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.
Prior to the renewed success of Orbison in 1987 with stand-out tracks in movies Blue Velvet and Less Than Zero and a duet with k.d.Lang of “Crying”, it was 1985 when the ZTT label of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Art Of Noise fame gave him his first chart success (#76 in the UK) with another soundtrack, this time it was Nicolas Roeg’ “Insignificance”.
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