Joe Melson may be the most unsung hero of song writing. Joe co-wrote and styled a part of Roy Orbison’s career that we love so much. These songs have been played literally millions of times since the early 60’s. Such songs include “Only the Lonely,” “Crying,” “Blue Bayou,” “Blue Angel,” “Running Scared,” and the list goes on and on. We hope you will enjoy this web site and all the nuggets of information found here.
Melson Inducted Into Rockabilly Hall of Fame
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Joe Melson was inducted into the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tennessee on August 8, 2002. BMI representative, John Lomax III, delivered Melson’s induction speech, defining Joe’s history of writing and recording in the rock-n-roll industry. During this event, credit was given to Joe for the creation of “the Roy Orbison sound.” At the time, Melson’s songs had over 15 million confirmed airplays in the United States alone, not including airplay overseas where his songs were bigger than Elvis.
The ceremonies were held at the Garden Plaza Hotel in correlation with the 50th Anniversary of Sun Records. Henry Harrison of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame presented Mr. Melson with his award and created a special showcase of Joe’s career in the Hall of Fame itself. Others present were Ace Cannon, Wanda Jackson, Sonny Burgess, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, and some of the original members of Bill Haley and the Comets. Many of the artists performed for the audience in attendance.