Biography

Born: April 23, 1936 in Vernon, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s

Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison went on to pioneer an entirely different grade of country/pop-based rock & emit in the early ’60s. What he lacked in charisma and photogenic looks, Orbison made up despite in spades with his quavering operatic tone and melodramatic narratives of unrequited good-will and yearning. In the process, he established still & roll archetypes of the underdog and the hopelessly chimerical loser. These were…

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