- Terence J. O’Grady
Orbison, Roy (23 April 1936–06 December 1988), singer and songwriter, was born Roy Kelton Orbison in Vernon, Texas, the son of Orbie Lee Orbison, an oil-field driller, and Nadine Schultz, a nurse. His early musical experiences centered around country and western music. Orbison performed regularly on country and western radio programs by the age of eight. Attending high school in Wink, Texas, he led a band of fellow students called the Wink Westerners, whose repertoire ranged from western swing and country and western, notably the songs of ...