On February 23, 2003, Howard Norman Epstein died aged 47. He was musician (bass), member of the bands MHB Experience, Egz, Winks, Forearm Smash, and The Craze. He also worked with Bob Dylan, Blue Stingrays, Del Shannon, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash, but was best known as the bass player with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
On January 31, 2019, Harold Ray Bradley died aged 93. He was musician (guitar) and music producer, part of the Nashville A-Team of session players. He recorded and performed with numerous musicians including Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Bill Chinnock, The Everly Brothers, Slim Whitman, Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson. Bradley is regarded as one of the most recorded guitarists in the history of music. As leader he released five albums.
On January 31, 2009, Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff aka Dewey Martin died aged 68. He was musician (drums), performed and recorded with The Jive Rockets, Bernie Early & the Early Birds, Carl Perkins, The Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Charlie Rich, Faron Young, Roy Orbison, Lucky Lee & The Blue Diamonds, The Sons of Adam, The Standells, The Modern Folk Quartet and The Dillards, but was best known as member and drummer of Buffalo Springfield.
On January 11, 2017, Thomas Douglas Allsup died aged 85. He was musician (guitar) and music producer, working in western swing, rock and roll, and rockabilly genres. He recorded, performed and produced with Buddy Holly, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “the Big Bopper “Richardson, The Ventures, Ronnie Smith, Willie Nelson, Zager & Evans, Waylon Jennings, and Roy Orbison.
In January 1966, “MGM” label released “The Orbison Way”, the eighth Roy Orbison album. It was recorded July – November 1965, and was produced by Wesley Rose and Jim Vienneau.
- Roy Orbison – vocal
- Barry Bailey – guitar
- J.R. Cobb – guitar
- Rodney Justo – vocal, backing vocals
- Robert Nix – drums
- Dean Daughtry – keyboards
- Bill McElhiney – arranger
- Bill Malloy – engineer
- Val Valentin – director of engineering
- Ace Lehman – cover design
All tracks by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees, except where noted.
- Crawling Back
- It Ain’t No Big Thing
- Time Changed Everything – Buddy Buie, John Rainey Adkins
- This is My Land – Bill Dees
- The Loner – Bill Dees, John Rainey Adkins
- Breakin’ Up Is Brekin’ My Heart
- Go Away
- A New Star
- It Wasn’t Long Ago – Barry Booth
- Why Hurt the One Who Loves You?
In January 1961, “Monument Records” label released “Lonely and Blue”, the second Roy Orbison studio album. It was recorded September 1959, March, August, and September 1960, at “RCA Victor Studios” in Nashville, and was produced by Fred Foster.
- Roy Orbison – vocal, guitar
- Bill Porter – engineer
- Kevin Boutote – mastering
- Tommy Strong – technician
- Boudleaux Bryant – liner notes
- Only the Lonely – Roy Orbison, Joe Melson
- Bye Bye Love – Felice & Boudleaux Bryant
- Cry – Churchill Kohlman
- Blue Avenue – Roy Orbison, Joe Melson
- I Can’t Stop Loving You – Don Gibson
- Come Back to Me (My Love) – Roy Orbison,, Joe Melson
- Blue Angel – Roy Orbison, Joe Melson
- Raindrops – Joe Melson
- (I’d Be) A Legend in My Time – Don Gibson
- I’m Hurtin’ – Roy Orbison, Joe Melson
- Twenty-two Days – Gene Pitney
- I’ll Say It’s My Fault – Roy Orbison, Fred Foster
On December 3, 2001, Thomas Grady Martin died aged 72. He was musician (guitar), founder and leader of the band Grady Martin and Slew Foot Five (later Grady Martin and his Winging Strings). As a session guitarist he was member of the Nashville A-team, and in his 50-year career he recorded and performed with Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Leon Russell, Patsy Cline, J. J. Cale, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Horton, Conway Twitty, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Arlo Guthrie, Brenda Lee, Don Woody, Sammi Smith, Marty Robbins, and Johnny Burnette. In March 2015, Martin was inducted in the “Country Music Hall of Fame”.
On November 29, 2001, George Harrison died aged 58. He was musician (guitar), singer, songwriter, and music and movie producer, lead guitarist and occasional lead vocalist of The Beatles. His interest in folk music and especially in Indian music had serious influence on the band’s Hindu-aligned spirituality in the later years. Some of his songs composed for the band include “Here Comes the Sun”, “Something”, “Taxman”, “Within You Without You”, and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. After The Beatles broke-up in 1970, Harrison released the album “All Things Must Pass” which included the track “My Sweet Lord”, his most successful single, and the first solo single by any member of The Beatles that sold over million copies. In 1971, together with Ravi Shankar he organized “Concert for Bangladesh”, the first big benefit concert in the music history. In 1974, Harrison founded the music label “Dark Horse Records”, and co-founded movie label “Hand Made Films” in 1978. In 1988, with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison, he co-founded the supergroup The Travelling Wilburys. As a guitarist he recorded for Badfinger, Billy Preston, Bob Dylan, Duane Eddy, Randy Newman, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, and Tom Petty. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Harrison at number 11 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. In 1988, as a member of The Beatles he was inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and in 2004, posthumously for his solo career. As a solo artist, Harrison released twelve studio and two live albums.
On August 21, 2008, Murrey Mizell “Buddy” Harman, Jr. died aged 79. He was a musician (drums), as the first house drummer for “The Grand Ole Opry” can be heard on over 18,000 recordings. He recorded for artists such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Martha Carson, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Connie Francis, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, Ray Price, Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Eddy Arnold, Perry Como, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, and Gillian Welch.
On July 30, 2003, Samuel Cornelius Phillips died aged 80. He was record producer, radio DJ, and founder of “Sun Records” and “Sun Studio”, in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for “Muscle Shoals”, Alabama radio station “WLAY”. In 1951, Phillips recorded what is considered to be the first rock and roll record, “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats. He discovered and produced recordings by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Howlin’ Wolf.