|Like all early white rockers, Roy Orbison began as a country singer. By the early 50's he was performing
professionally under the guidance of Norman Petty (later Buddy Holly's manager), though his break came when Johnny Cash,
then signed to Sun, put him in touch with that label. Orbison sent a tape of "Ooby Dooby" ("because that was the kind of
material that Sun was releasing at the time") and got himself a deal. In December 1988 at the age of 52, Roy Orbison died
suddenly from a heart attack at Hendersonville Hospital in Hendersonville Tennessee, after complaining of chest pains
at the home of his mother....Biography.