Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top Forty, including “Only the Lonely“, “Crying“, and “Oh, Pretty Woman“. His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songs and the use of “In Dreams” in David Lynch‘s Blue Velvet revived his career in the 1980s. In 1988, he joined the supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne and also released a new solo album. He died of a heart attack in December that year, at the zenith of his resurgence. His life was marred by tragedy, including the death of his first wife and his two eldest sons in separate accidents.
“Crying” Live @ Austin City Limits – 1982:
- Sticky Fingers is the ninth British and 11th American studio album by English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in April 1971. It is the band’s first album of the 1970s and its first release on the band’s newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records, after having been contracted since 1963 with Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US. It is also Mick Taylor‘s first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album, the first Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from founding guitarist Brian Jones and the first one on whichMick Jagger is credited with playing guitar. In 2003, Sticky Fingers was listed as #63 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Released 23 April 1971 Recorded 2–4 December 1969, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield,Alabama; 17 February, March – May, 16 June – 27 July, 17–31 October 1970, and January 1971,Olympic Studios, London, UK; except “Sister Morphine“, begun 22–31 March 1969 Genre Rock Length 46:25 Language English Label Rolling Stones, Atlantic Producer Jimmy Miller
- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the fourth album by Chicago-based rock band Wilco. The album was completed in 2001, but Reprise Records, aWarner Music Group label, refused to release it. Wilco acquired the rights to the album when they left the label. In September 2001, Wilcostreamed the entire album for free on their website. Wilco signed with Nonesuch Records (another Warner label) in November of that year, and the album was officially released on April 23, 2002.
Released April 23, 2002 Recorded Autumn 2000 – Early 2001,Chicago (The Loft) Genre Alternative rock, indie rock,psychedelic rock Length 51:51 Label Nonesuch Producer Wilco
- Ramones is the eponymously-titled debut studio album by the American punk rock band Ramones. It was released on April 23, 1976 through Sire Records. Prior to the band signing to Sire, they were seen by Lisa Robinson, an editor of Hit Parader, during an early 1975 performance. Robinson began popularizing the band by writing about them in the magazines she edited. Robinson contacted Danny Fieldsand asked him to manage the band, which he agreed to in November 1975. A Marty Thau produced demo album was recorded at 914 Sound Studios and included “Judy Is a Punk” and “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend“. Soon after the demos were presented to Sire A&R co-ordinator Craig Leon the band was signed to Sire Records.
Released April 23, 1976 Recorded February 2–19, 1976 at Plaza Sound, Radio City Music Hall inNew York City Genre Punk rock Length 29:04 Label Sire (US & UK), Philips (Europe) Producer Craig Leon