Thursday, August 18, 2011

Roy Orbison: The Legend At Yamaha Online Services

Roy Orbison is an American legend. Because of his unmistakable voice, dark emotional ballads and complex musical compositions, Orbison's music was often referred to as operatic by many critics. This led to the nickname "The Caruso of Rock" (in reference to Enrico Caruso, the famous Italian opera singer from the early 1900's) In the 1960's Roy Orbison scored 22 Billboard top 40 hits, including Only The Lonely, Crying, In Dreams, and Oh Pretty Woman. Orbison's career remained stagnant through the 70's until David Lynch used Orbison's Candy Colored Clown in the 1986 film Blue Velvet. In 1988, Orbison joined the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison. Orbison's life was plagued with tragedy, including the death of his first wife and two of his children, in separate accidents. This could be part of the reason that Roy Orbison stood in such stark contrast to the defiant masculine persona that was so popular in rock music of the 50's and 60's. Many of Orbison's songs conveyed a much quieter, desperate vulnerability that was extremely unconventional at the time. He was also known for standing still while performing, dressed all in black with dark sunglasses. Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 1987 by Bruce Springsteen. Later that same year he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Join us in remembering a truly unique voice in American rock music. At Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection, we have some of Roy Orbison's biggest hits in MIDI song format for use with your Yamaha keyboard. Check out some of our favorite Roy Orbison tunes below, or browse the entire catalog of Yamaha MIDI files.

Oh Pretty Woman

You Got It


Candy Man

California Blue

Check out this amazing performance of Oh Pretty Woman from the Black and White Night in 1987. Notice his backing band is Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, and JD Souther!