Roy Orbison would have been 74 today.
The man whom Elvis Presley called “an opera singer” was one of the original rock ‘n’ roll crooners.
The Grammy Award-winning Orbison was gifted with a five-octave voice and got his start at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records Studio – where Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, to name a few, got their start.
With hits such as “Ooby Dooby,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Only the Lonely,” “Blue Bayou,” “Crying” and “It’s Over,” Orbison, who always wore his trademark shades and was part o the Traveling Wilburys with Tom Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan, made his mark on the music world.
His influences have streamed through the years, and his songs have been covered by bands and artists such as Don McLean, Van Halen, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt, the Morning Benders, Al Green, Martina McBride, the Hollies, Dwight Yoakam, Glen Campell, Donny Osmond, k.d. lang, Vonda Shepard, U2 and even T’pau.
So, happy birthday Roy.
You are still and will always be missed.