Roy Orbison and one of his songwriting partners, Bill Dees, were sitting at the kitchen table as Orbison’s wife was leaving the house to go shopping. Orbison asked her if she needed any money and Dees responded with the line, “A pretty woman never needs any money.” By the time his wife returned home, the biggest hit of his career had been written.
“Oh Pretty Woman” reached the tops of the BILLBOARD Pop Chart, September 26, 1964, and there it remained for three weeks. It also topped the charts in Great Britain as well.
It was his 9th top ten single in a row in the United States but would prove to be the last one of his career. He switched from the Monument label to MGM and his commercial success came to a halt until a comeback 15 years later.
“Oh Pretty Woman” remains one of the definitive American rock songs of the 1960’s.