Tuesday 4/19/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Roy Orbison Top 30 Hits

Roy Orbison (April 23, 1936 ā€“ December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter who found the most success in the early rock and roll era from 1956 to 1964. He later enjoyed a resurgence in the late 1980s with chart success as a member of the Traveling Wilburys and with his Mystery Girl album which included the hit single “You Got It”. At the height of his popularity, 22 of Orbison’s songs placed on the US Billboard Top 40 chart, and six peaked in the top five, including two number one hits. In the UK, Orbison scored ten top-10 hits between 1960 and 1966, including three No. 1 singles.

Born and raised in Texas, Orbison got his start in a rockabilly band in high school. According to The Authorized Roy Orbison, Orbison’s first release was in March 1956 on the Je-Wel label. He broke into professional music under Sam Phillips at Sun Records in the summer of 1956, but found only marginal success there. After a couple years writing for other musicians (including “Claudette” recorded by The Everly Brothers), Orbison recorded several songs at Monument Records under producer Fred Foster starting in 1959. With Foster, Orbison and his frequent songwriting partners Joe Melson and Bill Dees tailored many of Orbison’s songs for his unique voice; his most popular songs were dramatic ballads ending with emotional crescendos that showcased his powerful vocals. After his biggest hit in 1964, “Oh, Pretty Woman”, Orbison continued to record and chart intermittently in the UK, but it was not until 1987 that he again found the level of popular worldwide success he had known in the early 1960s, when his original recording of “In Dreams” was used in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet. The following year, Orbison co-founded the supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. Lynne produced Orbison’s final album Mystery Girl, which was released posthumously in February 1989.

1 – You Got It – 1989
2 – Oh, Pretty Woman – 1964
3 – It’s Over – 1964
4 – Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel) – 1960
5 – In Dreams – 1963
6 – Blue Bayou – 1963
7 – Crying (with k.d. lang) – 1987
8 – She’s a Mystery to Me – 1989
9 – Handle with Care (Traveling Wilburys) – 1988
10 – Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) – 1962
11 – Goodnight – 1965
12 – End of the Line – 1989
13 – Pretty Paper – 1963
14 – California Blue – 1989
15 – Ride Away – 1965
16 – Twinkle Toes – 1966
17 – Running Scared – 1961
18 – Crying – 1961
19 – Blue Angel – 1960
20 – I Drove All Night – 1992
21 – That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again (with Emmylou Harris) – 1980
22 – I’m Hurtin’ – 1960
23 – Windsurfer – 1989
24 – Candyman – 2017
25 – Ooby Dooby – 1956
26 – Love Hurts – 2017
27 – A Love So Beautiful – 1989
28 – Easy Way Out – 1979
29 – Claudette – 2017
30 – (All I Can Do Is) Dream You – 1989

2017 are remixes with the Royal Philharmonic
2017 Live are taken from Black White Live 30