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Argument with wife sparks Orbison’s biggest hit

Roy Orbison

Oh, Pretty Woman

Monument

Release Date: August 18th, 1964

Words by: Roland Ellis
March 26th, 1965

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The opening guitar line would have to be one of the most recognisable in history. Following it up with a voice like Orbison’s and a melody for the ages is not exactly a disastrous turn of events either.

Turning mole-hills into mountains; harvard.edu into Facebook; one man’s dream into the coolest-cooler:

"Oh, Pretty Woman" was the biggest hit of Orbison’s career (7 million copies sold), and according to the late singer, it was inspired by a petty argument he had with his wife at the time.

Argument with wife sparks Orbison’s biggest hit Roy Orbison - February 1965

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