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Last updated Apr 11 2023.
The shy and quiet-spoken Orbison donned a pair of dark-tinted glasses to cover up his chronic astigmatism, although early publicity photos had already sneaked out. In later years his widow claimed that he was an albino.http://bettyloumusic.com/orbisonbiography.htm
The sons of Roy Orbison have collaborated on their late father’s official biography, with the intent of clearing up misunderstandings related to his life. Collectively known as Roy’s Boys, Roy Jr., Wesley and Alex Orbison, recently published The Authorized Roy Orbison via Center Street.The book includes an account of how the Big O accidentally developed his sunglasses image while on a U.K. tour with the Beatles 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."https://ultimateclassicrock.com/roy-orbison-dark-glasses