Roy Kelton Orbison (1936-1988) was just 52 when he died. Also known by his nickname The Big O, he was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. His greatest success came between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40.
Roy Orbison performs "Oh, Pretty Woman" as the finale of the Black & White Night Concert. Backed by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Tom Waits, kd lang, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, T Bone Burnett, Steven Soles, and Jennifer Warnes. Recorded September 30, 1987.
"Crying" is a rock and roll ballad written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson that was a hit for Orbison. The song was released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in July 1961 and made #1 on the United States Cashbox chart for a week on October 7, 1961, although it peaked at #2 on the rival Billboard Hot 100. In 2002, "Crying" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #69 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
r.cRoy Orbison offered his song - 'Only The Lonely' to both Johnny Cash and to Elvis to record...both turned it down, so Orbinson set about recording it himself. It became his first hit after releasing in July of 1960, hitting #2 on the Billboard Top 100.
Sweet Dream Baby ~ Roy Orbison from Black and White Night * Before I kill you ;) here is another great one from that album. Springsteen is awesome on this entire album. This is also my way of saying I am going back to bed ...tired now. Sweet dreams =)