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The Everly Brothers - 100% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Folk Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock 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

Elvis Presley - 95% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Children's Music Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Drama Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Movies Theme Music & Radio Music Theme Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock 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

Buddy Holly - 86% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock 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

Ricky Nelson - 81% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bobby Vee - 78% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock 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 - 78% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock 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

The Searchers - 75% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the premier beat groups from the mid-60s Merseybeat explosion, the Liverpool-based Searchers were formed in 1959 by John McNally (30 August 1941, Liverpool, England; rhythm guitar/vocals) and Mike Pender (b. Michael John Prendergast, 3 March 1942, Liverpool, England; lead guitar/vocals). Taking their new name from the 1956 John Ford western, The Searchers, the band ba Read more

Jerry Lee Lewis - 73% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Instrumental Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 September 1935, Ferriday, Louisiana, USA. The ‘Killer’ is the personification of 50s rock ‘n’ roll at its best. He is rowdy, raw, rebellious and uncompromising. The outrageous piano-pounder has a voice that exudes excitement and an aura of arrogance that becomes understandable after witnessing the seething hysteria and mass excitement at his concerts. Read more

Jerry Lewis - 73% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Comedy Spoken Word Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Levitch, 16 March 1926, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Born into a showbusiness family, Lewis was intermittently on-stage from the age of five and in his mid-teens had become a professional comedian and mimic. In 1946 he teamed up with Dean Martin, for whom Lewis has expressed great admiration. Their double act clicked instantly and they were soon one of the hottest showbus Read more

The Traveling Wilburys - 68% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Bobby Vinton - 67% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals 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

The Drifters - 67% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Music Theme Pop / Rock R&B / Soul 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

Righteous Brothers - 66% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Righteous Brothers - 66% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Despite their professional appellation, Bill Medley (William Thomas Medley, 19 September 1940, Santa Ana, California, USA) and Bobby Hatfield (b. Robert Lee Hatfield, 10 August 1940, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, USA, d. 5 November 2003, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA) were not related. They met in 1962 at California’s Black Derby club, where they won the approbation of its mixed-r Read more

Cliff Richard - 65% match to Roy Orbison

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Harry Roger Webb, 14 October 1940, Lucknow, India. One of the most popular and enduring talents in the history of UK showbusiness, Webb began his career as a rock ‘n’ roll performer in 1957. His fascination for Elvis Presley encouraged him to join the Dick Teague Skiffle Group and several months later he teamed up with drummer Terry Smart and guitarist Norman Mitha Read more


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