over seven million copies.

Three songs written and recorded by Orbison, "Only The Lonely", "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "Crying" are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1989, Orbison was inducted posthumously into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1998, Orbison was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Orbison's album, Mystery Girl, and the single, "You Got It," were posthumous hits, and are generally regarded as Orbison's best work since the 1960s. At the time of his death, he was the first person since Elvis Presley to have two albums in the top 5 (Mystery Girl and Traveling Wilburys).

Let us remember him for who he was and who he influenced throughout the music industry!

 
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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 09:45 AM
I loved Roy's work and his laid back personality. I really loved what he did with The Traveling Wilburys. The empty rocking chair as he sang the chorus in the video of End Of The Line still makes me verklempt.

End Of The Line
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ewWyW6lT1HE

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 10:04 AM
Truly one of the greatest voices of our time!
 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 10:12 AM
myspace.com/royorbison LOVE Roy! Orbi and RO2 as well!

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 11:39 AM

Working in West Texas in the mid-80's, I had to go to Wink one day, Roy's birthplace. It was so small that both the City Limit signs were on the same post.

Actually it was a sad little place in the middle of a bad downturn in the oil business. About one third of the houses were abandoned.

They did have a nice football stadium right in the middle of town.

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 12:32 PM
I just love early Rock & Roll and Roy Orbison is one of the reasons why. What a voice and talent. I so got a kick out of him joining up with the Wilbury's in his later career years. Thanks for the music, Roy!

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 12:40 PM
I'm VERY happy I got to see Roy twice.One of my top 10 favorites.
I bought Mystery Girl when it came out. I Like the cd AND the title song on that a lot.

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 07:47 PM
I really took notice of Roy Orbison when he played the first Farm-Aid(I think it was at the first concert,in'85). Anyway,I was watching it on tv,and the crowd just loved his performance. So did I! It was a little bit of an epiphany for me.

I always remembered something Bruce Springsteen said when he inducted Roy Orbison into the RRHOF: to listen to Roy Orbison sing is to know what it means to be 'unafraid of love'.

'...Roy Orbison singing for the lonely,hey, that's me and I want you only...'

 

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  posted on 12/6/2007 at 08:45 PM
Hillbilly opera was a term that I think Bonnie Rait used to describe Roy's music. I can't imagine putting it any better. Ray was an American original at a time when that meant something real and positive. I still love bringing out the Black & White Night DVD and watching him perform. I can never watch it with getting a lump in my throat in a tear in my eye.

 

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  posted on 12/7/2007 at 08:40 AM
I can comfortably say he's the best singer ever born this side of the Atlantic.
 

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  posted on 12/7/2007 at 01:49 PM


I got to hear Roy perform live in 1988, and when he hit those high notes in "only the lonely" it made my hair standup! just incredible power in that mans voice!. he was gone less than 1 year later








 
 


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