Born in 1936 in Texas, Roy Orbison was a singer-songwriter best known for his complex musical arrangements and wide vocal range. His look was effortlessly cool, with dark sunglasses, a leather jacket and slicked back hair, which would become his trademark style, recognised the world over.Cited by many as a rock and roll pioneer, his major hits were ‘Oh Pretty Woman’ (1964), ‘It’s Over’ (1964) and ‘Only The Lonely’ (1960). Orbison swayed between genres over his career, but never straying from bluesy rock and romantic ballads. Following the tragedies of the deaths of his wife and children, (in 1966 and 1968 respectively) Orbison kept a low profile, rarely touring until the late 1970s.
Orbison was initiated into the second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 by longtime admirer Bruce Springsteen, and was on the brink of a major comeback in 1988 when he died of a sudden heart attack aged 52.
Roy Orbison played at the Globe on March 6 1965 with support from The Rockin’ Berries, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers and Marianne Faithful.