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Where was the love for this Roy Orbison tune? It's a mystery to me



Of the mysteries of the 1980s, the one that was solved was "What happened to Roy Orbison?"

A rock legend whose life swirled in both the highs and lows, Roy Orbison had 22 Top 40 hits in the '60s including the classic Oh, Pretty Woman (remade famously by Van Halen in 1982) before he hit a 20-year dry spell.  

His career started to unravel as did his tragic personal life when his wife was killed in an motorcycle accident in 1966 and two of his sons died  in a fire in 1968. Orbison started getting his career recognition in the late '80s with his induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a lifetime Grammy and a hit album with The Traveling Wilburys. 

At age 52, Orbison died of a heart attack on Dec. 6, 1988, just a month before the release of his new album Mystery Girl. A posthumous release, You Got It was a Top 10 hit single and was followed up by It's A Mystery To Me.  

The video for It's A Mystery To Me is another posthumous tribute starting off Orbison's trademark black cowboy boots trying to solve a mystery of a runaway femme fetale and was specifically written for Orbison by Bono and The Edge. Benmont Tench and Howie Epstein of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers also play on the single. The song did not chart in the U.S. but was a Top 40 hit in the U.K. and Australia.   

[Last modified: Sunday, January 3, 2016 11:22am]


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