Roy Orbison joins "Singing Legends" Pages on Songsandmemories.com
Feb. 1, 2013
-- Roy Orbison had two careers as a major singing star. The first came as one of the primary names in the then popular rock and roll/ rockabilly age of the 1950's and 1960's. The second came in the 1980's before his death in 1988. Most people will immediately recall his most well-known record, "Oh, Pretty Woman" (especially because it was featured in the film, "Pretty Woman" which featured Richard Gere and then new, Julia Roberts). The use of his song, "In Dreams", in David Lynch's film, "Blue Velvet", revived hs career in the 1980's. In 1988, still going strong, he joined The Traveling Wilburys
with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne and released a new album. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack at the end of the year at the zenith his resurgence.
Songs and Memories.com has a mission...to keep alive the greatest music and artists of the 20th Century (a small part of what that website is all about.) The ongoing "Singing Legends" Page is the Top Part of a series of subpages, each one devoted to a particular artist. The website team says the pages are updated on a regular basis and new artists are added all the time. Roy joins a fellow list of important figures which include: Al Martino, Andy Williams, Barry Manilow, The Beach Boys, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, The Crew Cuts, Doris Day, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Four Aces, The Hilltoppers, Johnnie Ray, Jo Stafford and Nat King Cole. Also highlighted at present are: Neil Sedaka, Pat Boone, Patti Page, Perry Como, Ricky Nelson, Rosemary Clooney, Teresa Brewer and Vic Damone. Webmaster Mike DeVita says, "we have just scratched the surface...but it is a good beginning!"
Time after time, Roy managed to put songs on the top hit charts. Some of these have become classics (not only by Roy but by other singers who have covered the hits.) His most popular songs include: "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "In Dreams", "Candy Man", "Pretty Paper", "Oh, Pretty Woman", Running Scared", "Leah" and "Blue Bayou".
Be sure to check out the songsandmemories.com tribute to Roy and also check his own website at royorbison.com.