Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll

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  • Closed Dec 1, 2011
  • Regular Hours:
    M-F 10:30am - 6:30pm,
    Sat-Sun 10:00am - 6:30pm

The GRAMMY Museum is pleased to debut a new exhibit, Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll. Housed on the Museum's fourth floor, the exhibit will explore the life and legacy of music legend and cultural enigma Roy Orbison. The exhibit is launching in celebration of Orbison's 75th birthday year.

Best recognized around the world for his otherworldly voice and black sunglasses, Roy Orbison was both Rock & Roll pioneer and prototypical singer-songwriter, beginning with his first high school band (The Wink Westerners) and shifting into mass consciousness in the 1960s with a string of singles for the Monument label that defined an artist and helped launch a label.

Bringing together more than 40 diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the exhibit features items from the private collection of Orbison's widow, Barbara and family. On display, visitors will see a wide-ranging array of items, including:

  • Orbison's prescription black-framed sunglasses
  • Handwritten set list, signed by Orbison
  • Several of Orbison's guitars
  • Handwritten lyrics and letters
  • Orbison ticket stubs, concert posters, fan memorabilia
  • And much more, including an exciting selection of biographical films and archived footage