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Singer-Songwriter.

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 trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas...Wikipedia

Age: 52 (age at death)
Born: 23rd April, 1936, Vernon, Texas, United States
Died: 6th December, 1988, Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
Height: 5' 11" (180 cm)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: In Dreams (Song) (1963), Oh,Pretty Woman (Song) (1964).

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Last met Elvis Presley in Las Vegas 1976 in the King`s last concert in gambling city. Orbison was in the audience and Presley said on the microphone: "Quite simply, the greatest singer in the world, Roy Orbison".

 

He offered his first big hit song "Only the Lonely" (1960) originally to Elvis Presley, but unfortunately all the material for Presley`s next album had already been chosen. Elvis had previously covered Roy`s tune "Mean Woman Blues" in his 1957 film "Loving You" .Roy later offered the song to The Everly Brothers who had a previous hit with another Roy Orbison composition, "Claudette" in 1958. They suggested he record it himself which he finally did.

 

I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say. A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you.

 

As you stopped to say hello, oh, you wished me well, you couldn`t tell that I`d been crying over you.

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