Barbara Orbison

German-american Record Producer and Philanthropist
Born Jan 10, 1950

Barbara Orbison was a German-born United States-based entrepreneur, music producer/publisher, and the widow of American musician Roy Orbison.

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1950 Birth Born in 1950.


1968 18 Years Old Barbara Anne Marie Wellhöner Jakobs was born in Bielefeld, Germany. On July 21, 1968, Barbara (then 18 years old) met the 32-year-old Orbison when he asked friends to introduce him to her at a nightclub in Leeds, England, during Orbison's tour of Great Britain. They married on March 24, 1969, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. … Read More


1987 37 Years Old During the 1980s, she managed her husband's career and was the executive producer of his 1987 album, In Dreams: The Greatest Hits plus his highly acclaimed January 1988 televised music special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night.
1988 38 Years Old Following her husband's death on December 6th 1988, she took charge of his business affairs and dedicated herself to promoting his music to ensuing generations. … Read More


1991 41 Years Old Orbison was also involved with charitable causes in aid of the homeless. For Showtime, in 1991, she produced a Roy Orbison tribute at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles that raised in excess of $1 million for the city's homeless. … Read More


2011 61 Years Old 1 More Event
She produced Damien Leith's album, Roy: A Tribute To Roy Orbison, which was released by Sony BMG in Australia on April 15, 2011 to coincide with what would have been Roy Orbison's 75th birthday.
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