The Authorized Roy Orbison Biography
:For the first time, legendary performer Roy Orbison's story as one of the most beloved rock legends will be revealed through family accounts and records. Roy Orbison is a rock and roll icon almost without peer....
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:For the first time, legendary performer Roy Orbison's story as one of the most beloved rock legends will be revealed through family accounts and records.
Roy Orbison is a rock and roll icon almost without peer. He came of age as an artist on the venerable Sun Records label; toured with The Beatles; had massive hits in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s; invented the black-clad, sunglasses-wearing image of the rock star; and reinvented the art of songwriting many times over. He is a member of the Rock & Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, a recipient of the Musicians Hall of Fame's inaugural Iconic Riff Award, and the winner of multiple GRAMMY® awards. He is known the world over for hits like "Blue Bayou," "You Got It," and "Oh, Pretty Woman" and was a member of the band that inspired the term "supergroup"-the Traveling Wilburys, with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty. Despite these and countless other accolades, the story of Roy Orbison's life is virtually unknown to his millions of fans around the world. Now, for the first time ever, the Orbison Estate, headed by Roy's sons, Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex Orbison, has set out to set the record straight.
The Authorized Roy Orbison tells the epic tale of a West Texas boy, drawn to the guitar at age six, whose monumental global career successes were matched at nearly every turn by extraordinary personal tragedies, including the loss of his first wife in a motorcycle accident and his two oldest sons in a fire. It's a story of the intense highs and severe lows that make up the mountain range of Roy Orbison's career; one that touched four decades and ended abruptly at perhaps its highest peak, when he passed away at the age of fifty-two on December 6, 1988.
Filled with hundreds of photographs, many never before seen, gathered from across the globe and uncovered from deep within the Orbison Vault, The Authorized Roy Orbison shows Roy Orbison as a young child and follows him all the way through to the peak of his stardom and up to his tragic end. Wesley, Roy Jr., and Alex Orbison-Roy's Boys-have left no stone unturned in order to illustrate the people, places, things, and events that forged their father, the man behind those famous sunglasses.
WESLEY, ROY JR., and ALEX are Roy Orbison's three sons. The trio works tirelessly to protect and extend the legacy of their father. Wesley, the eldest, is a seasoned songwriter and guitar player. His song "The Only One" (co-written with Craig Wiseman) appears on Roy Orbison's multi-platinum album Mystery Girl. Roy Jr. is a singer and guitar player and works out of his own professional recording studio called Pretty Woman Studio. Roy Jr. enjoys spending time with his beautiful bride and their son, Roy Orbison III. Alex, a drummer by trade, began his career in music publishing at the age of 17. As co-president of Still Working Music (with his brother Roy), Alex has overseen several top ten songs and number one hits. All three brothers reside in Nashville.
JEFF SLATE, a music journalist who regularly contributes to Esquire, Rolling Stone and other publications, where his feature stories on Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Jimmy Page, Roger Waters and other major rock and roll figures draw tens of thousands of regular readers.