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Orbison gets Walk of Fame star

Published 30/01/2010 | 03:54

Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Westly Orbison, Alex Orbison, Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison gather as the late Roy Orbison awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)

Late rock 'n' roll pioneer Roy Orbison has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Orbison's widow Barbara accepted the star in front of the Capitol Records building on his behalf on Friday.

Orbison died in 1988 at the age of 52 in the midst of a comeback with The Traveling Wilburys - a whimsical supergroup that included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

Lynne attended the ceremony, as did Eric Idle, Chris Isaak, Joe Walsh and Dwight Yoakam.

Orbison was famous for the wide range of his distinctive and emotional voice, especially in his songs about unrequited love such as Only The Lonely, Crying, In Dreams and Oh, Pretty Woman.

Actor Dan Aykroyd said Orbison was a great balladeer and a great rock 'n' roller who could be both gentle and vicious.

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