“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wink in Winkler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Roy Orbison

(April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988)

Roy Orbison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
1. Roy Orbison Marker
Inscription. Roy Kelton Orbison was one of America's most famed rock and roll musicians. Born in Vernon (Wilbarger Co.), Orbison and family moved often and by 1946 they had settled in Wink. The Orbisons lived at 102 Langley Way (now 105 North Roy Orbison Drive). As a high school student in Wink, Orbison formed his first band. The Wink Westerners (later The Teen Kings). He attended North Texas State University at which time The Teen Kings recorded "Ooby Dooby," a song which led to their signing by Sun Records in 1956.

By the early 1960s, Orbison had signed with Monument Records, where he had his greatest commercial success, recording songs like "Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)," "Crying," "In Dreams," "Running Scared" and "Oh! Pretty Women," By this time, Orbison had perfected his unique, powerful singing voice, while focusing on complex melodies in his music. He also began to wear his familiar dark sunglasses during performances.

By the mid–1960s, though, Orbison's career languished. In addition, he suffered a number of personal tragedies. In 1966, Orbison's wife, Claudette (Frady), died in a motorcycle accident; two years later, two of their three sons died in a fire. In 1969, Orbison remarried; he would have two more sons. In the late 1970s, other artists began covering Orbison's music and by the late 1980s, his
Roy Orbison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
2. Roy Orbison Marker
The lower marker details the Roy Orbison Marker sponsors.
career was revived. Orbison was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1988, he recorded the album, Mystery Girl, which included the hit, "You Got It." Before it was finalized, Orbison died unexpectedly of a heart attack. The album was released posthumously and was a success. Today, Orbison continues to be remembered for his legacy of music, which has inspired generations of successful musicians.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15780.)
Location. 31° 45.174′ N, 103° 9.338′ W. Marker is in Wink, Texas, in Winkler County. Marker is on North Roy Orbison Drive north of SE 1st Street (Farm to Market Road 1232), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wink TX 79789, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wink (approx. 0.2 miles away); Winkler County Discovery Well (approx. mile away); Wink Junior High and High School (approx. mile away); Old Wink Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Old Duval Townsite (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Community Church
Roy Orbison Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
3. Roy Orbison Museum
Roy Orbison Museum is about mile north of marker, on East Hendricks Boulevard (TX-115).
(approx. 8 miles away); Winkler County Courthouse (approx. 8.1 miles away); Colonel C. M. Winkler (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wink.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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