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Roy Orbison is known as the king of the rock ballad and his music deserves to be remembered. Wiley Ray and the Big O Band are performing it live!
Roy is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and an original member of Sam Phillips Sun Records class of l955 recording artists with Elvis Presley Johnny Cash Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Each of those had huge careers while Roy languished until his contract was sold to Monument Records in Nashville. With help from his new producer his career finally took off at a time when Elvis was still in the Army and the Beatles had not yet arrived in the U.S.
Roy was Elvis Presleys favorite singer Only the Lonely was recorded in March 1960 and kicked off Roys career for good. His golden years followed through 1965. When Elvis heard the record he bought 22 copies of Only the Lonely and gave them away to his friends. It was Roys favorite song also.
Perhaps the most dramatic and beautiful of Roys crescendo songs was number 2 on the nations top 40 in l961. This song defines the term rock a billy opera and is arguably the best rock ballad of all time. Crying.
Roy suffered personal tragedies in his life that no one should have to withstand--- the loss of his wife and high school sweetheart Claudette and 2 sons but he never gave up on himself. When Black and White Night was recorded in 1987 he never sounded better. The show became the number one fund raising program on PBS television for 10 years. Roy Orbison Returns is based on this show including Mean Woman Blues.
Wiley Ray and the Big O Band can be visited at www.thebigOband.com or contacted by phone at 805 423 3141 or 805 909 0580.
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