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Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison

Originally a Sun Records rockabilly artist, Roy Orbison went on to become one of the most distinctive singers in popular music. In his first peak period (1961-64), Orbison vacillated between snarling blues rock and his mainstay, the romantic/paranoiac ballad with crescendo-ing falsetto and strings. With his twanging guitar and quavering bel canto tenor, Orbison scored a number of hits, including "Only the Lonely," "Running Scared," "Crying," "Dream Baby," and "Oh, Pretty Woman."

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