Did You Know: Roy Orbinson’s “Pretty Woman”

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roy orbinson Did You Know: Roy Orbinsons Pretty Woman

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We’ll take caller # 6 when “(Oh) Pretty Woman” by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Roy Orbison[/lastfm] plays between 2 and 3 this afternoon.


Roy Orbison was writing with his songwriting partner Bill Dees at his house when he told Dees to get started writing and playing anything that came to mind.

Orbison’s wife, Claudette, came in and said she was going shopping. Orbison asked if she needed any money, and Dees cracked, “Pretty women never needs any money.”

They wrote “Pretty Woman” on a Friday, the following Friday they recorded it, and the next Friday it was out. The hit reached # 1 both in the US and in the UK.

Roy was enjoying a career revival with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Traveling Wilburys[/lastfm], with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Jeff Lynn, when he died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988 at age 52.

Remember, caller #6 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) will win those Big Bear Mountain Resort lift tickets!

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