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Roy Orbison net worth:
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Roy Orbison Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Roy Orbison was born on the 23rd April 1936 in Vernon, Texas, USA, and was a musician and singer-songwriter, best known for his distinctive voice and dark love ballads. Orbison had over 20 songs that were placed in the Billboard Top 40, including such hits as “Only the Lonely” (1960), “Crying” (1961), and “”Oh, Pretty Woman” (1964). He has been a Rock ;n’ Roll Hall of Famer since 1987, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, and the Songwriters Hall of Famer. Roy received six Grammy Awards, and since 2010 he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Orbison’s career started in 1953 and ended in 1988, when he passed away..

Have you ever wondered how rich Roy Orbison was at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Orbison’s net worth was as high as $15 million, an amount earned through his successful career in music.

Roy Orbison Net Worth $15 Million

Roy Orbison was a son of Orbie Lee Orbison, an oil well driller and car mechanic, and Nadine Shultz, a nurse. His father bought him a guitar when was six, and by the late ‘40s, Roy already hosted a show on local radio. He went to the Wink High School, where he formed a band with some friends, called the Wink Westerners, even performing on KERB radio station in Kermit. Later Orbison enrolled at the North Texas State College in Denton, but dropped out after a year to return home to Wink.

Roy then moved to Odessa, Texas, where he went to the Odessa Junior College, while the Wink Westerners changed the name to Teen Kings and performed on local TV stations. While in Odessa, Orbison saw live shows of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and when Roy decided to make a living out of music, approaching Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Phillips offered a contract to the Teen Kings in 1956, but in 1961, Roy recorded his debut solo album entitled “Roy Orbison at the Rock House”. The first studio album that entered Billboard 200 chart was “Crying” in 1962, peaking in No. 21 place, while it reached No. 17 on the UK Albums chart.

In 1963, Roy released “In Dreams”, which reached No. 35 on the Billboard 200 and No. 6 on UK Albums chart; the singles “In Dreams”, “Dream”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, and “My Prayer” were among his most popular. Two years later, he recorded “Orbisongs” and the album peaked at the No. 136 on Billboard 200, and No. 40 on UK chart, while the single “Oh, Pretty Woman” became a worldwide hit, and is still one of the most recognizable songs of all time. This increased Roy`s net worth to a large degree.

Until 1987 and the release of “In Dreams: The Greatest Hits”, neither of Orbison’s albums made it to Billboard 200 chart. In 1988, the album called “Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1” – recorded with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne – achieved triple platinum status in the US, peaked at No. 3 on Billboard 200, and at No. 16 on the UK chart. His next release called “Mystery Girl” (1989) achieved platinum status in both US and the UK, adding further to his net worth.

Most recently, the posthumous album entitled “One of the Lonely Ones” came out in December 2015. Roy recorded almost 30 compilation albums which helped him to increase his net worth additionally.

Regarding his personal life, Roy Orbison was married twice to Claudette Frady until her tragic death in 1966, when she was killed in a motorcycle accident in Gallatin, Tennessee. Only two years later, his two sons died in a fire that took over his house in Hendersonville, Tennessee, while Roy was on tour in England. He married Barbara in 1969, and they were together until his death – Orbison suffered from heart disease for the most of his life, and on 6 December 1988, he died of a heart attack in Hendersonville, aged just 52.

Roy Orbison information

Roy Orbison information

Birth date: April 23, 1936
Birth place: Vernon, Texas, United States
Death date: December 6, 1988, Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Profession:Singer-songwriter
Nationality:American
Spouse:Barbara Orbison (m. 1969–1988), Claudette Frady (m. 1965–1966), Claudette Frady (m. 1957–1964)
Children:Anthony King Orbison, Wesley Orbison, Roy Kelton Orbison, Alexander Orbison, Roy Dewayne Orbison
Parents:Nadine Shultz, Orbie Lee Orbison

