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2014

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Great Eight: Raul Malo Shares His Favorite Vocalists

August 14, 2014

Listening to Raul Malo sing transcends the aural experience. The leader of the Mavericks and a genre-bending solo artist, Malo possesses a voice that vibrates through a listener's entire core — to say nothing of what it does on an emotional...

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Watch Unseen Roy Orbison Footage

May 19, 2014

Tomorrow, Legacy recordings will release an expanded version of Roy Orbison's posthumous Mystery Girl, an LP originally released in February 1989, two months after the singer's death. Today, we're premiering the music video that accompanies the most significant...

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New Roy Orbison Song Recorded With Sons Set for Release

March 20, 2014

Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl was first released in February of 1989, two months after the artists's death, but will soon be reissued with unreleased demos and new song "The Way Is Love." Produced by John Carter Cash, the new song was built around...

2013

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Jack White Reissuing Classic Sun Singles

December 5, 2013

Jack White's Third Man Records label will be reissuing singles by Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and D.A. Hunt, as part of a partnership it has with Sun Records. As with a previous series of re-releases that featured 45s by Johnny Cash, Rufus Thomas and...

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Premiere: Roy Orbison, 'Blue Bayou' Live

November 21, 2013

This version of "Blue Bayou," taken from a 1986 show in Texas, starts with Roy Orbison effortlessly playing dreamy guitar lines before that voice makes its entrance. Orbison's smooth tenor-baritone is as strong as ever, and then, when he reaches...

2012

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Songwriter Bill Dees Dead at 73

November 1, 2012

Bill Dees, the songwriter who penned "Oh, Pretty Woman" with Roy Orbison, has died in Mountain Home, Arkansas, Reuters reports. He was 73. Dees co-wrote nearly 70 songs with Orbison, and also wrote songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Glen...

2011

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Roy Orbison Singer performs gorgeous 'Only the Lonely' in 1965

April 21, 2011

Legacy Recordings is celebrating the 75th birthday of the late Roy Orbison with The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64). This new CD/DVD set – in stores now – features the original mono mixes of the rock balladeer's early singles, along...

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Exclusive Stream: Chris Isaak's Barn-Burner 'Miss Pearl'

September 1, 2011

Click to listen to Chris Isaak's 'Miss Pearl' Before he became a throwback rock star, Chris Isaak fought as an amateur boxer while attending college in Japan. Homesick, he wandered into a record shop and found a reprint of Elvis Presley's "Sun Sessions."...

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Tom Petty Talks Fave Music and Sirius XM Radio Show

April 18, 2011

Tom Petty is between albums in 2011, but that hasn't kept the rocker away from his usual musical obsessions. It's what fuels his weekly radio show on Sirius XM, Tom Petty's Buried Treasure (now in its sixth year), and its playlist of classic rock and...

2010

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Back to Mono: Dylan, Doors Reissues Unearth Classic Sound

September 30, 2010

On a new nine-CD box set, fans will finally hear Bob Dylan's early music the way Dylan intended it to be heard. The Original Mono Recordings, out next month, includes the mono versions of his first eight albums, from 1962's Bob Dylan through 1968's John...

2008

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DJ Bob Dylan Returns to Airwaves

October 16, 2008

If you separated the front from the back of a dollar bill, only the front would be considered legal tender. Another fact: A million bucks in hundred-dollar bills weigh a tidy 20.4 pounds. Such are the things you might learn in the third season of Bob...

Album Review

The Soul of Rock and Roll

October 2, 2008

Roy Orbison was a superhero of song. Unassuming in appearance, he became someone extraordinary when his weeping tenor took flight, rising from deep, dark places on anguished ballads like "Only the Lonely" and "Crying." Orbison rebuilt the stark balladry...

2007

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Johnny Cash Christmas Specials Released on DVD

November 13, 2007

Today The Johnny Cash Christmas Special from 1976 and '77 hit stores on DVD via Shout! Factory, marking the first time in thirty years the two shows will be readily available. The '77 program, which was taped at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry, features...

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Traveling Wilburys to Reissue Two Albums

April 19, 2007

The Traveling Wilburys, the supergroup starring George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and ex-ELO frontman Jeff Lynne, will finally reissue their two long-out-of-print CDs on June 12th with a twenty-four-minute studio documentary and various...

Album Review

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 – Reissue

June 13, 2007

Two of the original five Wilburys have moseyed on, mortality-wise: George Harrison and Roy Orbison. But what really sounds boneyard-bound on these reissues is Jeff Lynne's production. In the late 1980s, he produced every other record on rock radio (i.e.,...

1997

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Diddley, Orbison, Others Honored With Grammys

December 19, 1997

Bo Diddley, Paul Robeson, the Mills Brothers and Roy Orbison are the recipients of the 1997-98 Lifetime Achievement Awards from NARAS, the recording academy. In addition, Motown pioneers Holland-Dozier-Holland and BMI president/CEO Frances Preston receive...

1989

Album Review

Mystery Girl

March 23, 1989

The late Roy Orbison's first album of all-new material in ten years, Mystery Girl cloaks the epic sweep and grandeur of his classic sound in meticulous, modern production — the album encapsulates everything that made Orbison great, and for that...

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Roy Orbison's Triumphs and Tragedies

January 26, 1989

The moment came early in every concert Roy Orbison gave for the last two decades of his life; in a way, it was as electric a moment as the instant Elvis Presley stepped onto a concert stage and found himself blinded by the glare of a thousand Instamatic...

1988

Album Review

Traveling Wilburys Volume One

October 18, 1988

This is the best record of its kind ever made. Then again, it's also the only record of its kind ever made. A low-key masterpiece, Volume One marks the auspicious debut of the Traveling Wilburys – Lucky Wilbury (a.k.a. Bob Dylan), Nelson Wilbury...

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