Radio Marks West Texan’s Music With Songs On His 75th Birthday

Tomorrow radio stations across the state will commemorate what would have been the 75th birthday of Roy Orbison by playing songs made famous by the late West Texas singer. Orbison was born on April 23rd 1936 at Vernon, Texas, but grew up at Wink near Odessa where he began playing rockabilly music with a group called The Teen Kings. Lubbock area residents old enough to remember may recall Orbison appearing at the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium in late 1956 before he began putting out a string of national hits. He was friends with Buddy Holly. Orbison’s hits included Only the Lonely, Crying and perhaps best known of all, Pretty Woman. In 1988 Orbison joined a group of superstars including Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne to form The Traveling Wilburys. He died later that year just as he was gaining new popularity.

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