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March 20, 2014
A posthumous musical collaboration between Roy Orbison and three of his sons will be included on a 25 th anniversary reissue of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter's final studio album, “Mystery Girl.” The deluxe reissue is due May 20 and in addition to the album's original 10 tracks will include previously unreleased studio tracks and working demo recordings. It also will come with a “making-of” documentary “Mystery Girl: Unraveled” on DVD exploring the creation of that album and the new cross-generational track “The Way of Love” featuring Roy's original vocals accompanied by harmonies and instrumental backing provided by Roy Jr., Alex and Wesley Orbison.
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March 20, 2014
A posthumous musical collaboration between Roy Orbison and three of his sons will be included on a 25 th anniversary reissue of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter's final studio album, “Mystery Girl.” The deluxe reissue is due May 20 and in addition to the album's original 10 tracks will include previously unreleased studio tracks and working demo recordings. It also will come with a “making-of” documentary “Mystery Girl: Unraveled” on DVD exploring the creation of that album and the new cross-generational track “The Way of Love” featuring Roy's original vocals accompanied by harmonies and instrumental backing provided by Roy Jr., Alex and Wesley Orbison.
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September 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Roy Orbison's “In Dreams -- Greatest Hits,” an unusual 1987 compilation with latter-day performances by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, is being reissued Sept. 17 after being out of circulation for nearly two decades. The double album set, featuring “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel),” “Crying,” “Runnin' Scared” and 13 more tracks, was recorded less than two years before Orbison died in 1988 of a heart attack at age 52. It's one of the rare collections of re-recorded material that is as highly regarded as the artist's original recordings because of the high quality of the newer versions.
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September 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Roy Orbison's “In Dreams -- Greatest Hits,” an unusual 1987 compilation with latter-day performances by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, is being reissued Sept. 17 after being out of circulation for nearly two decades. The double album set, featuring “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel),” “Crying,” “Runnin' Scared” and 13 more tracks, was recorded less than two years before Orbison died in 1988 of a heart attack at age 52. It's one of the rare collections of re-recorded material that is as highly regarded as the artist's original recordings because of the high quality of the newer versions.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 1988 | ROBERT HILBURN
Roy Orbison sang about loneliness and heartache with an intensity and poignancy perhaps unequalled in rock--and his death leaves the rock world itself a little lonelier. The only thing about Orbison that overshadowed his greatness was his niceness. In a field where gimmick and swagger often contribute to stardom as much as talent, Orbison was a singer who earned his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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December 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Roy Orbison, a balladeer of lost love whose piercing, three-octave voice in songs like "Pretty Woman" and "Cryin' " pioneered early rock 'n' roll, died of a heart attack at 52. The singer-songwriter, known for his black pompadour and ever-present sunglasses, was brought by ambulance to Hendersonville Hospital late Tuesday and died just before midnight. Orbison achieved fame more than two decades ago with the hits "Only the Lonely," his first million-seller, then "Blue Angel" and "I'm Hurtin'."
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January 24, 1998 | ROBERT HILBURN
*** ROY ORBISON, "Combo Concert, 1965 Holland", Orbison If you already have a greatest-hits album by Orbison, or his only other live collection, the 1987 "Black & White Night," you may not think there is much need for this package. Not only is the album skimpy (just over half an hour), but it also consists chiefly of hits that you're likely to have, including "Running Scared," "Crying" and "Oh, Pretty Woman."
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March 10, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The late Roy Orbison, whose albums have been huge sellers since his death in December, may have two in the Billboard magazine Top Five next week. His solo album, "Mystery Girl," (No. 6) may inch up to join his group effort and the fourth-place "Traveling Wilburys," looks like it will still be in the Top Five. Superteen Debbie Gibson still heads both pop charts, with her album "Electric Youth" and her single "Lost in Your Eyes."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 1988 | HOLLY GLEASON
Roy Orbison was smooth, smooth, smooth Saturday at Disneyland's Videopolis stage as he moved through a 30-minute set including many of his greatest hits: "Crying," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Only the Lonely" and "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)." Orbison was dressed in his signature black, his voice was a high, pure, lovelorn/love-struck cry amid the flashing lights and smoke that make Videopolis an attraction unto itself.
