Thursday, May 9, 2024

Randy's Cousins -- 9th cousin 1x Removed Roy Orbison (1936-1988), the Famous Singer, Songwriter and Musician

  This week's famous cousin is Roy Kelton Orbison (1936-1988), the famous American singer, songwriter and musician.

Here is his FamilySearch Family Tree short biography:
When Roy Kelton Orbison was born on 23 April 1936, in Vernon, Wilbarger, Texas, United States, his father, Orbie Lee Orbison, was 23 and his mother, Nadine Vesta Shults, was 21. He married Claudette Frady in September 1957, in Kermit, Winkler, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Gallatin, Sumner, Tennessee, United States in 1988 and Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States in 1988. In 1953, his occupation is listed as american singer, songwriter, and musician. He died on 6 December 1988, in Hendersonville, Sumner, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Westwood Memorial Park, Westwood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Here is the first paragraph of his Wikipedia biography.

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist known for his distinctive and powerful voice, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. Orbison's music is mostly in the rock genre and his most successful periods were in the early 1960s and the late 1980s. His music was described by critics as operatic, earning him the nicknames "The Caruso of Rock" and "The Big O". Many of Orbison's songs conveyed vulnerability at a time when most male rock-and-roll performers projected machismo. He performed with minimal motion and in black clothes, matching his dyed black hair and dark sunglasses.

The FamilySearch Family Tree indicates that I am his 9th cousin once removed. Here is the closest relationship path from Relative Finder:

My most recent common ancestors with cousin Roy Orbison are my 8th great-grandparents Richard Cutter (1621-1693) and Elizabeth --?-- (1620-1662).

Are you related to Roy Orbison?  Check out his profile on the FamilySearch Family Tree and click the "View Relationship" link at the top of the page.  Note that you have to have your profile connected to the FamilySearch Family Tree in order for this to work.

This shows that you never know to whom you might be related!!!  I'm having lots of Genealogy Fun.  Click here to see all of my famous cousins.


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