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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Willkommen Österreich2008TV Series music - 1 episode
Crazy2008/IIperformer: "Dream Baby How Long Must I Dream"
Memòries de la teleTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
It Takes Two2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Prison Break2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Samyy luchshiy film2008performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" - as R.Orbison
Live from Austin Tx: Norah Jones2008Video documentary writer: "Blue Bayou"
The Singing Bee2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Gangster2007writer: "Only The Lonely Know the Way I Feel" 1960
Repressions2007Short writer: "Crying"
Danny - Tähti ja tähtien tekijä2007Video documentary writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Mania2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Canadian Idol2005-2006TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen KingTV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
7th HeavenTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1996 - 2006 writer - 2 episodes, 1996 - 2006
Parashat Ha-Shavua2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Medium2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gymnaslærer Pedersen2006writer: "Oh! Pretty Woman"
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2003-2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Date Movie2006performer: "Oh Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
Sleeping Dogs Lie2006/Iperformer: "You Got It" / writer: "You Got It"
Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found2005TV Special documentary performer: "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
William Eggleston in the Real World2005Documentary performer: "In the Real World"
Miss Montigny2005writer: "Oh ! Pretty Woman"
American Idol2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Iznogoud2005writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" - as Orbison
Plauto, recuerdo distorsionado de un tonto eventual2004"Blue Angel" / performer: "Blue Angel"
Man on Fire2004writer: "Blue Bayou"
The SopranosTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Shabatot VeHagim2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Operación triunfo2003TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Kal Ho Naa Ho2003writer: "Pretty Woman"
Idols2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dreamcatcher2003performer: "Blue Bayou" / writer: "Blue Bayou"
Hundtricket - The Movie2002performer: "Oh Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
Jos sais kerran2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bad Company2002writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle2001TV Short documentary writer: "HANDLE WITH CARE"
Last Orders2001performer: "Blue Bayou" 1961 / writer: "Blue Bayou" 1961 - as Roy K. Orbison
Mulholland Dr.2001writer: "Crying" Llorando
FuturamaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
100 Greatest Number One Singles2001TV Special documentary performer: "Pretty Woman" / writer: "Pretty Woman"
Live by Request: K.D. Lang2000TV Movie writer: "Crying"
A Many Splintered ThingTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2000 music - 1 episode, 2000 performer - 1 episode, 2000
The Guilty2000writer: "Crying"
Stars in Their Eyes1990-2000TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Our Friend, Martin1999Video writer: "As Long As I Can Dream"
K-9111999Video performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Roy Orbison: The Anthology1999Video documentary performer: "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Blue Bayou", "In Dreams" / writer: "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Blue Bayou", "In Dreams"
The Love Letter1999performer: "Only The Lonely" / writer: "Only The Lonely"
Paperback Hero1999performer: "Cryin'", "I Drove All Night", "Only the lonely" / writer: "Cryin'", "Oh Pretty Woman", "Only the lonely"
Kill the Man1999performer: "Workin' For The Man" / writer: "Workin' For The Man"
In Dreams1999performer: "IN DREAMS" / writer: "IN DREAMS"
Ramat Aviv GimmelTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
You've Got Mail1998performer: "Dream"
Little Voice1998writer: "It's Over"
Dance with Me1998performer: "Dream Baby"
A Cool, Dry Place1998writer: "Claudette"
Girls' Night1998"Oh, Pretty Woman" / performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Mean Woman Blues"
Gypsy Magic1997performer: "California Blue" / writer: "California Blue"
Mystery Science Theater 30001997TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gravesend1997performer: "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
Gummo1997performer: "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
The End of Violence1997performer: "You May Feel Me Crying"
TohuwabohuTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1994 - 1997 writer - 2 episodes, 1994 - 1997
Dollywood: A Memory Worth Repeating1996Video documentary writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Die Harald Schmidt Show1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Star Trek: First Contact1996performer: "Ooby Dooby"
Du bist nicht allein - Die Roy Black Story1996TV Movie performer: "In Dreams", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Candy Man" - uncredited / writer: "In Dreams", "Oh, Pretty Woman" - uncredited
The Sunchaser1996performer: "So Young", "Blue Bayou", "Blue Rain" / writer: "So Young", "Blue Bayou", "Blue Rain"
Moonshine Highway1996TV Movie performer: "Go, Go, Go"
Syrjähyppyjä1996TV Movie performer: "Blue Angel"
Vacanze di Natale '951995performer: "Pretty Woman" / writer: "Pretty Woman"
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentary performer: "Pretty Woman" / writer: "Pretty Woman"
Suolaista ja makeaa1995writer: "Kaunis nainen Oh, Pretty Woman"
Boys on the Side1995writer: "You Got It"
Dumb & Dumber1994performer: "Oh Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
The Critic1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
Comic TimingTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
The Thing Called Love1993writer: "WHAT KIND OF LOVE"
Indecent Proposal1993"A Love So Beautiful" / performer: "A Love So Beautiful"
Lo Kolel Sherut1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
That Night1992performer: "DREAM BABY"
Saved by the Bell1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1977 - 1992 performer - 1 episode, 1992
Roy Orbison: I Drove All Night1992Video short performer: "I Drove All Night"
Zeg 'ns AaaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1991 writer - 1 episode, 1991
Lena's Holiday1991performer: "Dream Baby" - uncredited
Only the Lonely1991performer: "ONLY THE LONELY" / writer: "ONLY THE LONELY"
Only Fools and Horses....1991TV Series writer - 1 episode
Get a Life1990TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pretty Woman1990performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
RockopopTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1990 writer - 1 episode, 1990
Tulilinja1990TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zwei Münchner in Hamburg1989TV Series performer - 1 episode
Coming Home: A Rockin' Reunion1989TV Movie performer: "Big Train from Memphis"
Dream Baby1989TV Movie writer: "Blue Angel", "Only the Lonely" - uncredited
Mystery Train1989performer: "Domino" / writer: "Domino"
Checking Out1989performer: "ONLY THE LONELY" / writer: "ONLY THE LONELY"
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night1988TV Movie documentary writer: "Only The Lonely", "Blue Bayou", "Leah", "Running Scared", "Uptown", "In Dreams", "Crying", "Go, Go, Go Down The Line", "Claudette", "It's Over", "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Running on Empty1988writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
Dolly1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
Moonlighting1988TV Series writer - 1 episode
Satisfaction1988"Talk to Me"
Hiding Out1987performer: "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
Less Than Zero1987performer: "Life Fades Away" / writer: "Life Fades Away"
Rags to Riches1987TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars1987Video short performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Blue Velvet1986performer: "In Dreams" / writer: "In Dreams"
Down by Law1986writer: "Crying"
Weird Science1985writer: "OH, PRETTY WOMAN"
