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Roy Orbison

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Vernon TX, United States (1954 – 1988)

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed “The Big O”, was an influential American and a pioneer of , 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 , typified in songs such as “Only the Lonely, “Oh, Pretty Woman”, and “Crying”. In 1989, he was inducted posthumously into the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Two common misconceptions about his appearance stubbornly continue to surface about Orbison: one, that he was an albino, and two, that he wore his trademark dark glasses because he was blind or nearly so. Neither is correct, although his poor vision required him to wear thick corrective lenses (He suffered from childhood from a combination of hyperopia, severe astigmatism, presbyopia, anisometropia, and strabismus). Orbison’s trademark sunglasses were a fashion statement arising from an accident early in his career. Due to go onstage in a few minutes, Orbison left his regular glasses in an airplane. Unable to see without corrective lenses, the only other pair of glasses he had available were darkly tinted prescription sunglasses. “I had to see to get onstage,” so he wore the glasses throughout his tour with the Beatles, and he carried on with it for the rest of his professional career. “I’ll just do this and look cool.”

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  • ashablack

    im shocked to see the amount of plays he has to be so low.. he's too good

    Yesterday 2:43pm Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Me abraça Roy! ♥

    3 Jan 1:19am Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    I can't for the life of me separate these songs, and Roy Orbison's style in general, from that feeling of something sinister lurking beneath the surface. That David Lynch-esque notion that everything isn't as it seems. The songs, the arrangements, the vocals are all too perfect.

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • notwhatseem

    in dreammmmmmmmmmssssss i taaaaaaaalk to yoooou

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • lovehonkytonk

    Elvis who ?????????????????????

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • lovehonkytonk

    Mercy .............

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • lovehonkytonk

    "Austin City Limits" and the big "O", Roy Orbison !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Szafira12

    The most underrated artist ever.

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • memristor

    CRYING

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • theironictea

    He is the greatest singer that has ever lived on this earth.

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Iamjustapeasant

    25 years without him. Rest in peace, Big O! [3]

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
  • WarriorJones

    Listening to "You Got It" for the first time. I think. I bet I've heard it on the radio many times before. It's tremendous. Geez.

    2 Mar 2014 Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    I wish I was half as cool as him...

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Keila_M

    She's A Mystery To Me <3

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    одна из главных персоналий в истории рок-н-ролла вообще. трудно найти музыканта, на которого он бы не повлиял, круче только Джин Винсент.

    24 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    he looks like he could have been a great tezuka star

    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    bom dimais

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    There he stood those dark glasses and guitar . and delivered those wonderful ballads . So memorable to those who saw him perform . Also a member of the traveling Wilburys .

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Szafira12

    25 years without him. Rest in peace, Big O! [2]

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Peter88Online

    25 years without him. Rest in peace, Big O!

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
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