Story Behind the Song: ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ by Roy Orbison
Regarded as one of the greatest songs of all time, it was a number one hit for Roy Orbison. "Oh, Pretty Woman" spent three weeks at the top of the charts in the fall of 1964.
It won Orbison numerous awards even after his death. Orbison, who died in 1988 at age 52, co-wrote the song with Bill Dees.
The title was inspired by Orbison's wife, Claudette, interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out. When Orbison asked if she had enough cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected, "A pretty woman never needs any money."
Let it be known that along with Roy Orbison's incredible voice, there were a line up of musicians behind him that one would only dream of.
There were four guitar players on the session: Roy Orbison, Billy Sanford, Jerry Kennedy, and Wayne Moss. Other musicians on the record included Floyd Cramer on piano, Bob Moore on an upright bass, Boots Randolph and Charlie McCoy on sax, and Buddy Harman and Paul Garrison on drums.