Remembering Roy Orbison: Performing ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ On ‘The Dukes Of Hazzard’

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Roy Orbison, one of the most influential artists of the early days of rock, tragically died at the age of 52 on this date in 1988. Orbison was in the midst of a career revival that included his participation in the Travelin’ Wilburys supergroup and his 1987 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The Vernon, Texas native first achieved success in the early and mid-1960s when he scored hits with “Only The Lonely,” “Running Scared,” “Crying,” “In Dreams” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.” It was the latter that Orbison performed on a 1981 episode of CBS’ The Dukes Of Hazzard.

Orbison’s appearance came in “The Great Hazzard Hijack,” the 20th episode of The Dukes Of Hazzard’s third season. In the episode, corrupt county commissioner Boss Hogg and his bumbling sidekick, Sherriff Rosco P. Coltrane, stopped Roy as he was driving through Hazzard County and coerced him to perform a concert at a Hazzard County bar as payment for a speeding ticket. Orbison sang “Oh, Pretty Woman” to Daisy Duke, the cousin of protagonists Bo and Luke Duke.

Watch Roy’s performance of “Oh, Pretty Woman” on The Dukes Of Hazzard below: