It’s Been 50 Years Since ‘Pretty Woman’ Made Billboard’s Top 50 [Video]
That 'Pretty Woman' walked down the street a long time ago! In fact, Roy Orbison's hit song "Oh, Pretty Woman" was at the top of the Billboard charts 50 years ago.
Orbison wrote the song with his friend Bill Dees for Orbison's first wife, Claudette. “[Claudette] came bopping down the stairs and said, ‘Give me some money’. ‘What do you need money for?’ [Roy] said. She said ‘Well, I’ve got to go to the store’, and as she walked away they were whispering and kissing bye bye, away from me," Dees told NPR once.
"I stood up at the table, and he came back to the table, and I said ‘Does this sound funny? [singing] Pretty woman, don’t need no money’. He laughed, and he said ‘There’s nothing funny about pretty woman’. He right away started, [singing] ‘Pretty woman, walking down the street’. By the time she got back, we had it written.” There might be nothing funny about a pretty woman, but there certainly is something lasting about her.
So, how about an All-Star jam session featuring Roy and his famous song, with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Tom Waits, kd lang, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, T Bone Burnett, Steven Soles and Jennifer Warnes providing back up?