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This Week In Music History Apr 22-May 5

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APR 22: Born today in 1936, Roy Orbison the songwriter and musician best known for his distinctive voice, emotive ballads, and dark sunglasses. He passed away much too soon on December 6, 1988. Orbison's music spanned multiple genres, including rock and roll, pop, country, and rockabilly.

Orbison achieved major success in the early 1960s with songs like "Only the Lonely," "Crying," "In Dreams," and "Oh, Pretty Woman." His powerful and operatic voice, coupled with his ability to convey deep emotion, set him apart from other artists of his time. His songwriting often explored themes of heartache, longing, and unrequited love, resonating with audiences around the world.
Orbison's career experienced a resurgence in the late 1980s with the supergroup Traveling Wilburys, which included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty.
Despite personal tragedies and career challenges, Roy Orbison's influence on popular music has endured, and he remains a revered figure in the history of rock and roll. His songs continue to be celebrated for their timeless quality and emotional depth.

MAY 2: Happy birthday to Lou Gramm, born today in 1950! The legendary rock vocalist is best known as the lead singer of the band Foreigner. Gramm's distinctive voice, characterized by its powerful range and emotive delivery, played a significant role in the band's success during the late 1970s and 1980s.

With Foreigner, Gramm delivered numerous hits, including "Cold as Ice," "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision," "Urgent," "Waiting for a Girl Like You," and "I Want to Know What Love Is," among others. His vocal prowess and stage presence contributed greatly to the band's popularity and enduring legacy.
Outside of Foreigner, Gramm pursued a solo career, releasing albums such as "Ready or Not" (1987) and "Long Hard Look" (1989). He also reunited with Foreigner for various tours and performances over the years, showcasing his enduring impact on the rock music scene. And, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his surviving bandmates this year!
Gramm's contributions to rock music have earned him recognition as one of the genre's iconic vocalists, and his powerful performances continue to resonate with audiences worldwide.

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