Orbison becomes a Hollywood Star
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
– Roy Orbison will receive his Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Jan. 29.
Orbison was one of the first rock and roll stars and was an international household name by the time he was 21. He worked in rock-a-billy, rock and roll, pop and country. He brought rock and roll to Nashville, and these sounds were captured on vinyl and taken to England where they in turn inspired the British Invasion.
On Dec. 6, 1988, Orbison died of a heart attack. That year alone he topped the charts both as a Traveling Wilbury (including bandmates Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty) and as a solo artist, with his hit You Got It, off his posthumously released "Mystery Girl." Both of these releases won him two Grammys that year, and then he won another the following year - for Best Male Vocalist. He attained the rare acclaim of being the only artist (other than Elvis) to have two simultaneous posthumously-charting top five albums with "Mystery Girl" and "The Traveling Wilburys."
"And now the journey continues," said Barbara Orbison, his widow, "with Roy Orbison's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame."
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