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Did You Know: “(Oh) Pretty Woman” By Roy Orbison

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Tickets @2 features a #1 hit from 1964 by the late great Roy Orbison, it’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman.”

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

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

Inspired, Orbison started singing, “Pretty Woman walking down the street.” They wrote “Pretty Woman” on a Friday, the next Friday they recorded it, and the next Friday it was being played on the radio.

Roy enjoyed a revival of his career in the ’80s joining up with The Traveling Wilbury’s, with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, and Jeff Lynne. As he was enjoying a career revival, he died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988 at age 52.

When we play it between two and three we’ll take caller #6 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) to score a pair of tickets to see the Pacific Symphony perform a Tchaikovsky Spectacular August 25th at the Verizon Wireless Amphiteatre.

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