LA Music Blog: Throw Back Thursday Celebrating Roy Orbison

THROWBACK THURSDAY: CELEBRATING ROY ORBISON

Honoring the timeless musician’s 79th birthday

April 23rd, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: News, Staff Pick
lonely and blue
Roy Orbison was a pioneer of American rock music, but his life was marred by a series of tragic incidents that were reflected in his melancholic musical style and vulnerable, emotionally driven lyrics.
The Texas-born musician rejected the notion that rock should be driven by conventional song structure, backbeat, and macho Presley-esque themes, and instead allowed for his voice and earnest delivery to dictate his legacy as a musician. When he released “Only the Lonely” in 1960, fellow artists and fans finally got on board, acknowledging the timeless nature of the track as well as the contradictory sound — simultaneously graceful and unsettling.

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