“When I was a kid, my parents had a Roy Orbison record in their collection. When I heard him sing, I asked them if they thought there was a special device that was used to make him sound like that, and they said they didn’t think so. He sang so beautifully I just had to ask.”
– John Mellencamp talking about Roy Orbison
From Roy Orbison’s first national television appearance in 1960!
“UPTOWN” , his first single for Monument Records was recorded September 18th, 1959.
This video shows Roy without glasses and with his Gretsch White Falcon guitar. ( Orbison’s favorite guitar was a unique creation which he built himself by modifying a White Falcon painting it black and changing the fretboard to a Gibson neck. )
Roy Orbison Tattoo!
Roy Orbison & his Gretsch White Falcon Guitar
The Gretsch White Falcon Guitar is iconic in Rockabilly culture!
Originally introduced on the market in 1955 the White Falcon is easily recognizable due to its unique features- larger than av
Here’s Roy with his Gretsch White Falcon in the early 1960s!