1936 - 1988
Born in Vernon, Texas, Roy and his family soon moved to Wink, TX. His first public appearance was co-hosting a radio talent show at age 8. By his early teens, he had his own group "The Wink Westerners" who played throughout West Texas at jamborees.
After Elvis came along, his band changed from country music to rockabilly.
In 1956 Roy was signed to SUN Records, but he didn't make much impact on the national music scene until he hooked up with Monument in Nashville. Although he was closely involved with Country music and a writer, it took till 1980 before he actually hit the Country charts with "That lovin' you feelin' Again"- a Grammy award winning duet with Emmylou Harris.
His song "Only the lonely" opened the door to international fame, as it became the first of many hits to score in England in 1960. Not long after, while sharing top billing with the Beatles, Roy received ten encores! In fact Roy's Greatest hits collection topped the UK album charts in 1977.
In 1987 he was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just prior to becoming a member of the Traveling Wilburys.
We lost Roy in December of 1988 due to a sudden heart attack.
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