Claudette <I>Frady</I> Orbison

Claudette Frady Orbison

Odessa, Ector County, Texas, USA
Death 6 Jun 1966 (aged 24)
Old Hickory, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Sermon on the Mount-332-1
Memorial ID 23769090 · View Source
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1st Wife Of Singer Roy Orbison. She was killed in motorcycle accident.

On 6 June, 1966, Roy and Claudette were setting off on a motorcycle holiday when a truck driver pulled out in front of her bike. She died in his arms an hour later, at just 24 years old. Roy was devastated to lose his beautiful wife. The tragic lyrics and haunting melody of 'Too Soon To Know', which reached number three in the British charts just two months later, still tug at the heartstrings four decades on.

Roy Orbison endured a great deal of tragedy in his relatively short life. His first wife, Claudette Frady died in a motorcycle accident on June 6, 1966 in Gallatin, Tennessee. On September 14, 1968, the Orbison family home at Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee, burned to the ground while Orbison was touring in England. Two of his three sons, Roy Jr. (b. 1958) and Anthony (b. 1962), died in the fire. His youngest son Wesley, who was three at the time, was saved by Orbison's parents.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Claudette Frady Orbison (5 Sep 1941–6 Jun 1966), Find a Grave Memorial no. 23769090, citing Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Chris Cotton (contributor 46779165) .