Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Roy Orbison



Today is singer-songwriter and guitarist Roy Orbison's birthday. He was a pioneer of rock and roll with an international career that spanned four decades. His remarkable lyrical styling and rock ballads influenced the Beatles and Rolling Stones, and it was as a performer on a European Beatles' tour that a long lasting urban legend grew up around him. He'd misplaced his prescription glasses just prior to going on stage and had to grab his prescription sunglasses to get through the set. By the time he returned to the States, the dark glasses had become his trademark and many people assumed he was blind. Not so. Although he passed away suddenly in 1988, his soaring vocals and songwriting skills endure and seem remarkably fresh in the 21st century, especially his ensemble work with The Travelin' Wilburys.

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