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March 19, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
What's behind the spectacular sales of Roy Orbison's posthumous "Mystery Girl" album? The 10-song package, released just eight weeks after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member died Dec. 6 of a heart attack in Nashville at age 52, has sold more than a million copies in the United States alone. That brisk pace has pushed "Mystery Girl" to No. 6 on the national sales chart--the first time Orbison has been in the Top 10 on his own since a greatest-hits package in 1964.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2012
Edwin Q. White Saigon bureau chief for AP during Vietnam War Edwin Q. White, 90, who as Associated Press bureau chief in Saigon during the 1960s was part of a fabled crew of journalists who covered the Vietnam War, died Thursday in Honolulu, the news service said. He had congestive heart failure. Known to his colleagues as "unflappable Ed," White began covering Vietnam in 1962 when he was assigned to AP's Tokyo bureau. Named Saigon bureau chief in 1965 as the United States shifted from an advisory to a full combat role, he oversaw a team of highly seasoned reporters and photographers, including Peter Arnett and Horst Faas . "Ed White led an extraordinary AP bureau that covered the American involvement in Vietnam from its start through the fall of Saigon in 1975," said John Daniszewski, a former Times reporter who is now AP's senior managing editor for international news.
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December 8, 2011 | Randy Lewis
When singer Roy Orbison was touring England in 1968, it had been four years since he last appeared at the top of the charts with "Oh, Pretty Woman," even though he continued playing live and recording long after the pulse of rock music shifted away from his signature brand of sweepingly operatic pop. At a show in Leeds on that tour, he met 18-year-old German fan Barbara Ann Marie Wellhoener Jakobs, and within a year the two were married....
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July 3, 1999 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Has it ever been this bad? The July 4 weekend is normally the time to look back fondly on pop memories of the first half of the year, but the state of commercial pop has been so drab this year that you want to forget about most of what you've heard. That's why for the first time I've drafted a Bottom 10--instead of a Top 10--of midyear singles. And we're not just talking about the lightweight teen pop that is dominating the mainstream airwaves--though some records in this style made the list.
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January 24, 1998 | ROBERT HILBURN
*** ROY ORBISON, "Combo Concert, 1965 Holland", Orbison If you already have a greatest-hits album by Orbison, or his only other live collection, the 1987 "Black & White Night," you may not think there is much need for this package. Not only is the album skimpy (just over half an hour), but it also consists chiefly of hits that you're likely to have, including "Running Scared," "Crying" and "Oh, Pretty Woman."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1997
What a pleasure it was seeing Gene Pitney's name in print ("Pitney Feels His Rock Hall Election Just Matter of Time," Feb. 3); we certainly don't hear nearly enough of his music. It's so cliche to refer to someone as being "overlooked," but that label fits. I'll hold Pitney's "Town Without Pity" and "It Hurts to Be in Love" right up there with the best offerings of Roy Orbison or Del Shannon, both of whom have enjoyed mini-revivals with renewed appreciation. Gene Pitney deserves the same; he has earned his place among his peers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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February 25, 1995 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Don't scoff at anyone who tells you he spent three hours in hillbilly heaven this week. The House of Blues may not be scruffy enough to qualify as a true honky-tonk, but the marathon performances of the Mavericks and Junior Brown on Thursday night offered about as satisfying a display of classic '40s-'60s country music as you'll find short of an actual Hank Williams/Ernest Tubb reunion up above.
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November 15, 1989 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD
For nearly eight years, beginning in 1981, singer Kenny Morrill plyed the San Diego nightclub circuit, working first with a country-rock band, California, and then with a couple of oldies groups, the Jets and Rama Lama.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1994
While reading the July 25 review of Dwight Yoakam's performance ("Yoakam Lets Tunes Talk") once again I ended up shaking my head in disbelief and wondering, how do "critics" get these jobs? In particular I'm referring to the comment, "His vaguely psychedelic ballad 'A Thousand Miles From Nowhere' recalled Roy Orbison's more contemplative side." Psychedelic? Roy Orbison? Psychedelic and contemplative? What? JUDY KNIGHT Beverly Hills
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November 15, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN and New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to four (excellent).
* * 1/2 Roy Orbison, "King of Hearts," Virgin. As posthumous releases of uncompleted tracks by pop stars go, this is a good, well-assembled one, though there's no question why most of these middle-of-the-road compositions didn't make the final cut of "Mystery Girl." The vocal tracks Orbison left behind are predictably perfect, but the songwriting tends toward the mediocre. Only "You're the One" is a notable addition to the canon.
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