Insignificance1985lyrics: "Wild Hearts" / music: "Wild Hearts" / performer: "Wild Hearts" / producer: "Wild Hearts"
Austin City LimitsTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1983 writer - 1 episode, 1983
Siamo fatti così: Aiuto!1980performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" electronic version / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" electronic version
Roadie1980performer: "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again", "Eyes of Texas" / writer: "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again"
Pink LadyTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1980 writer - 1 episode, 1980
Saturday Night Live1977TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Man Who Fell to Earth1976performer: "Blue Bayou" / writer: "Blue Bayou"
Roy Sings Orbison1975TV Movie performer: "Only the Lonely Know The Way I Feel", "Crying", "Penny Arcade", "Blue Bayou", "Running Scared", "Candy Man", "In Dreams", "Mean Woman Blues", "It's Over", "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Only the Lonely Know The Way I Feel", "Crying", "Blue Bayou", "Running Scared", "In Dreams", "It's Over", "Oh, Pretty Woman"
The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club1974TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Johnny Cash ShowTV Series performer - 3 episodes, 1969 - 1970 writer - 2 episodes, 1969 - 1970
Zig Zag1970performer: "Zig Zag"
Zabriskie Point1970performer: "So Young" / writer: "So Young"
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee1969TV Movie writer: "Go, Go, Go Down The Line"
The Fastest Guitar Alive1967performer: "The Fastest Guitar Alive", "Pistolero", "Good Time Party", "River", "Whirlwind", "Medicine Man", "Rollin' On" / writer: "The Fastest Guitar Alive", "Pistolero", "Good Time Party", "River", "Whirlwind", "Medicine Man", "Rollin' On"
Jongens, jongens, wat een meid1965Short performer: "Pretty Woman" - uncredited / writer: "Pretty Woman" - uncredited
Un callejón sin salida1965writer: "Ay Preciosa Oh, Pretty Woman"
The Beverly Hillbillies1965TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig!TV Series writer - 4 episodes, 1964 - 1965 performer - 1 episode, 1964
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Swinging U.K.1964Short writer: "Running Scared"
The Dick Clark ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1960 writer - 1 episode, 1960
The Walking DeadTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Mafia III2016Video Game performer: "Running Scared" - uncredited / writer: "Running Scared" - uncredited
Nerve2016performer: "You Got It" / writer: "You Got It"
Tvoje tvár má známý hlas2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Morfi, todos a la mesaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Ochéntame... otra vezTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
La gent normalTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Acció políticaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones2015TV Movie documentary performer: "Up Town", "Only the Lonely", "Running Scared", "Crying", "Mean Woman Blues", "Oh Pretty Woman", "It's Over", "Twinkle Toes", "One of the Lonely Ones", "Lana", "In Dreams", "Leah" / writer: "Up Town", "Only the Lonely", "Running Scared", "Crying", "Oh Pretty Woman", "It's Over", "Twinkle Toes", "One of the Lonely Ones", "Lana", "Blue Bayou", "In Dreams", "Leah", "Only the Lonely" uncredited, "Oh Pretty Woman" uncredited
The Hateful Eight2015performer: "There Won't Be Many Coming Home" / writer: "There Won't Be Many Coming Home"
OverspelTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
The GrinderTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2015 music - 1 episode, 2015 performer - 1 episode, 2015
Doctor Who2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV Movie performer: "Running Scared" / writer: "Running Scared"
Trainwreck2015performer: "She's a Mystery to Me"
Britain's Got TalentTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
WPC 562015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Call the MidwifeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Parks and Recreation2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl2015performer: "In Dreams" / writer: "In Dreams"
Matzav Ha'Uma2014TV Series music - 1 episode
The World's Greatest Tribute Bands2014TV Series 1 episode
Chelsea Lately2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
True BloodTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Today at WimbledonTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
WimbledonTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
The Little Death2014performer: "Beautiful Dreamer"
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2014TV Movie writer: "Blue Bayou"
Granite FlatsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
A Most Wanted Man2014performer: "Falling" / writer: "Falling"
The Art of the Steal2013performer: "In Dreams" / writer: "In Dreams"
Boom TownTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The NewsroomTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Vegas2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
De wereld draait door2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Warm Bodies2013performer: "Oh Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
The Richest Songs in the World2012TV Movie documentary performer: "Pretty Woman" / writer: "Pretty Woman"
Tu cara me suena2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Joy of the Single2012TV Movie documentary performer: "It's Over" - uncredited / writer: "It's Over" - uncredited
Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 102012TV Movie documentary performer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
RageTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Die große ChanceTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Madea's Witness Protection2012performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Dancing with the Stars2010-2012TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Eastbound & DownTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
La baie d'Alger2012TV Movie performer: "Go, go, go" / writer: "Go, go, go"
Leah2011Short lyrics: "Leah" / music: "Leah" / performer: "Leah"
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs2011TV Movie documentary performer: "Pretty Paper"
50/502011performer: "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
Waga haha no ki2011writer: "She Wears My Ring"
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gent de paraulaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
My Piece of the Pie2011performer: "Oh Pretty woman"
Rock & ChipsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Dokonalý svetTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
20 to 1TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010 writer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010
Alan Wake2010Video Game performer: "In Dreams" / writer: "In Dreams"
EastEndersTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Uma Rosa com Amor2010TV Series performer: "Oh, Pretty Woman" / writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
50 años deTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Guitar Hero: Van Halen2009Video Game writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
House of Boys2009lyrics: "Only the Lonely Know the Way I Feel", "In Dreams" / music: "Only the Lonely Know the Way I Feel", "In Dreams" / performer: "Only the Lonely Know the Way I Feel", "In Dreams", "Crying" / writer: "Crying"
MirandaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
FringeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
The Tonight Show with Conan O'BrienTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
HeroesTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Miss Austria 2009TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Cyprien2009writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
Legends2008TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Other End of the Line2008writer: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
Walking Vengeance2008writer: "Oh Pretty Woman"
W.2008/Iperformer: "Claudette" / writer: "Claudette"
Billy: The Early Years2008performer: "In Dreams" / writer: "In Dreams"
My Name Is EarlTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
60/90TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Banda sonoraTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fastest Guitar Alive1967Johnny

