Barbara Orbison was born on January 10, 1950. She was a German entrepreneur, music producer and publisher. However, she was mainly based in the United States of America. She was also the second wife of Roy Orbison.
She was born in Bielefeld, Germany. Her mother was Friedel Hitz and she was just 18 years old when she met Barbara Orbison’s father who was then 32 years old. Barbara Orbison got married on March 25, 1969, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. They had two sons; Roy Kelton Orbison Jr. who was born in 1970 and Alexander Orbison who was born in 1975.
The family of Orbison sometimes stayed in Nashville, Tennessee as well as in Malibu, California. In the 1980s, Barbara Orbison managed the career of her husband. She was the executive producer of his album, In Dreams: The Greatest Hits which was released in 1987.
She was also in charge of her husband’s music special, Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night released in January 1988.Barbara Orbison’s husband died on December 6, 1988, and as such, she had to take charge of his business affairs and also promote his music.
Barbara Orbison teamed up with artist Jeff Lynne to work on the posthumous release of the King of Hearts album in 2007. The release of the album was done in association with Sony BMG. She co-produced a European stage musical titled Only the Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story.
Barbara Orbison’s family home in Malibu was destroyed by bush fire. She relocated to Nashville where she bought a home and a commercial property to house her music publishing business. Her music publishing business was called Still Working Music and had songwriters, Tommy Lee James and Chase Bryant in her fold.
Barbara Orbison Cause of Death
Barbara Orbison died on December 6, 2011. She had been hospitalized from May 2011 before she died.
The cause of her death was pancreatic cancer. She was buried next to her husband at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.