Additional information about this, Roy Orbison vinyl art.
Roy Orbison – The Artist
Roy Orbison (1936 – 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. His music was described by critics as operatic, earning him the nicknames “the Caruso of Rock” and “the Big O”. Many of his songs conveyed vulnerability at a time when most male rock-and-roll performers chose to project defiant masculinity. He was known for his shyness and stage fright, countering these by wearing dark sunglasses. Orbison began singing in a rockabilly and country-and-western band at high school. He was contracted by Sam Phillips of Sun Records in 1956, but enjoyed his greatest success with Monument Records. From 1960 to 1966, 22 of his singles reached the Billboard Top 40, and he wrote or co-wrote almost all that entered the Top 10, including “Only the Lonely” (1960), “Running Scared” (1961), “Crying” (1961), “In Dreams” (1963), and “Oh, Pretty Woman” (1964). From the mid-1960s he suffered a number of personal tragedies and his career faltered amidst declining record sales. In the 1980s, Orbison experienced a resurgence in popularity following the success of several cover versions of his songs. In 1988, he co-founded the Traveling Wilburys, a rock supergroup with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne. Orbison died of a heart attack in December that year at age 52. One month later, his song “You Got It” (1989) was released as a solo single and became his first major hit in nearly 25 years.
Cryin’ – The Song
‘Cryin’ is a song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson for Orbison’s third studio album of the same name (1962). Released in 1961, it was a hit in the UK and The US and was covered in 1980 by Don McLean, whose version went to number 1 in the UK.
Roy Orbison – The Shape
This record has been modelled into a silhouette of Roy Orbison head with his distinctive slicked back hair style and dark glasses of the period that the record was released.
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