--UNOFFICIAL-- BotB: Singers & Songwriters: Round 3 Roy Orbison vs Elvis Costello

a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
edited November 2008 in History of Rock
wikipedia said:
Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed "The Big O," was an influential Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, guitarist and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. Orbison is best known for the songs, "Ooby Dooby," "Only the Lonely," "In Dreams," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Crying," "Running Scared," "You Got It". He was known for his smooth tenor voice, which could jump three octaves with little trouble. He was rarely seen on stage without his trademark black sunglasses. In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1989, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Only the Lonely:

Ooby Dooby:

It's Over:

Blue Bayou:


wikipedia said:
Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus 25 August 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, with Irish ancestry.[1] Costello came to prominence as an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-1970s, and later became associated with the punk rock and New Wave musical genres, before establishing his own unique voice in the 1980s. Steeped in wordplay, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs, and his music has drawn on dozens of genres. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, "Costello, the pop encyclopedia, can reinvent the past in his own image".[2]

Costello and Canadian jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall were married on December 6, 2003 at Elton John's estate outside London. Their first children together, twin sons Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, were born December 6, 2006 in New York City.
Oliver's Army:


Watching The Detectives:

Pump It Up:


  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited November 2008
    Voted for Roy. Elvis is a tremendous songwriter, but he'd be hard pressed to top Orbison for sheer pipes.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    i really had to think about this one because both are truly incredible, but i think elvis just barely edges roy out.
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited November 2008
    afterstasis;1598116 said:
    i really had to think about this one because both are truly incredible, but i think elvis just barely edges roy out.
    i think this is the most difficult choice out of this round, the first was Dylan vs Denver, the last one is gonna be a 3 way (Joni Mitchell, Jim Croce, and Paul Simon) and it seems like it will be a blowout

    but Veronica and Oliver's Army are two of my favorite songs, but its hard to pass up Roy, such a great voice and memorable songs
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited November 2008
    if i were to take my top 5 songs from each artist, roy would win... but elvis has more of a variety that i really enjoy.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited November 2008
    This match was really tough for me, too. Both musicians are probably two of the greatest songwriters and lyricists to ever grace this earth, but I ultimately voted for Roy, based on the strength of his voice. Roy's voice is prettier, although Elvis' sarcasm-drenched singing complements his songs very well...now that I think about it, I probably should have voted for Elvis...
  • obsoleteshockobsoleteshock Road Warrior
    edited November 2008
    Songwriting always tends to edge out singing chops for me when evaluating singer-songwriters, so Elvis Costello takes the cake here by a decent margin. Orbison did have pipes, though.
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