See Roy Orbison without his sunglasses: What the legendary music man looked like shade-free

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Roy Orbison with red guitar

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Once his musical career got established, the multi-talented Roy Orbison (1936-1988) was rarely seen without his trademark dark shades. We found a few different photos of the man without any glasses on to allow you a closer look at this talented star.

The story goes that Roy had poor vision from a young age, so needed to wear glasses. Sometime around 1962, though, he left his regular eyeglasses on a plane, and had to go onstage with his prescription sunglasses instead.

He soon realized that he liked the dark glasses better under the bright stage lights… and so Roy Orbison’s trademark style was born.

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Roy Orbison without his sunglasses

Roy Orbison without sunglasses - and you can even see his eyes

Young Roy Orbison without sunglasses

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Roy Orbison – “Only the Lonely” from Black and White Night (1988)


Singer and musician Roy Orbison without his trademark sunglasses

Roy Orbison without sunglasses

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