American singer-songwritermusician, well known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions,dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texasbegan singing in a rockabilly / ry & western b in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success was with Monument Records in the early 1960s where 22 of his songs placed on the Top Forty, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "In Dreams","Oh, Pretty Woman". His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songsthe use of one in a film by David Lynch revived his career in the 1980s. He joined the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty,Jeff Lynnereleased an album in 1988. He died of a heart attack at the age of 52, at the zenith of his resurgence.