This is the first of two episodes saluting one of the most unique and enduring talents in rock and roll history. He recorded hits in four decades – the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. And his posthumous platters also charted in the 1990s. He’s best known for his soaring voice, but it’s not well known that he composed or co-composed most of his own hit songs. He’s Roy Orbison.

During our Roy Orbison retrospective, we’ll sample all of his hit singles, plus the original versions by artists who inspired him. Then you’ll hear the charted remakes of his hits by other singers. And we’ll revisit hits he wrote expressly for other performers.

We’ll also spotlight Roy Orbison’s special connections with Pat Boone, Buddy Holly, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles, among many others. 

And our resident Rockologist, Ken Deutsch, will be along with more history about Roy Orbison’s career.

Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll