Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sun Records: Ooby Dooby

He was known as the “Big O” and Roy Orbison and The Teen Kings had recorded the song “Ooby Dooby” on a small, local Texas label in 1955. Impressed by the group, Sam Phillips signed The Teen Kings to Sun Records in 1956 and rerecorded “Ooby Dooby” in 1956.


Orbison’s first major release, “Ooby Dooby,” was a minor hit for Sun and only peaked at #59 on the national charts. While the single only sold 200 thousand copies, it was enough to gain him some notoriety which was compounded by his touring with other Sun artists. His greatest chart successes, however, came when he signed to Monument Records in 1959 where he had nine Top 10 pop singles and four Top 10 adult contemporary hits.

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