In this special edition 132-page magazine we pay tribute to Roy Orbison, fondly known as ‘the Big O’.

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We chart Orbison’s exceptional career from his rise up the ranks as a young rockabilly signed to Sun Records, via his commercial breakthroughs at Monument and his tenure at MGM, through to the resurgence he enjoyed during his later years – crowned by his first top ten single in a quarter of a century.

We get to know the real man behind the sunglasses via in-depth interviews with Roy’s sons – Alex and Roy Jr – and erstwhile band member Danny Thompson, we examine his vast array of musical influences from country and western pioneers to rhythm and blues and lush orchestration – plus, we take a detailed look at four of his classic albums from across the decades – Roy Orbison At The Rock House, Crying, Crying Softly Lonely One and Mystery Girl – and deliver our top 40 of Roy’s essential tracks.

Further into the issue, there’s features on his sole MGM movie The Fastest Guitar Alive, his astounding super group Traveling Wilburys – with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne, and the many vinyl treasures on offer from rarities and curios to all-encompassing compilations.

On top of all that, we revisit Roy’s early UK tour with The Beatles, remember his infamous television special – the Black And White Night – and find out about the upcoming celebratory album and tour in conjunction with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Enjoy the issue!