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    Wed, 09 Feb 2011 14:56:28

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    • Roy Orbison - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Guitar played and autographed at 1990 'Tribute to Roy Orbison' shown at the press preview 'A Rock & Roll History: Presley To Punk' at Sotheby's on June 20, 2014 in New York City.
    • Roy Orbison - NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 28: The Orbison Boys accept the 'Iconic RIFF Award' in honor of Roy Orbison at the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on January 28, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Roy Orbison - NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 28: Jody Williams, Wesley Orbison, Roy Orbison Jr., Alex Orbison, Corki Casy Odell, Tommy Shannon, Mike Curb, Velma Smith, Neil Young, Heidi Keith, Will Lee, Barbara Mandrell, Billy Cox, Chris Layton, Reese Wynans, Jimmy Capps, Randy Bachman and Joe Chambers attend the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on January 28, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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    Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is celebrating the 75th birthday (April 23, 1936) year of Roy Orbison with the long-awaited release of Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection, a 2 CD/1 DVD set including all the A&B sides recorded by Orbison for the groundbreaking Monument label during an electrifying peak from 1960-1964. Restored to pristine mono mixes for the first time since their original 7" vinyl releases, Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection presents The Big O's core classic catalog the way it's meant to sound.

    Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection, a 2 CD/1 DVD set, will be available everywhere Tuesday, April 5th. Roy Orbison - The Monument A-Sides will also be available on a single CD.

    A small independent record label enjoying modest successes in the late 1950s, Monument Records grew to become a major force in American rock and roll, country, jazz and rhythm & blues, its label identity synonymous with its biggest star, Roy Orbison. Other artists on the Monument label have included Kris Kristofferson, Boots Randolph, Dolly Parton, Ray Stevens, Tony Joe White, Charlie McCoy, Willie Nelson and others.

    The 75th birthday commemorative release of Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection includes the first-ever DVD release of Orbison performing nine songs from "The Monument Concert 1965," including the official video for "Oh Pretty Woman," digitally restored especially for this collection.

    Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection includes liner notes by Roy Orbison Jr. featuring new interviews with Fred Foster, Joe Melson, Bob Moore and others.

    Orbison – along with a short list that included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins – was one of the undisputed originators and architects of rock & roll at Sam Phillips' Sun Records. Orbison cut his first chart hit (it reached #1 on the local charts), "Ooby Dooby," for Sun in 1956, staying with the label for two years before a brief stint at RCA in 1958.

    Roy Orbison signed with the newly emerging independent label Monument Records in mid-1959. While his second single for Monument, "Uptown," became his biggest hit as a performer since "Ooby Dooby," it was Orbison's third single for the label, "Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)," which announced to the world the true artistry of Roy Orbison. The song peaked #2 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, crossed over to #14 on the Billboard Black Singles chart, and rocketed up to #1 on the UK charts.

    He enjoyed an unbroken four-year string of Top 40 Hits – "Crying," "Candy Man," "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)," "Working for the Man," "Leah," "In Dreams," "Pretty Paper," "Blue Bayou," " Mean Woman Blues," "It's Over" – during which Roy Orbison became America's top-selling recording artist and one of the world's most celebrated entertainers.

    Roy Orbison was one of the few established hit-makers from the late 1950s and early 1960s to not only hold his ground, but to actually increase his popularity in the wake of the British Invasion. He maintained his popularity through music which displayed an extraordinary variety of themes, structure, tempo and rhythm and an authentic, emotional connection that transcended mere craft, exemplified in his signature classic, "Oh, Pretty Woman," recorded on August 1st, 1964. Written by Orbison with his new writing partner Bill Dees, "Oh, Pretty Woman" became Roy's biggest hit and is one of the most recognized and popular songs of all time. Released in August 1964 in the US and in September of that year in the UK, the song hit the #1 slot in virtually every country in the world where people had record players, selling some seven million copies that year.

    And this was only the beginning....

    Ahead of Roy were 23 world tours, 12 albums for MGM, his starring role in the 1967 MGM feature film "The Fastest Guitar Alive," the 1988 all-star Cinemax special "Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night," The Traveling Wilburys (with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne), the Class of '55 reunion album (with Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins), television appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and "Austin City Limits," his 1988 Mystery Girl album, the 1992 posthumous collection King of Hearts (Bonus Track) (produced by Jeff Lynne), the posthumous hit singles "You Got It" and "I Drove All Night," not to mention lawsuits, deaths, fires, tragedies, and Grammy awards.

    When Roy Orbison died in 1988, he had two albums in the Billboard Top 5. In 1990, the Pretty Woman soundtrack topped the charts. In 2010, Roy Orbison got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Building alongside John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Garth Brooks.

    ROY ORBISON: THE MONUMENT SINGLES COLLECTION

    Disc One: The A-Sides

    1. Uptown
    2. Only The Lonely
    3. Blue Angel
    4. I'm Hurtin'
    5. Running Scared
    6. Lana
    7. Crying
    8. Let The Good Times Roll
    9. Blue Bayou
    10. Dream Baby
    11. The Crowd
    12. Working For The Man
    13. In Dreams
    14. Falling
    15. It's Over
    16. Oh, Pretty Woman
    17. Goodnight

    Bonus Tracks:

    18. Pretty Paper
    19. (Say) You're My Girl
    20. Paper Boy

    Disc Two: The B-Sides

    1. Pretty One
    2. Here Comes That Song Again
    3. Today's Teardrops
    4. I Can't Stop Loving You
    5. Love Hurts
    6. Summer Song
    7. Candy Man
    8. Mean Woman Blues
    9. The Actress
    10. Mama
    11. Leah
    12. Shahdaroba 13. Distant Drums
    14. Indian Wedding
    15. Yo Te Amo Maria
    16. Only With You

    Bonus Tracks:

    17. Beautiful Dreamer
    18. Sleepy Hollow
    19. With The Bug
    The Monument Concert - DVD

    1. Only the Lonely
    2. Running Scared
    3. Crying
    4. What'd I Say
    5. Dream Baby
    6. Mean Woman Blues
    7. It's Over
    8. Oh, Pretty Woman
    9. Goodnight

    What is your favorite Roy Orbison song?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    02.09.11




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