Roy Orbison Classic To Receive Iconic Riff Award
One of rock and roll's greatest guitar riffs is receiving special recognition. On Jan. 28, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will posthumously honor legendary musician Roy Orbison with the Iconic Riff Award for his classic song, "Oh, Pretty Woman." Co-written by Orbison and Bill Dees, "Oh, Pretty Woman" was released as a single in 1964 and spent three weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the midst of Beatle-mania, the single also topped the British charts for three weeks.
Artists as diverse as Al Green and Van Halen have covered the song, with Van Halen scoring a hit with their searing version in 1982. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors musicians from all genres and eras of recorded music, and inductees are nominated by current members of the American Federation of Musicians and by other music industry professionals. Orbison has the distinction of being the first-ever recipient of this newly created award.