Al Downing (January 9,1940-July 4, 2005), later known as Big Al Downing, was an entertainer, singer, songwriter, and pianist. He received the Billboard's New Artist of the Year and the Single of the Year Award in 1979. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and was a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Downing was nominated as Best New Artist by the Academy of Country Music and appeared on Hee Haw, Nashville Now, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand television programs.
Ray Sharpe (born February 8, 1938, Fort Worth, is a R & B and rockabilly singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He grew up influenced by country as well as blues music, and many of his recordings are classed as rockabilly. His second record, "Linda Lu" "Monkey’s Uncle" – both sides written by Sharpe, produced by Lee Hazlewood, and featuring Duane Eddy and Al Casey on guitars – very successful, reaching No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959.
Roy Orbison’s Texan roots offer a glimpse into his rockabilly music, but it’s his personal style of jet-black hair and ubiquitous black sunglasses that made his octave-changing vocals all the more fascinating.