Roy Orbison's son reveals why he started wearing dark glasses

music news 10/01/2018

Roy Orbison's sons have collaborated on their late father's biography to help clear up some misunderstandings relating to his life.

Known as Roy's Boys, Roy Jr. Wesley and Alex Orbison recently published The Authorized Roy Orbison.

The book talks about how Roy accidentally formed his sunglasses image while on a U.K tour with the Beatles back in 1963.

“He had left his regular glasses on a plane, right before the tour," Roy Jr. told Rolling Stone. "He had the dark glasses with him and decided to keep wearing them. Dad wasn't able to see without glasses. When he got off the plane in England, people were taking pictures and that's what they saw, Dad with the dark glasses."

The book also includes memories contibuted by Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Joe Walsh.

“Dad was a recluse on the level of a Greta Garbo or a Howard Hughes, so there was not a lot written about him,” Roy Jr said. “I think he is one of the most misunderstood artists of all time, and there is so much misinformation about him. In completing his memoirs, the truth was very important to us. This book is a personal account of our dad and we tried to present it in an entertaining way.”

Roy Orbison died in 1998 at the age of 52.

“He was in the midst of writing a book on his own life before he died,” Roy Jr. said. “My mom worked on it after Dad's death. It was kind of left to us to do it. The 'Orbison Vault,' as we call it, had a lot of the photographs and tour items. We collected a lot of photos from all over the world.”

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock