Roy Orbison honoured with 'Walk of Fame'

MUMBAI: Roy Orbison has been posthumously honoured with the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The star was accepted by Orbison‘s widow Barbara at a ceremony attended by Eric Idle, Chris Isaak and Dan Aykroyd.

Orbison drew fans worldwide with his five-octave range and a songwriting style that connected with teenagers who knew how unrequited love and loneliness felt. Orbison is also credited with bringing rock ‘n‘ roll to Nashville and helping inspire the British Invasion.

Orbison was an American singer-songwriter and musician, well known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads.

Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly / country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success was with Monument Records in the early 1960s where 22 of his songs placed on the Top Forty, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "In Dreams", and "Oh, Pretty Woman". His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songs and the use of one in a film by David Lynch revived his career in the 1980s.

He joined the supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys, with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne and released an album in 1988. He died of a heart attack at the age of 52, at the zenith of his resurgence.

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