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MOJO readers who enjoyed BBC4's recent Big O celebrations will wish to be informed that we have five copies of his new box set to give away, plus a pair of Orbison-branded sunglasses per winner. The box is a 3-disc package of Orbison's singles for the Monument label 1960-64, in glorious Mono for the first time since they were originally released.
Dogged by tragedy - Orbison lost his first wife Claudette in 1966 and two sons in a house fire two years later - Orbison and his tremulous counter-tenor were two of the most strikingly odd phenomena to emerge from the first wave of rock'n'roll. As Bob Dylan would note in Chronicles Vol. 1, "He sounded like he was singing from an Olympian mountaintop and he meant business."
Having scored an early local hit on Sun with Ooby-Dooby in 1956, Orbison's career plateaued until picking up with Nashville's Monument label in 1959. His string of defining, self-penned songs - including Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel), Crying, In Dreams, It's Over and stalkers' anthem Oh, Pretty Woman - evinced a gothic desperation that seemed to chime utterly with his otherworldly appearance.
Here's a pretty good Big O mini-doc with Bono and Barry Gibb paying tribute...
And here's that competition...
To be in with a chance of winning one of our five prizes, answer the following question correctly: In which David Lynch-directed movie did the Orbison song In Dreams play a prominent role?
a) Wild At Heart
b) Blue Velvet
Don't forget to include email and postal address and get your entry in by Monday, May 23.
High, Lonesome Terms & Conditions
• No prizes can be traded or exchanged for a cash alternative
• Closing date for this competition is May 23, 2011
• All entrants are responsible for including correct contact details
• The judges' decision is final and no negotiation or debate will be entered into.
• All winners will be notified by email.
• This competition is open to all UK readers, except employees and associates of Bauer and their families.
Posted by Danny_Eccleston at 12:00 PM GMT 12/05/2011