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Roy Orbison

Born: 1936-04-23 - Died: 1988-12-06
Cause of Death:
Heart Attack


Death Summary: Orbison collapsed and died from a heart attack after shopping for model airplane parts and flying the planes in Tennessee. He had complained about chest pains and went to the bathroom just before he collapsed.

He was buried in an unmarked grave in Los Angeles at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. His last album was released after he died, and spawned the hit "You Got It".

Who was Roy Orbison : Roy Kelton Orbison was a singer/songwriter and guitarist. Some of his most popular songs include: "Only the Lonely", "Ooby Dooby", "In Dreams", "Oh, Pretty Woman", and "You Got It".

He was considered a pioneer of rock and roll music, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In '89 after his death, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well.
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48 Signatures in Roy Orbison's guestbook

  1. Cary Says:

    Roy Orbison was an amazing and pioneering musician, and he is sorely missed. His influence continues though, and I think he was a natural pick for the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Has anyone seen his display there? I work for Positively Cleveland, and we’re getting the word out about the Rock Hall. I highly encourage all music fans to check it out. You can start on our website: http://www.positivelycleveland.com/visiting/things_to_do/cleveland_rocks/rock_hall. There are a lot of awesome upcoming events so it’s totally worth looking into!

    Hope I haven’t overstepped my bounds by leaving this comment; just working to let people know about what Cleveland has to offer! If you have any questions or concerns feel free to Email me :)

    Cary A. Andrews
    Positively Cleveland
    cary.a.andrews@gmail.com

  2. Dave wood Says:

    Thanks for the musical memories

  3. Ashley Says:

    Thank you for all your songs. My husband had pretty woman played when i walked down the isle. My dad started singing and I was crying. Even thou I was only 8 when you passed you have been on my playlist ever since.

  4. DOYEL W. FARRAR Says:

    ‘ love roys music’

  5. julie wilkes Says:

    i miss you so much my you rest in peace now xxx

  6. Blu Belle Says:

    To: Roy
    I have loved your music and singing style since I was a teenager. We have been blessed with your talent for many years. You and “The King” (Elvis) have always been at the top of my “Hit List”. I am sorry we have been deprived of your (future) songs since you passed. You are sorely missed on the music scene…Blu

  7. FAN4EVER Says:

    To Roy & Family, I followed Roy’s career starting as a teenager being only a few years younger than Roy. I got to meet Roy in between concerts in Cinti, Oh. in 1976 and attended his last concert in Cinti, Oh. on Aug. 1988, shortly before his death. All the great things said about him are true and his talent and music speak for themselves. He as a person and his work are greatly missed today. God Bless. TLC Cinti,Oh.

  8. JAMES MCELHINNY Says:

    MY WIFE AND I FELL IN LOVE (1962) LISTENING TO YOUR MUSIC.WE STILL PLAY YOUR CD’S TODAY,48 YEARS LATER.

  9. joy scher Says:

    The most beautiful voice I have ever heard
    May you rest in loving peace
    Joy

  10. Brenda Grimsley Says:

    he will be missed great singer nice man

  11. Brenda Grimsley Says:

    R.I.P GOD BLESS U ROY WE WILL MISS u GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY

  12. Brenda Grimsley Says:

    Had Such A Beautiful Voice

  13. SARAH Says:

    ROY YOU WERE THE BEST YOUR MEMORY LIVES ON WITH YOUR MUSIC REST IN PEACE

  14. Edward A. Phinney Says:

    I have followed your singing voice untill God took you home where I am sure you and Elvis both sing yet today, I have sung your songs all of my life, and will continue to do so untill I am called to sing for God also. What a very sad day when you passed, I will love that beautiful voice forever and hope that one day I will be able to hear you singing in heaven, with the Angels. May you rest in peace now, you still have many fans that love and miss you and that hevenly voice.

