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Roy Orbison

Singer/Songwriter (23-Apr-1936 — 6-Dec-1988)


Ellis Amburn. Dark Star: The Roy Orbison Story. Carol Publishing Group. 1990. 236pp.

Alan Clayson. Only the Lonely: Life and Artistic Legacy of Roy Orbison. Sidgwick & Jackson. 1989. 192pp.

Peter Lehman. Roy Orbison: The Invention of an Alternative Rock Masculinity. Temple University Press. 2003. 208pp.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1106)

  6. Encylopedia of Pop, Rock, and Soul (pp.499-501)

  7. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.547)

  8. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.378)

  9. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.3, p.571)

  10. The Encyclopedia of Country Music (p.395)

  11. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.328)

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