Roy Orbison Similar Artists

The Everly Brothers - 100% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Don (Isaac Donald Everly, 1 February 1937, Brownie, Kentucky, USA) and Phil (b. Phillip Everly, 19 January 1939, Chicago, Illinois, USA), the world’s most famous rock ‘n’ roll duo, had already experienced a full career before their first record, ‘Bye Bye Love’, was released. As sons of popular country artists Ike and Margaret, they were pushed into t Read more

Buddy Holly - 97% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Easy Listening Music Theme Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Hardin Holley, 7 September 1936, Lubbock, Texas, USA, d. 3 February 1959, Clear Lake, Iowa, USA. Holly was one of the first major rock ‘n’ roll groundbreakers, and one of its most influential artists. He wrote his own songs, recorded with a self-contained guitar-bass-drums combo, experimented in the studio and even changed the image of what a rock singer co Read more

Carl Perkins - 96% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Carl Lee Perkins, 9 April 1932, Ridgely, Tennessee, USA (his birth certificate misspelled the last name as Perkings), d. 19 January 1998, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Carl Perkins was one of the most renowned rockabilly artists recording for Sun Records in the 50s and the author of the classic song ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. As a guitarist, he influenced many of the next ge Read more

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Billy Fury - 90% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ronald Wycherley, 17 April 1940, Dingle, Liverpool, England, d. 28 January 1983, London, England. An impromptu audition in a Birkenhead dressing room resulted in Wycherley joining Larry Parnes’ management stable. The entrepreneur provided the suitably enigmatic stage name, and added the aspirant to the bill of a current package tour. Fury enjoyed a UK Top 20 hit with hi Read more

Neil Sedaka - 89% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 March 1939, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Pianist Sedaka began his songwriting career with lyricist Howard Greenfield in the early 50s. During this high school period, Sedaka dated Carol Klein (later known as Carole King). For a brief period, Sedaka joined the Tokens, then won a scholarship to New York’s Juilliard School of Music. In 1958, the pianist joine Read more

The Drifters - 84% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Music Theme Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1953 in New York, USA, at the behest of Atlantic Records, this influential R&B vocal group was initially envisaged as a vehicle for ex-Dominoes singer Clyde McPhatter (Clyde Lensley McPhatter, 15 November 1932, Durham, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 June 1972, New York City, New York, USA). Gerhart Thrasher, Andrew Thrasher and Bill Pinkney (b. 15 August 1925, Dalz Read more

Bobby Vee - 82% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Thomas Velline, 30 April 1943, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Vee’s first exposure to the rock ‘n’ roll scene occurred in macabre circumstances when his group, the Shadows, deputized for Buddy Holly after the singer was killed in an air crash in February 1959. Soon after, Vee’s group were discovered by famed producer Snuff Garrett and saw their indepen Read more

Del Shannon - 82% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Westover, 30 December 1934, Coopersville, Michigan, USA, d. 8 February 1990, Santa Clarita, California, USA. From the plethora of clean, American, post doo-wop male vocalists to find enormous success in the early 60s, only a small handful retained musical credibility. Shannon was undoubtedly from this pedigree. More than 40 years after his chart debut, Shannon’s Read more

Ritchie Valens - 79% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Steve Valenzuela, 13 May 1941, Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 3 February 1959, Iowa, USA. Valens was the first major Hispanic-American rock star, the artist who popularized the classic 50s hit ‘La Bamba’. He grew up in the city of Pacoima, California, and was raised in poverty. His parents separated when he was a child and Valens lived with his f Read more

Ricky Nelson - 74% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eric Hilliard Nelson, 8 May 1940, Teaneck, New Jersey, USA, d. 31 December 1985, De Kalb, Texas, USA. Nelson came from a showbusiness family. His father, Ozzie Nelson, formed a popular dance band in the 1930s. The band featured singer Harriet Hilliard, who became Ozzie Nelson’s wife in 1935. The couple had their own US radio show, The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet, wh Read more

Bobby Vinton - 72% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Stanley Robert Vinton, 16 April 1935, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Born of Polish extraction, Vinton was one of the more enduring boy-next-door pop idols who sprang up in the early 60s. He began as a trumpeter before agreeing to front his high school band as featured vocalist. A tape of one such performance reached Epic Records, who signed him in 1960. Composed by Al Byron Read more

Eddie Cochran - 71% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Raymond Cochrane, 3 October 1938, Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA, d. 17 April 1960, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. Recent information states he was raised in Minnisota, but without sight of the birth certificate, it is still possible he was born in Oklahoma City. Although Cochran’s career was brief, during which time he had only had one major hit in the USA and topp Read more

The Platters - 64% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Christian & Gospel Doo Wop Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the leading R&B vocal groups of the 50s, they were the first black group to be accepted as a major chart act and, for a short time, were the most successful vocal group in the world. The Platters were formed in Los Angeles in 1953 by entrepreneur/songwriter Buck Ram (21 November 1907, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 1 January 1991). Through his ownership of the Platter Read more

Gene Vincent - 63% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Vincent Eugene Craddock, 11 February 1935, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, d. 12 October 1971, Newhall, California, USA. One of the original bad boys of rock ‘n’ roll, the self-destructive Vincent was involved in a motorcycle crash in July 1955 and his left leg was permanently damaged. Discharged from the US Navy, he began appearing on country music radio and came under th Read more

Elvis Presley - 61% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Children's Music Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Music & Radio Music Theme Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Soundtracks Spoken Word Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Elvis Aaron Presley, 8 January 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, d. 16 August 1977, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The most celebrated popular music phenomenon of his era and, for many, the purest embodiment of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley’s life and career have become part of rock legend. The elder of twins, his younger brother, Jesse Garon, was stillborn, a tragedy Read more


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