BMI legend Roy Orbison’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled during a ceremony tomorrow, January 29 in Los Angeles. Barbara Orbison will accept the posthumous honor, and will be joined by the couple’s two sons Alex and Roy Jr., while BMI President & CEO Del Bryant will also attend to help celebrate the life and career of one of American music’s most enduring icons.
One of the founding fathers of rock-and-roll, Roy Orbison defined a genre even as he defied categorization. Parts shimmering pop, thumping rockabilly, raw soul, juke-joint honky tonk, and fiery rock-and-roll, his music made him one of the world’s first international superstars. He became one of the only artists ever to win Grammys in pop, rock and roll and country categories, and his influence on contemporary pop and rock is immeasurable.
His new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame fittingly underscores a legacy that remains vital, and indefatigably continues to grow.
Read more about the career of Roy Orbison in a BMI MusicWorld cover story penned by Ari Surdoval.
About The Hollywood Walk of Fame
It began with the installation of a few demonstration stars in August 1958, the first of which was dedicated to actor Preston Foster. Officially dedicated in November 1960, the Walk now features 2,393 stars in the categories of television, radio, live theatre, motion pictures and recording. The Walk of Fame ceremonies draw international media attention and throngs of people to catch a glimpse of a favorite celebrity or Hollywood industry leader. It is one of the top tourist draws in Los Angeles and most recognizable images of Hollywood, along with The Hollywood Sign.
Follow the Walk of Fame 50th Anniversary plans, news of upcoming star ceremonies and video clips from the ceremonies at www.WalkOfFame.com.