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Orbison widow dies at 61

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 – Barbara Orbison, 61, the widow of Roy Orbison, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer 23 years to the day that her husband died.

Orbison managed her late husband's business and music affairs after his death in Nashville. She leaves three children.

The two met at a concert in Leeds, England in 1968 when she was an 18-year-old fan from Germany. Within a year, the two were married. Roy Orbison had a string of hits, endured personal tragedy. His first wife was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1966. Two children died in a fire at their Tennessee home during that same British tour.

By the 1980's, Orbison's career had a resurrection both with solo discs and as a member of the true super group The Traveling Wilburys, which also included Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne. The band released two albums. Orbison's final studio album, "Mystery Girl," hit number five in 1989, two months after his death at age 52.

Barbara had been treated for pancreatic cancer since May. He worked to keep her husband's legacy alive. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and received a 1998 Lifetime Achievement Grammy. She also oversaw "Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll," a 4-CD, 107-song box set, in 2008 and co-produced a stage musical, "Only The Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story," which toured England in the 1990s.

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Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection CD review - Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection
75th birthdays are certainly celebration-worthy milestones. Legacy Recordings marks the late Roy Orbison's 75th with a noteworthy 3-disc set (2 CDs and a DVD) highlighting the original mono mixes of all of his A Sides and B sides for the Monument Records label. Orbison got his start with Sam Phillips' Sun Records label in Memphis where he joined a roster that included Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, but the most significant recordings of his entire »»»
The Soul of Rock and Roll CD review - The Soul of Rock and Roll
Generous helpings of Roy Orbison's vast catalog of rockabilly, classic pop hits, country and flat out rock 'n' roll are supplemented with rare recordings, private jams and previously unreleased demos in this genuinely satisfying 4-CD, 107-song boxed set. In the process, the singer-songwriter's evolution as the ultimate troubadour of heartache is deftly showcased. Disc one smartly traces Orbison and the Wink Westerner's journey from a hillbilly (Hey! Miss Fanny) and »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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