Mountain Home, Ark. (AP) — Bill Dees
emerged from his days as an out-of-cash young songwriter to pen tunes recorded by Johnny Cash
, Loretta Lynn
and other country music greats, but the centerpiece of his career was his work with Roy Orbison
, including co-writing the classic rock hit, "Oh, Pretty Woman
Dees, who died in Arkansas last week at age 73, had said writing that song with Orbison in 1964 changed his life. In a 2008 interview with National Public Radio
, Dees recalled that the night they penned the hit song, Orbison told him he wouldn't need to go to work that Monday if he didn't want to.
"He said, 'Buy yourself an electric piano, and I'll take you on the road with me.' And he said, 'I'll pay you what the band's getting,'" Dees said during the NPR interview, which is posted on his Dees' website.
He went on to tour