Roy Orbison Day

July 19th Celebrates Roy Orbison Day

I know who Roy Orbison is, but who invented Roy Orbison Day?

On July 19th 1981, “Roy Orbison Day” has always been celebrated in Odessa, TX. In fact when Roy Orbison was alive he was given the keys to the city, and performed for the crowd.

Where is Odessa Texas?

Odessa was founded in 1881 as a water stop and cattle-shipping point on the Texas and Pacific Railway. The first post office opened in 1885.

Roy Orbison enrolled at Odessa Junior College in the fall of 1955 wanting to major in Geology but then changed to History and English. Soon, the band moved in together to a duplex in Walnut Street in Odessa. With a couple of new members they renamed themselves “The Teen Kings” as they were playing more and more Rock and Roll.

Roy Kelton Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas, and when he became a BIG star, while living in Odessa, Orbison drove to Dallas to be shocked at the on-stage antics of Elvis Presley, who was only a year older and a rising star in the music scene.

One of my favorite songs from Roy Orbison has been the song called Pretty Woman, today’s YouTube video clip from the movie called Pretty Woman, is shared today by user name Lamb1542.

In 1966 tragedy struck when Claudette Orbison was killed in a motorcycle accident, with Roy riding just ahead of her when it happened. He found it difficult to write any more songs, but he kept touring. Two years later, a fire destroyed his house in Hendersonville, Tennessee, killing two of his three children. From that point on, he refused to attend funerals.

On the evening of December 6th, 1988 Orbison complained of chest pains. At about 11:00 p.m., he collapsed in the bathroom of his mother’s Hendersonville home. Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital, but by midnight Orbison had been declared dead of a massive heart attack.

In lieu of today’s story the mayor of Odessa, TX, declared that July 19th would always be Roy Orbison Day in honor of the singer.

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