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Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison

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39 articles


Roy Orbison: The Complete Sun Sessions (Varese Sarabande)

Review by Gary Pig Gold, In Music We Trust, January 2004

FOR THOSE WHO may be only marginally aware of The Big O's 1950's recordings (ie: via Creedence's credible cover of 'Ooby Dooby' 'way back when), ...


Roy Orbison (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

Roy Orbson on the Travelling Wilburys, the ups-and-downs of his career, the old Sun Records gang, and a whole lot more...

File format: mp3 File size: 60.1mb; interview length: 1h 02' 35" Sound quality: ***


Janet Martin Describes to Ian Dove Roy Orbison's Home-Life

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 12 April 1963

ROY ORBISON may live just outside Nashville, Tennessee — in Hendersonville, to be exact — and he may record his hit discs in the celebrated ...

Roy Orbison: Hits Are Great — But I Miss Those (MODEL) Planes

Interview by June Harris, Disc, 20 April 1963

A few weeks before the start of his first-ever tour of Britain, and with 'In Dreams' still climbing the charts here, ROY ORBISON talks to ...

The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Gerry & the Pacemakers: Adelphi, Slough

Live Review by June Harris, Disc, 25 May 1963

Beatles-Roy Orbison tour is a sensation! ...

Del And Roy Hope To Tour Here Again — But Together

Report and Interview by Jean Carol, Disc, 8 June 1963

ROY ORBISON and Del Shannon have formed a mutual admiration society! More than anything, these two American stars would love to make a British tour ...

Roy Orbison: An Unexpected U.S. Hit For Roy

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 14 September 1963

But although he's clicking with a rocker, he's recording with 'Those Great British Strings' ...

Roy Orbison, Freddie & the Dreamers, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, the Searchers: Walthamstow Granada, London

Live Review by June Harris, Disc, 21 September 1963


Roy Orbison's Moving Into His Dream House

Report by June Harris, Disc, 29 February 1964

ROY ORBISON, who will be back here in a few weeks for a tour which opens on April 17 and whose 'Borne On The Wind' ...

Roy Orbison Off The Cuff

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, 9 May 1964

SLOW TALKING, deep thinking Roy Orbison – our first American to be featured in Off The Cuff – made an ideal interviewee. Following is a ...

Roy Orbison, the Rockin' Berries, Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, Marianne Faithfull: Adelphi, Slough

Live Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, 27 February 1965

SO HIGH is the esteem in which Roy Orbison's fans hold him that they made him do an encore of 'Running Scared' and 'Goodnight' at ...

Derek Taylor's Life With The Beatles

Memoir by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, 9 June 1965

Recalls First Meeting When He Marveled At Their Magnetism ...

Blind Date: Stevie Winwood

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 15 January 1966

CILLA BLACK: 'Love's Just A Broken Heart' (Parlophone). It's Cilia — she's great, but this is one of those things that need a second listen. ...

All About The World's Greatest Pop Show: 1966 NME Concert Mightiest Ever!

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 6 May 1966

THOUSANDS upon thousands of fans converging on the massive Wembley Empire Pool for the biggest pop show in the world on Sunday... the staggering, the ...

Orbison — Friendly American With A Soft Spot For Britain

Interview by Alan Walsh, Melody Maker, 11 March 1967

ROY ORBISON is one of the unfathomable elements in British pop. He weathered the turbulent years of the beat boom singing dramatic ballads in the ...

Roy Orbison, Small Faces: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Richard Green, Record Mirror, 11 March 1967


The Small Faces, Roy Orbison, Paul & Barry Ryan, Jeff Beck: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 11 March 1967

A RIGHT phantasmagorical experience was created by the combined powers of the Small Faces and Roy Orbison at the opening of their tour at Finsbury ...

New Albums From The Doors, Roy Orbison, Sonny & Cher et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 22 April 1967

Orbison Gibson album — a fine LP but could be depressing... ...

Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, John Lee Hooker, Byrds, Prince Buster et al Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 6 May 1967

Some sophisticated new Motown albums ...

Roy Orbison's Own Rock History #1

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967

As told to Jim Delehant ...

