- Hit songs include "Only The Lonely," "Running Scared," "Crying," and "Oh Pretty Woman"
- Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame
- Multiple Grammy awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award
A founding father of rock and roll, he became one of the most distinctive voices in popular music with his four-octave range and lyrically sophisticated, rhythmically advanced songs. One of the original Sun Records artists alongside Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, he moved to Nashville in 1960 and signed with Monument Records. Over four decades he created the soundtrack for millions of lives with songs like "Only The Lonely," "Running Scared," "Crying," "Oh Pretty Woman," "Handle With Care," and "You Got It." He enjoyed incredible success all over the world: tour mates included Patsy Cline and the Beach Boys, among others, as well as opening acts the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In tribute to his wide-ranging influence are multiple Grammy Awards and memberships in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. When Roy Orbison died in 1988, he had two albums in the top 5, one with the Traveling Wilburys and a solo effort.
Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on November 5, 2006.