SUN SOUNDS: “OOBY DOOBY”- ROY ORBISON

Roy Orbison - Sun Records Digital Art by David Richardson

Sun Sounds- “Ooby Dooby”- Roy Orbison. “Ooby Dooby” was written by two college students at North Texas -Dick Penner and Wade Moore in the winter of 1955. They had taken a six pack to the roof of their frat house and wrote the song in ten minutes. Moore would be the first person to record and release it. Another young student at North Texas named Roy Orbison was aware of the song and later in 1955 recorded a demo of it- sent it to Columbia- they weren’t interested. A second recording by Orbison of “Ooby Dooby” later took place at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico- where Buddy Holly got his start. This recording was released on the Je-Wel label. It was Orbison’s first record. Then on March 20, 1956 Roy Orbison had a recording session at Sun Studio’s and recorded “Ooby Dooby” again–and it was released on Sun Records where it sold over 250,000 copies and became Roy Orbison’s first chart record- #53. “Ooby Dooby” would be covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival on their Cosmos Factory album.

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