Anthony King Orbison (1962 - 1968)

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Anthony King Orbison
1962 - 1968
June 29, 1962
Nashville, Tennessee United States
September 14, 1968
Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee USA
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Anthony King Orbison was born on June 29, 1962 in Nashville, Tennessee United States. He is the child of Roy Kelton Orbison and Claudette Frady, with siblings Roy and Wesley. He died on September 14, 1968 in Hendersonville, Tennessee USA at age 6.
Updated: August 5, 2022
Anthony King Orbison's parents were Roy Kelton Orbison (1936 - 1988), who was a singer and songwriter, and Claudette Frady (1941 -1966), who was Roy's first wife. He had two siblings, Roy Dewayne Orbison and Wesley. Tragically, two years before Anthony, called Tony, and his older brother, Roy Dewayne, died in a house fire, their mother Claudette died in a motorcycle accident on June 6, 1966 in Gallatin, Tennessee. The hits to the singer and songwriter father kept coming, as on September 14, 1968 the Orbison family home on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee, burned to the ground, killing Anthony and his older brother Roy Dewayne. Youngest child Wesley, who was 3 at the time of the fire, was saved by father Roy's parents. He had been on tour in England when the fire happened. Anthony King Orbison: Obituary Another obituary for the six year old appeared in The Tennessean on Monday September 16 1968. See the details at Anthony Orbison Tennessean Obituary.
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Anthony King Orbison
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Anthony King Orbison
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Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee United States
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Anthony Orbison was born on in Nashville, Tennessee United States
Anthony Orbison died on in Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee USA
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Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
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Born in Nashville Tennessee, Tony died just 6 years later in Hendersonville Tennessee.


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Anthony Orbison Tennessean Obituary

This obituary appeared in the Tennessean (Nashville Tennessee) on September 16, 1968 Monday Orbison, Anthony (Tony) King - Saturday, September 14, 1968, at his residence, Caldwell Drive. Survived by father, Roy Orbison, one brother, Wesley Orbison, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Orbison, of Hendersonville and Mr. and Mrs. Chester Frady of Texas. Remains are at the Phillip Robinson Hendersonville Chapel where funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, September 17, 1968 at 10 a.m. by Bro. Ira North. The following will please serve as pallbearers: Lon Collins, Otis Deck, Otis Deck Jr, Whitney Young, Bell Dees, Grady Orbison. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park. Phillips Robinson Hendersonville Chapel, 8246513. Visitation after 12 Monday, September 16.
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From the Find A Grave Memorial: Son of singer Roy Orbison. Anthony King and his older brother Roy Dewayne was killed in a family house fire in Hendersonville Tennessee. Roy Orbison endured a great deal of tragedy in his relatively short life. His first wife, Claudette Frady died in a motorcycle accident on June 6, 1966 in Gallatin, Tennessee. On September 14, 1968, the Orbison family home at Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee, burned to the ground while Orbison was touring in England. Two of his three sons, Roy Jr. (b. 1958) and Anthony (b. 1962), died in the fire. His youngest son Wesley, who was three at the time, was saved by Orbison's parents.

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In 1962, in the year that Anthony King Orbison was born, on August 5th, actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe died in Brentwood California. She was ruled to have died from suicide due to a drug overdose. There has been controversy regarding the circumstances ever since, due to her relationships with Jack and Bobby Kennedy.

In 1968, in the year of Anthony King Orbison's passing, on June 5th, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan after celebrating his win in the California presidential primary. He died the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital.

In 1969, at the age of merely 7 years old, Anthony was alive when in August, a previously planned small concert turned into a (free) more than 400,000 strong gathering of attendees and bands at Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York - now called Woodstock. Just some of the 32 acts: Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe, Santana, The Band, and Sly and the Family Stone.

In 1970, at the age of just 8 years old, Anthony was alive when on April 10th, Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles. (John Lennon had previously told the band that he was leaving but hadn't publicly announced it.) By the end of the year, each Beatle had his own album.

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