"The Roses", a vocal group, were organized in 1956. They attended Odessa Jr. College in
Odessa, Texas with Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings. The group consisted of Robert Linville,
tenor; Ray Rush, baritone; and David Bigham, bass. They performed at high school dances,
community events and on local television.
In March of 1957, "The Roses" traveled with Roy Orbison to Clovis, New Mexico to record at the
Norm Petty Recording Studio. At this time, they met Buddy Holly and the Crickets. "The Roses"
got an opportunity to work with Buddy and the band when another group didn't show for the session.
Norman Petty liked their work and asked "The Roses" to move to Clovis to be available as a staff
vocal group. During 1957, "The Roses" did vocal back-up for numerous artists:
Buddly Holly and The Crickets: "Fool's Paradise," "Lonesome Times," "Think It Over," "It's So Easy," and others.
Jerry Allison: "Ivan," "Real Wild Child"
Sonny Curtis: "Talk About My Baby"
Buddy Knox: "Somebody Touched Me," "To Be with You," "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself"
Roy Orbison: "Ooby Dooby," "Fools Hall of Fame," "Devil Doll," "Sweet and Easy to Love"
Don Lanier: "Tease," "Right Now"
Waylon Jennings: "When Sin Stops" (produced by Buddy Holly, Waylon was 16-tears-old)
"The Roses" were also under contract with Dot Records and recorded the vocal version of "Almost
Paradise," written by Norman Petty. In 1957 and 1958, "The Roses" were involved in sessions almost
every night at the Petty Studio
In the Fall of 1958, "The Roses" toured with Buddy Holly and the Crickets on Alan Freed's Fall
Show of Stars. "The Roses" were the only vocal group to travel and perform on stage with Buddy Holly.
"The Roses" participated in a Benefit Show in Oklahoma City with Bobby Vee for the Bomb Victims
Relief Fund. Since then, "The Roses" have done several concerts with Bobby Vee and the Vees.
"The Roses" appeared at the "Winter Dance Party" in Clear Lake, Iowa with The Crickets.
"The Roses" were inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. They also recorded with The Shackshakers,
The Fireballs and Jerry Naylor.
1986 to Present
"The Roses" co-produce The Norman and Vi Petty Music Festival in June of each year.
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