  15. felipe castelwhite Says:

    was one of the most successful singers of all time personally very pretty woman I love is a song with a very nice letter to devote even though he will always be with us

  16. victoria murphy Says:

    RIP X

  17. maggie Says:

    You had a great voice,and a lot of sadness RIP

  18. chris smith Says:

    A TRUE PIONEER OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, FANTASTIC SONG WRITER WITH A VOICE THAT WILL NEVER BE MATCHED, WHO OVERCAME PERSONAL TRADEGY WHERE MANY WOULD HAVE CALLED IT A DAY,A LEDGENDARY GENTLEMAN SORELY MISSED

  19. Daniel Johnston Says:

    God has given me the gift to sing very much like him. I thank God everyday for that gift. Roy Orbison was one of the most talented singer/songwriters in the US. We were blessed to be able to enjoy his gift of song. I hope he never forgotten. I’ll do my best to keep his music and memory alive. Sincerely, Danny Jay

  20. Dorothy Inman Says:

    ROY ORBISON HAD SUCH A BEAUTIFUL VOICE, HIS MUSIC TOUCHES MY HEART, I DATED HIS BROTHER FOR FIVE YEARS, SAMMY AND NOW HE IS GONE HE PASSED AWAY SEP 8,2010, THAT HAS TO BE A VERY SWEET FAMILY, SAMMY WAS THE LOVE MY LIFE, LOVE ALL OF YOU.

  21. Derek Quinto Says:

    I saw Roy live in Hobart, Australia in 1964, at which time he was still in his 20′s. He was on the same ticket as The Safari’s and The Beach Boy’s(!) and some others. I have been a fan pretty much all my life.

  22. alecsandru cristian Says:

    voice the best amazing
    romania

  23. jim macneill Says:

    Jim B MacNeill

  24. jim macneill Says:

    I always enjoyed Roy Orbinson’s songs. There was no one like him.

  25. Barry Litchfield Says:

    I have all of Roys songs all on one cd. Love his songs. Sadly missed.
    Australia

  26. Melvin Kays(Buckeyemel) Says:

    Melvin Kays (Buckeyemel) DJ Night Owl from wdvrfm.org

  27. Melvin Kays(Buckeyemel) Says:

    Miss You DJ NightOwl wdvrfm.org

  28. Jim Ivory Says:

    You were the coolest of the cool, Roy. “You got it.”

  29. Mary Jo Morgan Says:

    I remember his songs as a child. Still listening and dancing with my kids. Love it… love it love it… It’s so sweet to see my kids dance and get into great music. We miss it.

  30. Donna Says:

    watching you right now on WFYI. Indpls. It was 1784, 4 yrs. before your passing….you were and still are the best…miss you!!

  31. Donna Says:

    I meant 1984, sorry!

  32. susan underwood Says:

    Cary this is a wonderful idea, Roy is sorely missed, and he was the best of the best! Pretty women was my husband Jim’s favorite song, he sang it to me often and sang along with Roy. Both are gone now, and I miss them both.

  33. Benjamin Travis Says:

    Roy when asked, how he would like to be remembered he answered ” i just want to be remembered” & if i touched or changed anyone’s life he said he would be happy! Roy you enriched my life, Thank you! God Bless you.

  34. Madeline ST.Amant Says:

    A true artist

  35. carol Says:

    roy’s music will alast forever. great music and talent goes on forever.his voice and music will
    see us all thur til we are gone

  36. Ms. Josie Parent Says:

    I was born 6/3/1939. I loved Roy Orbison when I heard his 1st song and continued to love him until today 9/24/2011. I heard his song a while ago and have been cying for a couple of hours. If only I could have belonged to him. When I was a teenager I used to cry so hard when I hear that song…that I considered many times …suicide was the only way out of this world without pain.

  37. keith stirrup Says:

    just watched a recording of one of his shows in melbourne australia in 1973 brilliant

  38. kathy forrest Says:

    I love his music so so much! He was one of the greats with a voice from heaven. It’s hard to find a book about his life, but will keep looking!

  39. george warheit Says:

    roy was the best

  40. pat danna Says:

    the greatest voice i have ever heard

  41. Keith waldron Says:

    He was addictive to listen to.I watch his black and white night all the time hooked to a 500 watt suround sound there will never be another singer song writer like him the closest I have ever seen is john lennon may they both rip

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  43. allan maskill Says:

    most amazing singer the best of all time outstaning voice

  44. "Pappy" Hays Durham Says:

    …. a toast to “The Voice” … makes me grateful to have been there with you…thanks.

  45. "Pappy" Hays Durham Says:

    To “The Voice”…thanks for the memories.

  46. Olwen & Barbra Says:

    One great artist from uk Birkenhead merseyside we enjoyed many good night listening/ danceing to Roys music

  47. Ron Hamilton Says:

    Hi,i have been a fan of Roy since 1964 and i know that he was a subject of electronic mind control torture by the C.I.A hence his last song about them,communication breakdown. Regards Ron.

  48. eileen Says:

    As teenagers we fell in love listening to Roy’s music…..he is surely missed, but I still listen to his music like yesterday…


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