Roy Orbison is the kind of music icon that truly deserves the biopic treatment, as this unlikely star with what Barry Gibb referred to as the ‘voice of god’ was a lifelong friend of Johnny Cash (and part of the Sun Records gang that included Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley), and had a monumental career across two decades.
In addition to one of the greatest voices in rock history, Orbison turned in some of the best ballads ever recorded. His powerful and expressive style gave voice to the loneliness and heartbreak of a generation, and he remains one of the only singers whose work can continually take my breath away, listen after listen.
So how about spending a little time with Vernon, Texas’ favorite son? To the right is a wonderful live version of my personal favorite Roy tune, ‘Crying’.
More Orbison love to be found in the extended.
“In Dreams”, from the wonderful ’Black & White Night‘ special circa 1988
A very Elvis-looking Orbison doing up “Blue Bayou”
“Only the Lonely”, performed live on Dutch TV circa 1965
Of course, I have to include some Traveling Willburys. Here’s “Handle Me With Care”
And finally, K.D. Lang & Roy Orbison’s duet version of ‘Crying’ from the Jon Cryer classic ‘Hiding Out’.