Here is an extremely rare very early vintage original autographed 8″ by 10″ photo from 1957 of the great Roy Orbison at the very beginning of his career, the year after he signed with Sun Records on the advice of Johnny Cash, and his first year as a solo artist after splitting from the Teen Kings in December’56. See my other listing of autographed 1956 Roy Orbison with Teen King autographs. Creasing, corner and edge wear, small tear left side. Roy Orbison’s Sun Recordings were made by Orbison at Sun Studio (The Memphis Recording Service) with producer Sam Phillips. Sun Records was established in 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee, and during an eight-year period Phillips recorded such artists as Roy Orbison, B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Rufus Thomas, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Harold Jenkins, and Charlie Rich. The musicians signed at Sun Records made music that laid the foundation of rock and roll in the 20th century. Roy Kelton Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas, on April 23, 1936, and he grew up in Wink, Texas. His parents Orbie Lee and Nadine, gave him a guitar for his sixth birthday and taught him the chords to “You Are My Sunshine”. Roy Orbison grew up around country music and later stated it was a great influence to him. I grew up with country music in Texas. The first singer I heard on the radio who really slayed me was Lefty Frizzell. He had this technique which involved sliding syllables together that really blew me away. By the time Orbison was eight years old he was performing on local radio shows, and at thirteen years old he formed the band The Wink Westerners. The Wink Westerners obtained local notoriety and performed mainly country and pop songs. He began singing and playing guitar professionally in his teens with the band the Wink Westerners. The Wink Westerners had a weekly television show for them on KMID-TV. Roy Orbison attended North Texas University after high school, and it was there where he discovered rock and roll and began to write more pop oriented songs. Orbison stayed at North Texas for only a year stating he felt like he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He left and moved to Odessa, Texas where he formed The Teen Kings. The Teen Kings consisted of Roy Orbison, James Morrow, Jack Kennelley, Billy Pat Ellis, and Johnny “Peanuts” Wilson. The Teen Kings got a job on a local television show and they recorded “Ooby Dooby” (written by two fellow North Texas State students Dick Penner and Wade Moore) for a local label. In 1956, singer/songwriter Johnny Cash appeared on the show and on his advice Orbison and the Teen Kings signed with Sun Records in Memphis. Shortly after signing a new version of “Ooby Dooby” was recorded and became a hit in 1956. According to The Authorized Roy Orbison, the follow-up single was “Rockhouse” b/w “You’re My Baby”, and shortly after this release the Teen Kings disbanded, and Orbison remained under contract to Sun as a solo artist. Orbison continued recording using the Sun house musicians. Not unlike several other artists at Sun, Roy Orbison was unhappy with the direction Sam Phillips was taking. Orbison noted that he wasn’t quite comfortable with rockabilly but later stated he enjoyed the freedom in the studio that came with being a Sun artist. Sun’s musical director Bill Justice gave Orbison the song Chicken Hearted. Released in December 1957, it was Orbison’s last shot at remaining a contracted artist for Sun. Shortly after the failure of “Chicken Hearted”, Orbison moved back to Texas with his first wife Claudette Frady. Sam Phillips later stated having regret in not promoting Orbison more than he did. Orbison began to question rather or not he still wanted to be a performer and began to focus more on writing. As a writer, Orbison scored a Hot 100 hit for Warren Smith with “So Long I’m Gone” and he did even better when Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a new version of Go! “, renaming the track “Down The Line. ” The greatest writing success Orbison had was due to The Everly Brothers recording the song “Claudette. Roy Orbison played lead guitar in all of his Sun Records recordings, creating a breakthrough sound which became such a big part of rockabilly music. Orbison affiliated himself with the Everlys’ music publisher, Acuff-Rose. Wesley Rose got Orbison a one-year contract with RCA, an affiliation that spawned two mediocre singles. Moore called owner Fred Foster, and said, You know what I heard today? RCA’s letting Roy Orbison go. Fred Foster signed Roy Orbison. Orbison, still in Texas began writing with Joe Melson, who led a group in Midland called the Cavaliers. Looking for a follow-up, Melson showed Orbison a piece of a song he had been working on called “Only the Lonely”. This song was the first song that truly probed the frightening potential of Orbison’s voice. Despite the lack of commercial success Orbison looked back at his time at Sun Records as an important and historical part of his career. Into the seventies and early eighties artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Van Halen, Don McLean, had hits with Orbison’s songs. In 1980 Roy Orbison released “That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again” with Emmylou Harris, winning the artists a grammy. After Roy’s death in 1988 he had two simultaneous posthumously-charting Top 5 albums with Mystery Girl and The Traveling Wilburys. Mystery Girl eventually went platinum and reached #5 on the US Billboard 200 and #2 on the UK Albums Chart. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Autographs-Original\Music\Rock & Pop\Photographs”. The seller is “pengang” and is located in this country: US. 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- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Object Type: Photograph
- Industry: Music