Roy Orbison

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 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 Forty, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", and "Oh, Pretty Woman". His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songs and the use of "In Dreams" in David Lynch's Blue Velvet revived his career in the 1980s. 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. His life was marred by tragedy, including the death of his first wife and his two eldest sons in separate accidents.

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Lyrics for songs by Roy Orbison:


Crying [1962]

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She Wears My Ring2:28 

In Dreams [Classic] [1963]

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Beautiful Dreamer2:19 
Lonely Wine2:54 

Orbisongs [1966]

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I'd Be a Legend in My Time  

Greatest Hits [Monument] [1967]

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Evergreen2:43 
Love Star2:58 
Mama2:58 

Milestones [1974]

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Blue Rain  

Laminar Flow [1979]

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Easy Way Out3:27 
Hound Dog Man2:42 
I Care3:08 
Lay It Down2:48 
Movin'3:24 
Poor Baby2:52 
Tears3:48 
We're into Something Good2:58 

Black & White Night [Video] [1988]

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Leah [DVD]  

Best-Loved Standards [1989]

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The Great Pretender3:02 

Our Love Song [1989]

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(I Get So) Sentimental  

Rare Orbison [1989]

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Drifting Away3:03 
Only With You2:20 

Singles Collection [1990]

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I Wanna Live2:35 
Memphis, Tennessee2:47 

Heartbreak Radio [1992]

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Heartbreak Radio2:58 

I Drove All Night [1992]

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Line of Fire
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Heart of Roy Orbison [1993]

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Almost  
Double Date  

Covers [1996]

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Danny Boy5:55 
More2:16 
Only You2:36 
Sweet Caroline3:04 
The Three Bells3:44 
Words3:13 
You Don't Know Me3:22 

Live, Vol. 1 [1997]

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Running Scared (Reprise)1:52 

Combo Concert 1965 Holland [1998]

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Dream Baby [*]2:22 

Rocker [1999]

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Rockhouse2:05 

Platinum Collection [2004]

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Careless Heart4:09 
You're the One3:01 

Crying/In Dreams [2008]

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Night Life2:33 

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