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Flashback: See Glen Campbell's Stirring Roy Orbison Cover

April 22, 2016

On April 22nd, 1936, the tiny Billstown community near Delight, Arkansas, was the birthplace of a man who would become one of the most successful pop and country musicians of all time. Just one day later, 332 miles from Billstown as the crow flies, the...


Roy Orbison's Son Details Sprawling 'MGM Years' Package

December 9, 2015

In the fall of 1964 Roy Orbison was at the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with "Pretty Woman," a gem of a hit punctuated by a seductive growl that rivaled Tony the Tiger and the MGM lion. In addition to that multi-million-seller, Orbison...


See Danzig Tell Elvis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison Stories

July 1, 2015

Glenn Danzig has always worn his affinity for Elvis Presley like a badge. He covered the King's "Trouble" on his eponymous band's Thrall-Demonsweatlive EP in 1993. Most recently, he filmed a Danzig Legacy concert video that stylistically recalled Presley's...


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...


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."...


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...


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...


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...


Memphis Magic: The Al Green Sound

October 25, 1973

Among the first of the innumerable roadside billboards which greet visitors arriving in Memphis, Tennessee, is one which proclaims a hearty Welcome to Memphis – Home of the Memphis Sound. The air is heavy, warm; the hickory smoke of a hundred...


See Sturgill Simpson Cover Zeppelin, Break Up Fan Fight

November 2, 2015

"How the fuck can you guys possible be thinking about fighting when we're singing this song?" So began Sturgill Simpson's heated dismissal of two fans who'd begun arguing during his cover of Roy Orbison's "Crying," halfway through his sold-out Halloween...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...