Barbara Orbison: Widow of Roy Orbison


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The Independent Online

Barbara Orbison, who died on 6 December aged 60 of pancreatic cancer, was the widow of Roy Orbison, and since his death in 1988 she had devoted her time to managing his estate and keeping his legacy alive. With her son, Roy Kelton Orbison Jr, she co-produced a four-CD box set of her husband's 107 recordings. The package marked the first all-inclusive body of Roy Orbison's work from his earliest recordings to the Traveling Wilburys' debut album, his final studio album Mystery Girl and his last live performance.

In 1998, Barbara issued Combo Concert on her label Orbison Records, previously unreleased live recordings from 1965. The same year she accepted the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award on her husband's behalf. In 2010 she accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Roy's behalf. Her music publishing company Still Working Music was awarded BMI's 2010 Song of the Year for Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me".

Barbara Orbison, businesswoman: born 10 January 1950; died 6 December 2011.