Roy Orbison's Own Rock History #2

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1968

THE MUSIC business is a little better now because there are more attractive deals for the artists. Some record companies offer 10% deals, where the ...

Roy Orbison's Own Rock History #3

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, February 1968

PRACTICALLY everything that's happening in music now, came from Memphis. I'd say it would have to be just chance because that's where the studios were, ...

New Albums From Roy Orbison, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 6 April 1968

Some interesting LP's — a new and an old Orbison, powerful Move, brilliant Byrds, but a let-down from Jefferson Airplane, and an unexpected goodie by ...

Roy Orbison: Talk Of The Town, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 August 1968

Orbison needs do no more than sing ...

Sun Records: The Ooby Dooby

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, 30 October 1970

"'SINFUL MUSIC,' the townsfolk in Memphis said it was. Which never bothered me, I guess." Elvis Presley, interviewed in 1957. In the early 1950s, the ...

Roy Orbison: 1960's Man Of Integrity

Profile by Michael Gray, Melody Maker, 9 March 1974

ROY ORBISON seems fated to be Mr. 1960. That's when he began a cascade of hit singles. That's when he became a star in Britain. ...

Roy Orbison

Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 20 December 1980

"I MADE my first money at a medicine show. I didn't know there were such things except in movies or in films until I was ...

Roy Orbison, The Romeos: Town Hall, New York

Live Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

MANHATTAN'S Town Hall recently showcased two generations of Southern rockers and provided a lesson on the importance of image. ...

Roy Orbison: The One With The Glasses

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Country Music Extra, Spring 1982

ROY ORBISON has a classic Country-music pedigree. He was born in Texas, lives near Nashville and formed his first Country band while still in his ...

Roy Orbison: The Big O 1936-1988

Obituary by Mark Cooper, Observer, The, 18 December 1988

Chubby and shaded, Roy Orbison made a generation weep in pleasurable misery, says MARK COOPER ...

Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl

Review by Richard Cook, Sounds, 28 January 1989

"I THINK IT sounds like me," said Roy Orbison, and it does. The trembling but never quite breaking falsetto of ‘In The Real World’ is ...

It's Over: Roy Orbison

Obituary by Robert Sandall, Q, February 1989

Roy Orbison died on the crest of sudden universal acclaim for his soaring and deliciously mournful ballads, ending a 30-year recording career in which life ...

Roy Orbison: The Big O

Retrospective and Interview by Jon Wilde, Blitz, February 1989

Roy Orbison's death in December 1988 brought an abrupt end to the career of one rock's most enduring and extraordinary performers. Just over eighteen months ...

The Lonely Blue Dream of Roy Orbison

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1999

HE STANDS stock-still, or nearly so. His right hand mechanically strums a black Gretsch, and his left leg slightly trembles. He could be a waxwork ...

Roy Orbison

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Music Week, October 2008

JUDGED BY A JURY of his peers, Roy Orbison would almost certainly be found unanimously guilty of being the greatest singer and live performer of ...

King of Hearts: Roy Orbison Revisited after 25 Years

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, November 2013

ROY ORBISON played what turned out to be his last concert, December 4, 1988 at the Front Row Theatre in Highland Heights, not far from ...

Roy and the Boys: Roy Orbison and the Beatles On Tour

Retrospective and Interview by David Burke, Vintage Rock, 2017

PICTURE THE SCENE – Roy Orbison is at the back of the bus working on 'Oh, Pretty Woman', the song that would become his biggest ...

Roy Orbison

Book Excerpt by Nick Coleman, 'Voices' (Jonathan Cape), January 2018

THE IMPORTANCE of Roy Orbison cannot be overstated. He emerged from Wink, Texas, in the 1950s, blinking astygmatically behind heavy-rimmed spectacles, a pudding-faced introvert of ...

Fred Foster, 1931-2019

Obituary by Tony Burke, Record Collector, May 2019

FRED FOSTER, the founder of Monument and Sound Stage 7 Records, died on 20th February in Nashville, aged 87. Born in North Carolina in 1931 ...

see also Traveling Wilburys


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