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Now Here2010/Ivery special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The True History of the Traveling Wilburys2007Video documentary shortHimself (as Lefty Wilbury)
Roy Orbison: Live from Australia 19722005VideoHimself
Coming Home: A Rockin' Reunion1989TV MovieHimself
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself
She's Having a Baby1988Himself (uncredited)
Live from Her Majesty's1987TV SeriesHimself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHimself
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll1987DocumentaryHimself - DVD only
Saturday Night Live1987TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Roy Orbison Live in Texas1986VideoHimself
Everyman1985TV Series documentary
Wogan1985TV Series
Blue Suede Shoes1985TV SpecialHimself - Narrator
Just Our Luck1983TV SeriesHimself
Austin City Limits1983TV Series documentaryHimself
SCTV Network1981TV SeriesHimself
The Dukes of Hazzard1981TV SeriesHimself
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself
Roadie1980Himself
The Midnight Special1974-1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
Pink Lady1980TV SeriesHimself
Nashville Remembers Elvis on His Birthday1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Johnny Cash Christmas Special1977TV MovieHimself
Saturday Night at the Mill1977TV SeriesHimself
Roy Sings Orbison1975TV MovieHimself
The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club1974TV SeriesHimself
Sez Les1972TV SeriesHimself
The Golden Shot1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
Stars on Sunday1970-1971TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Johnny Cash Show1969-1970TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Mike and Bernie's Scene1970TV SeriesHimself
Crackerjack!1966-1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The London Palladium Show1966-1967TV SeriesHimself
Where the Action Is1966TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651963-1966TV SeriesHimself
Juke Box Jury1965-1966TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Five O'Clock Club1966TV SeriesHimself
Ready, Steady, Go!1963-1966TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1964-1965TV SeriesHimself - Audience Bow / Singer
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1964-1965TV SeriesHimself - Top Of The Bill / Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1963-1965TV SeriesHimself
Shindig!1964TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Roy Orbison Show1964TV MovieHimself
The Dick Clark Show1960TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV MovieHimself
Strange Inheritance2015TV SeriesHimself
My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind2014TV MovieHimself
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville2013DocumentaryHimself
The Richest Songs in the World2012TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Years of the London Palladium2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Light My Fire2009VideoHimself
30 for 302009TV Series documentaryHimself
20 to 12009TV Series documentaryHimself
Legends2008TV Series documentaryHimself
60/902008TV SeriesHimself
Banda sonora2008TV SeriesHimself
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream2007DocumentaryHimself
U2: Window in the Skies2007Video shortHimself
Duet Impossible2006TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Jeopardy!2006TV SeriesHimself
One for the Money: The Birth of Rock N' Roll2006Video documentaryHimself - Singer / Songwriter
80s2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats2003VideoHimself
Lubbock Lights2003DocumentaryHimself
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle2001TV Short documentaryHimself
Classic Albums: Elvis Presley2001Video documentaryHimself
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock'n'Roll2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Roy Orbison: The Anthology1999Video documentaryHimself
In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Life and Times of Roy Orbison1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Roy Orbison: I Drove All Night1992Video shortRoy Orbison
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 21991TV SpecialHimself
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll1991TV Series documentary
Saturday Night Live1988TV SeriesHimself
The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars1987Video shortHimself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn 29 January 2010. At 1750 N. Vine Street.


