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The great Roy Orbison would have been 80 years old this weekend (April 23rd).

Born in Vernon, Texas, Orbison, with his operatic voice, went on to become one of the greatest singers, songwriters and guitarists of the Top 40 Rock ‘n Roll era.

He passed away on December 6th, 1988 at the age of only 52.

Here’s a blog post I put together about Roy last October on the anniversary of his biggest Billboard Hot 100 chart success, Oh, Pretty Woman, hitting #1 in 1964. TWO different versions of OPW are presented.

Also included is a video of Roy performing his signature tune on the HBO television tribute special titled Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night. The concert was filmed at the Ambassador Hotel’s famed Coconut Grove nightclub in L.A. on September 30, 1987 (about 14 months before Orbison’s death) and includes a who’s-who of talent that participated.

As well, it touches on his work as a member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.

Also heard is some work by his famed back-up group, The Candymen – specifically their 1967 charted single Georgia Pines.

Roy’s final hit record, 1989’s posthumously-released You Got It, is also featured.

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ROY ORBISON: His Biggest Hit Was Sitting ‘Pretty’ At The Top

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