Rolling Stone: Roy Orbison’s Son Details Sprawling ‘MGM Years’ Package

“It was really amazing to me to see how hard he was working,” says Alex Orbison

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Roy Orbison’s newly released ‘The MGM Years 1965-1973’ covers one of his most prolific periods. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In the fall of 1964 Roy Orbison was at the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with “Pretty Woman,” a gem of a hit punctuated by a seductive growl that rivaled Tony the Tiger and the MGM lion. In addition to that multi-million-seller, Orbison recorded a series of smashes for Monument Records (his first major deal was with Sun Records), from “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)” and “Running Scared” to the oft-covered “Crying” and many others. After the success of “Pretty Woman,” he secured a lucrative deal with (perhaps a bit ironically) MGM Records. Rather than the roaring success they should have been, however, Orbison’s MGM years were fraught with disappointment and tragedy.

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