Was There Ever a Rock ‘n’ Roll Song That Became a More Popular Movie? Co-Writer of Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ Dies at 73

Nov 1, 2012  •  Post A Comment

It is, undoubtedly, one of the truly classic songs in the rock ‘n’ roll canon: Roy Orbision’s "Oh, Pretty Woman."

Orbison co-wrote the song with Bill Dees, who has died at age 73, reports the blog Pop2it.

According to the article, "Dees, who also penned tunes for Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Glen Campbell, was reportedly suffering from an inoperable brain tumor when he passed away Wed., Oct. 24, in Mountain Home, Ark."

The story notes: "In the early 1990s, Dees was involved in a landmark Supreme Court case, when Orbison’s music publisher sued 2 Live Crew for the raunchy rappers’ parody, ‘Pretty Woman.’ The case was ultimately decided in the ‘Nasty as They Wanna Be’ group’s favor on the basis of fair use. ‘It’s like if someone asks you if they could use the car,’ Dees complained at the time. ‘We said no, but they take it and paint it all different colors.’"

"Oh, Pretty Woman" was also heard in the megahit 1990 film "Pretty Woman," starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  

bill-dees.jpgBill Dees

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