This Week In Texas History


April 2015 - Week 4                                                 AUDIO VERSION

                                                                                                                

BIG “O” IS BORN

This Week In Texas History...

APRIL 1936 AND A VOICE LIKE NO OTHER IS BORN.


THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ANSWER, ALAMO CITY
REPUBLICAN WOMEN, AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE GENERAL
LAND OFFICE.


APRIL 23, 1936. VERNON. HE WOULD BECOME ONE OF THE GREATEST RECORDING
STARS OF ALL TIME, KNOWN WORLDWIDE FOR HIS DISTINCTIVE VOICE AND DARK
SUNGLASSES.


BUT TODAY, ROY ORBISON BEGINS LIFE AS THE SON OF NADINE AND ORBIE LEE.


RAISED IN THE WEST TEXAS TOWN OF WINK, ROY ORBISON QUICKLY REALIZED HE
HAD A GIFT. AFTER WINNING A SINGING CONTEST HE FORMED HIS FIRST BAND
- THE WINK WESTERNERS.


HIS CAREER SPANS 30 YEARS, EARNING SIX GRAMMYS, A PLACE IN THE ROCK AND
ROLL HALL OF FAME AND INSPIRING MUSICIANS FROM ELVIS TO THE BEATLES.


DURING A RESURGENCE IN HIS POPULARITY, "BIG O" DIED FROM A HEART ATTACK
IN 1988.


ROY ORBISON WAS BORN, THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY.
LEARN MORE AT SAVETEXASHISTORY.ORG OR CALL 800-998-4GLO.


George B. Ward, "ORBISON, ROY KELTON," Handbook of Texas Online
(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/for11), accessed April 09, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010.
Modified on April 21, 2014. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.