Roy Orbison gets his Star

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Roy Orbison gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star

 

Family members from left, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison, background center, and Westly Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Friday Jan. 29, 2010 in the Hollywood Section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

 

 

Late rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Roy Orbison has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

Orbison’s widow Barbara accepted the star in front of the Capitol Records building on his behalf on Friday. Orbison died in 1988 at the age of 52, in the midst of a comeback with The Traveling Wilburys, a whimsical supergroup that included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

 

Lynne attended the ceremony, as did Eric Idle, Chris Isaak, Joe Walsh and Dwight Yoakam.

 

Orbison was famous for the wide range of his distinctive and emotional voice, especially in his songs about unrequited love like “Only the Lonely,” ”Crying,” ”In Dreams” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

 

Actor Dan Aykroyd says Orbison was a great balladeer and a great rock ‘n’ roller who could be both gentle and vicious. (AP)

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3 Responses to “Roy Orbison gets his Star”

  1. Wouldn’t it be great to see his grave marked at Westwood?

  2. Landman says:

    It’s about time Roy had his Star on the walk of fame. He was a very talented man and thanks to his recordings, we can hear him for ever! The Movie “Pretty Woman” can now be thought of every time we see his Star on the walk of Fame. Thank you Roy, and God bless your family.

  3. StereOldie says:

    The very first time I heard Roy Orbison was in 1960, while home sick from school as a kid. The song was Only The Lonely.

    From the very first strains of that opening chorus of dum-dee-doo-wah, to the closing notes of his plaintiff, emotional voice, I knew he was going to be a star.

    I hadn’t heard any of his earlier Sun Records rock-a-billy material until much later, but Only The Lonely and Running Scared are two songs that have stuck with me all my life.

    Roy was a brilliant singer, songwriter and artist taken from us far, far too soon.

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