Wink in Winkler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988)
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
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 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wink (approx. 0.2 miles away); Winkler County Discovery Well (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Wink Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Old Duval Townsite (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Community Church (approx. 8 miles away); Winkler County Courthouse Colonel C. M. Winkler (approx. 8.1 miles away); Kermit (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wink.
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