Orbison, Roy

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Orbison, Roy Gender: M
Roy Kelton Orbison
born on 23 April 1936 at 15:50 (= 3:50 PM )
Place Vernon, Texas, 34n09, 99w16
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 03°33' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 06°48 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 21°34'

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Roy Orbison
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American singer and rock and roll songwriter with an original style and stunning tenor voice that earned him the name "The Caruso of Rock." His major titles include "Only The Lonely," 1960, "Cryin," 1961,"Blue Bayou," 1963 and "Pretty Woman," 1964. He won an Emmy in 1987 for his duet with Emmylou Harris, "That Loving You Feeling Again." He was best known as the master of the epic rock ballad. After the first brush of popularity, he was never seen without his signature dark glasses and black clothing.

Orbison grew up in the oilfields in Wink, Texas and made his first public performance at age eight in a local radio station. He formed his first singing group as a teen with a band called the "Wink Westerners," followed by another band known as "The Teen Kings Trio." He had his first break with a record producer in Clovis, New Mexico where the "The Teen Kings Trio" recorded a single that was released locally.

Moving to Memphis, Orbison recorded a single for the Sun label in 1956, but despite his ability as a singer he spent the next four years focusing on songwriting, mainly for other artists. It was Elvis Presley's recording of "Only The Lonely" in 1960 that first put Orbison's name in the spotlight. With an astonishing 15 top hits in the early '60s written and performed by Orbison himself, he was one of the most respected figures in pre-Beatles rock, and his thrilling voice against the background of his thrumming guitar conveyed a different message than other rock performers of the time. His songs with themes of loneliness, heartbreak and anxiety featured such range, depth and intensity that critics lent the unusual accolades of "chilling" and "haunting" to his one-of-a-kind rock-and-roll style.

The only American vocalist to survive the British Invasion, Orbison toured England regularly where his singles often soared to No.1 for weeks at a time. He toured continuously from 1962.

He suffered terrible personal tragedy when his wife Claudette was killed in a motorcycle accident June 1966, and then two of his kids died when his Nashville home burned down in September 1968. After marrying German-born Barbara in 1969, the couple had two children and Orbison kept a low profile as a family man in the U.S. during the early '70s, yet never lost his British fans.

In the late '70's his work shone forth again with Linda Ronstadt's recording of "Blue Bayou," followed by increased touring. The re-recording of his 1963 hit "In Dreams" became the focal point of the 1986 film "Blue Velvet. One year later he became a member of the landmark band "The Traveling Willburys," performing alongside veteran talents Tom Petty, George Harrison and Bob Dylan. With his music enjoying a renaissance, he was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

In 1978, he had triple-bypass surgery. A decade later, on 6 December 1988, he collapsed at his mom's house in Hendersonville, Tennessee and died at 11:54 PM of a massive heart attack. By the time of his death, Roy Orbison had become an international rock hero.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Harrison, George (born 25 February 1943). Notes: Band mates in The Traveling Wilburys
  • business associate/partner relationship with Melson, Joe (born 11 May 1935). Notes: Collaborated on songwriting
  • business associate/partner relationship with Pitney, Gene (born 17 February 1940)
  • role played of/by Goldthwait, Bobcat (born 26 May 1962). Notes: 2006 film "Sleeping Dogs Lie"


  • Death of Mate 6 June 1966 at 6:00 PM in Gallatin (Wife Claudette killed in motorcycle accident)
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  • Death of Child 14 September 1968 at 6:30 PM in Hendersonville (Two kids killed in home fire)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 1978 (Triple heart by-pass surgery)
  • Death by Heart Attack 6 December 1988 at 11:54 PM in Hendersonville (Age 52)
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Source Notes

B.R. in hand from Steinbrecher, with time 3:50 pm handwritten on reply letter to Steinbrecher, probably by registry staff.

In March 2017, a forum member pointed to the official family website which states "born on April 23, 1936 at 3:30 pm, in Vernon, Texas".

Sy Scholfield quotes from The Authorized Roy Orbison: The Authorized Biography by Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison, Wesley Orbison (Hachette UK, 2017): "Vernon's population was estimated at 9,137 in 1936, but on Thursday, April 23, 1936 at 3:50 p.m., Roy Orbison made it 9,138."

Starkman rectified to 15.47.28 CST Asc 21Vir02'


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Triple heart by-pass 1978)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (Wife killed in accident)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Lost two kids in fire)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Folk Music
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (1987)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection