The talent of Roy Orbison

@FayeHazel (10665)
United States
October 20, 2017 11:25am CST
How... in my history of listening to music, did the sheer talent of Roy Orbison escape my knowledge? So I've grown up listening to his songs, which I've liked. It's hard to not know of Roy Orbison, with hits from the early days of rock such as "Pretty Woman", "Only the Lonely", "Blue Bayou", "In Dreams", "Sweet Dreams Baby", "Blue Angel" .... (I could go on...) and more recent hits such as "Drove All Night" and "You Got It". Not only did he sing these songs - he wrote many of them. So I always liked his music, but never really, *really* listened to him until recently. My jaw drops in astonishment. What a voice this man had. His "lows" (low notes) were silken, rich and full. And his amazing highs never seemed thin or weak, he didn't seem like he had to scream to get to those (amazing) highs. Wonderful control of tone. Modern music scholars have suggested that he may have had as much as a 4 octave range. (For example a lot of trained opera singers have around 2 octaves range) - Orbison possessed no formal training. Elvis apparently once said that Orbison was the greatest vocalist he'd heard. I agree. Orbison's voice sends chills down my spine. In spite of such high praise - in interviews I've watched - it seemed that Orbison remained a kind, gentle and ... humble... soul. Apparently he suffered from extreme shyness. Even though he's been gone about 30 years it is a pity, humble celebrities are so refreshing and who knows what he would have went on to sing or write. Thank you for the music and for sharing your "blessing", Roy. Roy was a Christian and remained thankful for the voice he had been gifted with. Here's a link to a fun interview where Roy describes his song writing process. (Breaks into singing several times) :
Roy tells about how he wrote his songs.
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@bluesa (11759)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
20 Oct
Loved his songs, they were always nice to sing along to, though I can't sing... (humming "Only The Lonely" right now) and his voice was amazing, a lovely timbre to it. May he Rest In Peace.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
His voice just blows me away... powerful high notes... Roy once was talking about Falsetto as being the "weak part in your voice that is really high" - couldn't tell it was weak... even his high notes sounded powerful ... humming counts ! :-) I love "Only the Lonely" great song :-)
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• United Kingdom
22 Oct
I am more if a la la man
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
23 Oct
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@Corbin5 (78261)
• United States
20 Oct
I have always enjoyed his songs. My favorite is "Pretty Woman."
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@TRBRocks420 (60587)
• Banks, Oregon
21 Oct
Me too my friend.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
It sounded great as early rock (Roy's) and the Van Halen cover worked as a hard-rocker too.... :-)
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@JohnRoberts (38511)
• Los Angeles, California
20 Oct
Mercy!
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
Indeed!
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@1hopefulman (19508)
• Canada
20 Oct
I've always enjoyed his songs. He had so many great ones. I like this fun song.
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@buenavida (7599)
• Sweden
21 Oct
Great singer!
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
@buenavida Amazing.... otherwordly
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
I'd never heard "Penny Arcade" -- more and more great hits. Thanks for sharing
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@teamfreak16 (34958)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Oct
When I lived in Denver, my then-girlfriend did Karaoke. Every Weds night, a guy would get up there, absolutely nail a Roy Orbison song, and leave. It was awesome.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
Oh cool! I like watching karaoke - it's fun to see who sings what songs, hear different voices. Wow! That guy must have been incredible....
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@teamfreak16 (34958)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Oct
@FayeHazel - He sounded very much like Roy.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
@teamfreak16 Wow... that is a steep feat right there. I hope he went on to sing more. Did/do you sing at karaoke?
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@DianneN (57246)
• United States
20 Oct
I just watched it! What a sweet and gentle man!
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
I loved that interview ... he sounded cool even just talking. So humble... sweet... breaks my heart really that he passed (even though he's been gone so long) - a down to earth celebrity with talent.... much needed attitude in today's celebrities....
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@DianneN (57246)
• United States
22 Oct
@FayeHazel I know! I feel the same. What a shame.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
@DianneN A waste for sure... I am happy a re-discovered him. I wonder if his attitude being so soft and wonderful -- maybe affected his sound. Like if he'd been arrogant - maybe people could have heard it?
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@Orson_Kart (4020)
• United Kingdom
20 Oct
Yeah, he is one of my all time favourite singers. Vocally I have him on a par with Andy Williams. Don't think we brits have any male to match those two. The Big O was also part of The Traveling Wilburys who weren't quite the Supergroup I hoped they'd be. Too late in their careers I suppose. Loved End of the Line and it was for Roy, sadly.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
I had to look up Andy Williams - "Moon River" and "Love Story".... you're right, he is amazing too. "Traveling Wilburys" - what a collection of stars! You're right - I would have thought that would have went over better. Maybe if Roy would have not passed.... I know he's been gone a long time, but it's still depressing to me - what songs would he have gone on to do....? I guess we will never know. The music video for "End of the Line" features a touching tribute for Orbison... (his framed photo and a guitar in a rocking chair) But you brits did give us Mick Jagger, The Beatles and Adele :-)
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• United Kingdom
22 Oct
@FayeHazel I am shocked you hadn't heard of Andy Williams! Yes, we have many talented singer/songwriters, but none with a voice like Roy had.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
23 Oct
@Orson_Kart I know, right? Thanks for the introduction to Andy Williams. :-) True that... Orbison was unique. I think we only get one of those types of voices per lifetime....
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@TRBRocks420 (60587)
• Banks, Oregon
21 Oct
He is a very talented singer no doubt.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
No-one quite like him, though one of the sons (Wesley K. Orbison) has similarities which is cool :-)
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@TRBRocks420 (60587)
• Banks, Oregon
22 Oct
@FayeHazel I will have to look his son up.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
23 Oct
@TRBRocks420 He's hard to find, but I found some of his songs on YouTube -- pretty good. Actually looks a bit like him, too. (Minus the addiction to sunglasses)
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@FourWalls (9420)
• United States
20 Oct
And as I mentioned when I used "Blue Bayou" a couple of weeks ago, I don't think Roy Orbison got, gets, or ever shall receive, enough credit as a songwriter. Mercy, indeed!
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
Oh so truth there -- his singing alone is impressive but then, considering that he wrote/co-wrote most of his hits. You're right. Not enough credit. Love that expression.. "Mercy!"
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@FourWalls (9420)
• United States
22 Oct
@FayeHazel — especially the way he said it in “Pretty Woman.”
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
@FourWalls Oh yeah! I wonder if that's a southern expression... and how he did that growl... meow.... wow. :-)
@kepweng (5704)
23 Oct
such a good song and he looks like johnh lennon with glasses?
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
23 Oct
Good point - another person who loved his sunglasses was Lennon and to lesser extent Bono from U2 :-)
@nanette64 (13015)
• Fairfield, Texas
21 Oct
I always thought Roy and Elvis had similar voices @FayeHazel . I do love Roy's singing.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
True - Elvis was similar. I guess the 2 admired each other a great deal - and were friends. :-)
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@Chantiele (439)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
21 Oct
I grew up with his music playing in our house, among other artists like CCR etc. I would have to say that Pretty Woman is my favorite.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
Music from the young days of rock - I am rediscovering it now. It's so amazing. "Pretty Woman" is a great tune - a hit for Van Halen years later
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@KrauseHome (33218)
• United States
21 Oct
I have always Loved his music, and his amazing talent. His songs are awesome and worth listening too
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
Songs with true soul, feeling, and that amazingly .. amazing.... voice... it gives my goosebumps, goosebumps
@DianneN (57246)
• United States
20 Oct
I have goosebumps just thinking of some of his songs. I always loved, "Only the Lonely" and am amazed he's been gone so long. His music will certainly live on. Now to look at the video.
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
He sang with such emotion and abandon... so true.... his music sends chills down my spine. I guess at one point in time he'd been asked how he wanted to be remembered, to which he simply replied - that he wanted to be remembered.... he most certainly will be....
@buenavida (7599)
• Sweden
20 Oct
His voice is so pleasant to hear.. he had a great gift for sure..
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@FayeHazel (10665)
• United States
22 Oct
So true, amazing he remained humble about that
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