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#Fact
1Is mentioned in the song "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen.
2His natural hair color was platinum blond; however, he never liked his hair and began dyeing his hair black in his teens.
3He was a huge fan of the original Star Trek (1966) series and would often play the series' theme at the beginning of his shows.
4Following his death, he was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
5The look of Marvel Comics supervillain and Spider-Man archenemy, Doctor Octopus is said to be based on him.
6He was posthumously awarded a star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee in November 2006.
7He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California on January 29, 2010.
8The steady drum beat signifying confrontation in Roy's recording of "Running Scared" is reminiscent of the arrangement used in Frankie Laine's recording of "High Noon".
9Of Roy's early compositions "Down the Line" was first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis (1957) and The Everly Brothers had a charted hit with "Claudette" (1958) #30 US Pop, #1 UK.
10Recorded the song "Hound Dog Man" (1979) in the memory of Elvis Presley.
11Was one of the Million Dollar singers for little record company Sun Records based in Memphis, Tennessee with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
12Last met Elvis Presley in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1976 in the King's last concert in gambling city. Orbison was in the audience and Presley said on the microphone: "Quite simply, the greatest singer in the world, Roy Orbison.".
13He offered his first big hit song "Only the Lonely" (1960) originally to Elvis Presley, but unfortunately all the material for Presley's next album had already been chosen. Roy later offered the song to The Everly Brothers who had a previous hit with another Roy Orbison composition, "Claudette" (1958). They suggested he record the song himself which he finally did.
14First saw Elvis Presley in concert in 1955. Presley was in his concert and entered in backstage the next year. Orbison kept telling about Elvis' visit to his friends.
15Both he and his friend Elvis Presley suffered a heart attack in their bathrooms. Orbison was hospitalized but died.
16Made only one movie in his career: The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967), which was offered to him after his friend Elvis Presley turned down.
17Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 674-676. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
18Was close friends with Elvis Presley and actor Martin Sheen.
19Ranked #49 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
20Re-recorded many of his classic hits in 1987 to critical and commercial success.
21Won Grammy Awards in 1981, 1987 and posthumously in 1991.
22In 1977, Linda Ronstadt recorded a new version of "Blue Bayou" that became a major success and remained in the country music charts for months. In the early 1980s, Don McLean's recording of "Crying" charted all over the world, reaching No. 1 in the United Kingdom. A duet between Orbison and Emmylou Harris took him to the country music Top 10 and crossed over into the pop charts.
23Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1987), and the American Songwriters Hall of Fame (1989).
24Recorded many of his most famous hits from the 1960s with legendary guitarist Hank Garland.
25He smoked up to 80 cigarettes a day before he underwent triple heart bypass surgery in 1978.
26Longtime neighbors with Johnny Cash in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
27His identification with Wayfarer sunglasses began when he went on tour to England in the early 1960s, and forgot his regular specs. His lenses were prescription, but some fans mistook Orbison for being blind.
28Was known to insist his backup performers give their best at every performance. Reportedly, one night while touring in Florida he dismissed his regular band (called the Candy Men, after an early hit), then invited the opening group, the Webs, to join him on tour, adopting the Candy Men name. One member of the Webs was singer/songwriter Bobby Goldsboro.
29David Lynch frequently uses his songs in his films.
30He was voted the 37th Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
31Children: Roy Dewayne Orbison (1958 - September 15, 1968), Anthony King Orbison (1962 - September 15, 1968) and Wesley Orbison (born 1965) by first wife Claudette. Roy Kelton Orbison Jr. (born October 18, 1970) and Alex Orbison (born 1975) by second wife Barbara.
32Teamed up with Bob Dylan, Beatle George Harrison, Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra and Tom Petty in the group The Travelling Wilburys.
33Near the end of his life, he became friends with k.d. lang after they recorded his hit single "Crying" (1961) as a duet.
34Attended the University of North Texas and Odessa College.
35Toured the United Kingdom three times during 1963 and with Eagles in 1980.
36Scored his first minor hit single with "Ooby Dooby" (1956) and had a No. 1 hit single with "Oh, Pretty Woman" (1964).
37In 1966, his wife, Claudette, died in a motorcycle accident. Two years later, two of his sons were killed in a housefire.
38When Orbison was first in the United Kingdom, he toured with The Beatles.

