Roy Orbison

1936 - 1988

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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 Orbison's 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 10,436,973 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Roy Orbison is the 100th most popular singer (down from 91st in 2019), the 639th most popular biography from United States (down from 583rd in 2019) and the 42nd most popular American Singer.

Roy Orbison is most famous for his distinctive voice and his successful career as a rock and roll singer.

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Among singers, Roy Orbison ranks 100 out of 3,541Before him are Mercedes Sosa, Morrissey, France Gall, Yma Sumac, Mirella Freni, and Donna Summer. After him are Rihanna, Robin Gibb, John Lee Hooker, Alla Pugacheva, Françoise Hardy, and Harry Belafonte.

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Among people born in 1936, Roy Orbison ranks 36Before him are Harald zur Hausen, Albert Finney, Jim Clark, Burt Reynolds, Zubin Mehta, and Buddy Holly. After him are Margaret Hamilton, Virna Lisi, Tariq Aziz, Benedict Anderson, Steve Reich, and Don Cherry. Among people deceased in 1988, Roy Orbison ranks 12Before him are Ernst Ruska, Chet Baker, Nikolaas Tinbergen, Robert A. Heinlein, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, and Isidor Isaac Rabi. After him are Chiang Ching-kuo, Raymond Carver, Felix Wankel, Virginia Satir, Luis Barragán, and Juan Pujol García.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Roy Orbison ranks 639 out of 15,968Before him are Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Alan Arkin (1934), Donna Summer (1948), Frances Farmer (1913), Buddy Holly (1936), and Ali MacGraw (1939). After him are Francis Gary Powers (1929), Charles Taze Russell (1852), Benjamin Thompson (1753), Robert Mitchum (1917), Samuel Barber (1910), and Patricia Highsmith (1921).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Roy Orbison ranks 42Before him are Prince (1958), Dolly Parton (1946), Gwen Stefani (1969), Kenny Rogers (1938), Diana Ross (1944), and Donna Summer (1948). After him are John Lee Hooker (1917), Harry Belafonte (1927), Gloria Gaynor (1947), Kris Kristofferson (1936), Jon Bon Jovi (1962), and Billy Joel (1949).

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