Roy Orbison

1936 - 1988

Roy Orbison

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. His music was described by critics as operatic, earning him the nicknames "the Caruso of Rock" and "the Big O". Many of his songs conveyed vulnerability at a time when most male rock-and-roll performers chose to project defiant masculinity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roy Orbison has received more than 8,245,593 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 90th most popular singer.

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  • 5.06

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Among singers, Roy Orbison ranks 90 out of 3,001Before him are France Gall, Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler, Morrissey, Anatoliy Solovianenko, and Harry Belafonte. After him are Domenico Modugno, Celine Dion, Rihanna, Mercedes Sosa, John Lee Hooker, and Bing Crosby.

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Among people born in 1936, Roy Orbison ranks 35Before him are Jim Clark, Harald zur Hausen, Aga Khan IV, Buddy Holly, Georges Perec, and Virna Lisi. After him are Albert Finney, Tariq Aziz, Margaret Hamilton, Gerhard Ertl, Uwe Seeler, and Benedict Anderson. Among people deceased in 1988, Roy Orbison ranks 12Before him are Chet Baker, Ernst Ruska, Robert A. Heinlein, Nikolaas Tinbergen, Isidor Isaac Rabi, and Kurt Georg Kiesinger. After him are Kim Philby, Chiang Ching-kuo, Felix Wankel, Raymond Carver, Virginia Satir, and Valerie Solanas.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Roy Orbison ranks 583 out of 12,171Before him are Steven Tyler (1948), Harper Lee (1926), Rachel Carson (1907), Demi Moore (1962), Harry Belafonte (1927), and Ellen Burstyn (1932). After him are Harold Lasswell (1902), Henry Mancini (1924), Martin Lewis Perl (1927), Chester A. Arthur (1829), Thomas Wolfe (1900), and Ruth Benedict (1887).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Roy Orbison ranks 35Before him are The Notorious B.I.G. (1972), Jon Bon Jovi (1962), Prince (1958), Gwen Stefani (1969), Steven Tyler (1948), and Harry Belafonte (1927). After him are John Lee Hooker (1917), Bing Crosby (1903), Dolly Parton (1946), Donna Summer (1948), Nancy Sinatra (1940), and Diana Ross (1944).