Barbara Orbison, who was 60, died here in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, the 23rd anniversary of the death of her husband Roy Orbison. She was his manager too and will be interred near him in Westwood Village Memorial Park, with services in Los Angeles and Nashville. Roy Orbison died at 52 of a heart attack, on Dec. 6, 1988. Today from Rolling Stone:
In addition to overseeing Orbison's catalog and several reissues of his music since his death, Barbara Orbison was the head of Still Working Music, a Nashville music publisher that was awarded BMI's Song of the Year in 2010 for Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me."
German-born Barbara Wellhoener Jacobs first met Orbison in 1968; she was 17 and he was 32. It was two years after the tragic death of Orbison's first wife, Claudette, in a motorcycle accident.
Now for something completely different: Roy Orbison singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood before Wayne Gretzky's first game as a member of the Los Angeles Kings. This was about two months before Orbison died.
Photo above: Roy and Barbara Orbison in Australia from the Official Roy Orbison Website