Roy Orbison was born on this day in 1936. Orbison’s distinctive voice and peerless songwriting made him an iconic figure – a critical darling and musician’s musician, whose list of indelible compositions is lengthy and legendary. Orbison’s songs were weighty – pop songs graced by a sophisticated ear for melody and lyrics that carried emotional resonance. Orbison, who died in 1988, also had that voice. It was a powerful, elegant instrument, matched by few other artists. In concert with his songwriting acumen and talent for arrangement, it cemented Orbison’s legacy as a seminal figure in modern American music.