Roy Orbison’s voice is one of the silkiest and most impressive of all time. He has a range of fans, and a variety of respected songwriters respect his craft.
We think it’s appropriate to honor him here today. A tribute to his voice, music, and legacy—all thanks to the passionate singing style, complex song structures, and emotional ballads of the Vernon, Texas-born crooner.
Roy Orbison was born in 1936 and died in 1988. He has a unique appearance with black sunglasses and dark hair. He received the honor of being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame only a year before dying.
Many fans mistakenly think that Roy Orbison was blind. He wasn’t; he began wearing his trademark dark sunglasses in 1963 for an upcoming British tour with The Beatles.
One of the most influential and iconic American songwriters in history, Orbison is best known for his song “Oh! Pretty Woman.” But there are so many gems to discover from his incredible career that it was almost impossible to pick ten.
Here is a list of the top ten songs by Roy Orbison and The Traveling Wilburys (including Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty). The songs range from his solo career and have some of the greatest tracks from his band’s albums.