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The late Roy Orbison (1936 - 1988) was born and raised in Texas.  His father gave him a guitar when he was 6 years old, and it wasn't long before music became his passion.  At 8 years of age, he began appearing on a local radio show, eventually landing a deal as the host by the 1940's.  By the late 1950's, Orbison had landed a record deal with his band, The Three Kings, and by the early 60's, he was a solo artist.

Roy Orbison has had tons of hits spanning multiple decades.  Since this is an 80's site, we focus primarily on his contribution to that decade.  However, it is worth mentioning some of his more recognizable early hits, such as "Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)", "Running Scared", "Crying", "Dream Baby", "Mean Woman Blues", and "Oh, Pretty Woman".  The 70's were not nearly as kind as the 60's had been for Orbison, but he continued producing.  He got his mojo back by the late 1980's.  As far as the 80's go, his greatest solo success was the song "You Got It" from the 1989 album Mystery Girl, but there was also his participation in the veteran band, Traveling Wilburys, with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty.

Roy Orbison died in December of 1988 of a heart attack at 52.  Due to the resurgence of his popularity, the announcement of his death became an international news story.  Orbison's music continues to influence present day musicians.  The Roy Orbison Discography is as follows:

  • 1961: Roy Orbison at the Rock House
  • 1961: Lonely and Blue
  • 1962: Crying
  • 1962: Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
  • 1963: In Dreams
  • 1964: More of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
  • 1964: Early Orbison
  • 1965: There Is Only One Roy Orbison
  • 1965: Orbisongs
  • 1966: The Orbison Way
  • 1966: The Classic Roy Orbison
  • 1966: The Very Best of Roy Orbison
  • 1967: Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson
  • 1967: The Fastest Guitar Alive
  • 1967: Cry Softly Lonely One
  • 1969: Roy Orbison's Many Moods
  • 1970: Hank Williams the Roy Orbison Way
  • 1970: The Big O
  • 1970: The Great Songs of Roy Orbison
  • 1972: All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1972: Roy Orbison Sings
  • 1972: Memphis
  • 1973: Milestones
  • 1974: I'm Still in Love with You
  • 1975: The Living Legend of Roy Orbison
  • 1977: Regeneration
  • 1979: Laminar Flow
  • 1985: Class of '55 (with Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins)
  • 1987: In Dreams: The Greatest Hits
  • 1987: A Black & White Night Live
  • 1998: Combo Concert: 1965 Holland
  • 1988: For the Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
  • 1989: The Legendary Roy Orbison
  • 1989: 20 Original Hits/Original Recordings
  • 1989: Best Loved Standards
  • 1989: Mystery Girl
  • 1990: The Legendary Roy Orbison (box set)
  • 1992: King of Hearts
  • 1995: Super Hits
  • 1996: The Very Best of Roy Orbison
  • 1998: Oh, Pretty Woman: The Greatest Hits
  • 1998: Live at the BBC
  • 1999: 16 Biggest Hits
  • 2000: 20 Golden Hits
  • 2003: The Best of Roy Orbison
  • 2006: The Essential Roy Orbison
  • 2006: The Very Best of Roy Orbison
  • 2008: Playlist: The Very Best of Roy Orbison
  • 2010: The Last Concert (December 4, 1988)
  • 2011: The Monument Singles A-Sides (19601964)
  • 2011: The Monument Singles Collection (19601964)
  • 2011: Opus Collection
  • 1989
    Mystery Girl

    Roy Orbison Mystery Girl

    YOU GOT IT:
    [starts] Every time I look into your lovely eyes, I see a love that money just can't buy [etc]
     [chorus] Anything you want you got it, Anything you need you got it, Anything at all you got it, baby [etc]

    2006
    Box Set

    The Essential Roy Orbison

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