Roy Orbison's started performing while in high school in a band called the Wink Westerner's.   He got himself a weekly radio show on station KERB.   After he was offered 400.00 to play a show and saw his classmate Pat Boone get signed to a record deal he realized he could make a living playing music.   He then formed another band called The Teen Kings.   After he accidentally left his thick glasses on an airplane he was forced to wear his prescription sunglasses on stage and his image was…

Roy Orbison's started performing while in high school in a band called the Wink Westerner's. He got himself a weekly radio show on station KERB. After he was offered 400.00 to play a show and saw his classmate Pat Boone get signed to a record deal he realized he could make a living playing music. He then formed another band called The Teen Kings. After he accidentally left his thick glasses on an airplane he was forced to wear his prescription sunglasses on stage and his image was…

Roy Kelton Orbison Born	 April 23, 1936 Vernon, Texas, U.S. Died	December 6, 1988 (aged 52) Madison, Tennessee, U.S. Genres	Rock, rockabilly, pop, country Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter Instruments	Guitar, vocals, harmonica/mouth organ Years active	1954–1988 Labels	Sun, Monument, MGM, London, Mercury/PolyGram, Asylum, Virgin/EMI Records Associated acts	Traveling Wilburys, Teen Kings, The Wink Westerners, Class of '55

Roy Kelton Orbison Born April 23, 1936 Vernon, Texas, U.S. Died December 6, 1988 (aged 52) Madison, Tennessee, U.S. Genres Rock, rockabilly, pop, country Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter Instruments Guitar, vocals, harmonica/mouth organ Years active 1954–1988 Labels Sun, Monument, MGM, London, Mercury/PolyGram, Asylum, Virgin/EMI Records Associated acts Traveling Wilburys, Teen Kings, The Wink Westerners, Class of '55

Jazz trumpeter Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong was one of the most innovative and influential music artists of his generation.

Jazz trumpeter Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong was one of the most innovative and influential music artists of his generation.

Johnny Burnette Rock & Roll Trio Poster - Rockabilly from the early 1950's. by MyGenerationShop on Etsy

Johnny Burnette Rock & Roll Trio Poster - Rockabilly from the early 1950's. by MyGenerationShop on Etsy

Iconic soul singer Otis Redding waiting backstage at Hunter College in New York City in January 1967. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Corbis.

Iconic soul singer Otis Redding waiting backstage at Hunter College in New York City in January 1967. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Corbis.

Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plance crash.

Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plance crash.

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