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He Was A Mystery To Me

One of rock musics most private stars, Roy Orbison, died on the 6th of December 1988.


Born in Texas, Roy was given a guitar by his father when he was just six.

In high school he formed his first band Wink Westerners.

In 1956 Roy approached Sam Phillips at Sun Records wanting to record the song Ooby Dooby.

The song reached number 59 on the charts and sold 200,000 copies.

In 1960 Roy had his first major hit when Only The Lonely reached Number 2.

His further hits in the 60's included Oh, Pretty Woman, In Dreams, Crying and Dream Baby.

Roy struggled for hits in the 70's and it appeared his music career had come to an end.

The Big O had a resurgence in the 80's which started when director David Lynch used his song In Dreams in the movie Blue Velvet.

In 87 he re-recorded some of his hits for the album In Dreams: The Greatest Hits and in 88 he teamed with George Harrison, ELO's Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan to form the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.

His solo song You Got It and album Mystery Girl were hits after his untimely death aged just 52.