#Quote
1[After seeing his song "In Dreams" being used in Blue Velvet (1986)] I was mortified because they were talking about the "candy colored clown" in relation to a dope deal... I thought, "What in the world...?". But later, when I was touring, we got the video out and I really got to appreciate what David gave to the song, and what the song gave to the movie - how it achieved this otherworldly quality that added a whole new dimension to "In Dreams".
2Once I started singing, it was sort of a wonder. It was a great feeling, and it didn't hurt anybody, and it made me feel good, and some people even said, "Roy, that's nice.".
3I was frustrated as a singer for a long time, particularly when some friendly rivalry broke out between me and a young guy in Texas named Buddy Holly, who, within a couple of months, had a couple of Number One singles and soon had stardom that reached to the Moon. I tried not to take it too hard, but when "Only the Lonely" happened in 1960, I reckoned it was about time too. I was an avid follower of the charts. I lived by them until "Only the Lonely" - and then I didn't look at them anymore.
4I may be a living legend, but that sure don't help when I've got to change a flat tyre.
5There was a lot of loneliness in West Texas where I grew up. We used to say it was the center of everything, five hundred miles away from anything.
6I thought maybe in 1964 I could have been swamped by The Beatles. But it turned out the other way round and I was voted Number One vocalist in 1965.
7Whether I'm in London, Sydney or Hong Kong, it makes no difference. There is always someone who knows me. I must be one of the most unloneliest people in the world!
8People often ask me how would I like to be remembered and I answer that I would simply like to be remembered.

#Trademark
1Dark emotional ballads
2Often wears black clothes
3Dark sunglasses
4Flawless tenor voice with an unmistakable vibrato

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