This is the second 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.


This episode covers the last decades of his career with a particular focus on his triumph over multiple personal tragedies. Our resident Rockologist, Ken Deutsch, will spotlight Roy Orbison’s movie career and interview one of Roy’s sons – Roy Orbison, Junior, who’ll offer some insights into the unique performing persona his father projected and the living legacy his father left behind

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