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 – “Only the Lonely” from Black and White Night (1988)
Singer and musician Roy Orbison without his trademark sunglasses