quote by Jeff Lynne

It was a great thrill just to know Roy Orbison, so to play, sing, write hit songs with him and have him in The Traveling Wilburys was beyond my wildest dreams!

— Jeff Lynne

Most Powerful Roy Orbison quotations

I've never been more moved by a voice than I have been by Roy Orbison.

I loved him personally, and I loved his voice. I think of him often and frequently listen to his songs.

Cars are good for entrances and exits.

And there is something about driving that is quite cliched in a funny way. I like Roy Orbison's video for I Drove All Night because it's so literal. It is just a man driving throughout the night. I like that silliness. To be in a video is a ridiculous thing. It's almost impossible to do it without any humour.

I had been on tour with people like Roy Orbison.

I knew Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke. So many great performers.

The songwriting style, to me, is superior.

There was a certain amount of joy in it, no matter how sad the song is. You get joy in listening to these Buddy Holly or Roy Orbison sad lyrics. I'm attracted to songs that have balance between the darks and the lights and giving them all equal opportunity.

Roy Orbison was the only act that The Beatles didn't want to follow.

I'm a hybrid-genre person, which a lot of people find confusing.

I grew up listening to American country music and rock n' roll made between 1955 and 1959. The Everly Brothers and Chuck Berry were my first musical loves and are still what I am most moved by. Roy Orbison came a little bit later.

Roy Orbison is singing for the lonely, hey, that's me and I want you only.

I love the song 'Into the Night.' It's Roy Orbison meets David Lynch meets Iggy Pop on amphetamines. It has a punk edge that is not HIM, per se. It is super melodic and super '60s, and that is very new to me and it is a sense of achievement to me.

Roy Orbison was one of the genuinely nicest persons I've ever known.

With one of the most beautiful voices in the history of recorded music he could easily have had an opera star's ego, but he was one of the humblest, kindest, sweetest human beings to grace this planet. This in spite of the enormous tragedies in his life. A brave, beautiful blessing of a man.