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Roy Orbison at 70

Sunday, April 23 2006 marks the 70th anniversary of the birth of Roy Orbison.  He was born in Vernon, Texas, in 1936, and went on to become one of the most iconic singers and songwriters in America before passing away too early in 1988.  A petition to have his likeness emblazoned on a U.S. postage stamp is online at royorbison.com, a new compilation of the "Essential Roy Orbison" has just been released on compact disc, and this month, the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland opened a major exhibition dedicated to the sunglasses-wearing superstar.  Texas Public Radio's Nathan Cone spoke with Orbison Records Vice President Jed Hilly about Orbison's life and music.

Nathan has been with TPR since 1995, when he began working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.” He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.