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Roy Orbison given Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Roy Orbison's family
Barbara Orbison celebrates with his three sons, Wesley, Alex and Roy

The late rock'n'roll legend Roy Orbison has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Orbison's widow Barbara accepted the star on his behalf on Friday at a ceremony attended by Eric Idle, Chris Isaak and Dan Aykroyd.

Orbison died of a heart attack in 1988, aged 52. His hits include Only the Lonely, Oh, Pretty Woman and Crying.

In later life, he joined The Traveling Wilburys - their greatest hits album was number one in the UK in 2007.

The band formed in 1988 and produced two albums.

Aykroyd paid tribute to Orbison, describing him as a great balladeer and rock'n'roller.

Chart success

Orbison was born in Texas in 1936.

After many years of playing with various bands he scored his first international hit with Only The Lonely in 1960.

The ballad went to number one in Britain, staying in the charts for over six months.

A succession of hits followed including his biggest seller Oh, Pretty Woman, which sold around seven million copies in 1964 alone.

His life was hit by tragedy in 1966, when his first wife Claudette was killed in a motorcycle accident. Two years later, two of their three sons died when his house burned down.

He was remarried to Barbara in 1969 and had two more sons, Alex and Roy.



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