Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter known for his distinctive, impassioned voice, complex song structures, and dark emotional ballads. The combination led many critics to describe his music as operatic, nicknaming him "the Caruso of Rock" and "the Big O". While most male rock-and-roll performers in the 1950s and 1960s projected a defiant masculinity, many of Orbison's songs instead conveyed vulnerability. His voice ranged from baritone to tenor, and music scholars have suggested that he had a three- or four-octave range. During performances, he was known for standing still and solitary, and for wearing black clothes, to match his dyed jet black hair and dark sunglasses, which lent an air of mystery to his persona.
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Roy Orbison is the latest musician to be immortalised by the technology ahead of a UK tour this springA hologram of Roy Orbison Roy Orbison, dressed in a grey suit, black shirt and black shades, looks around at the orchestra behind him, making…
via NME at February 1, 2018
Welcome to 2018. The threshold of death is now meaningless. Following in the wake of Holo-Tupac, Holo-Eazy, Holo-Frank, and Holo-Dio, a new hologram will bring a famous performer back from the dead. The estate of Roy Orbison has authorized a tour…
via Punk News at January 31, 2018
via Rolling Stone at January 31, 2018
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