Sunday, May 18, 2014

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Roy Orbison Live

Singing ballads that conveyed vulnerability in a falsetto voice made Roy Orbison unique among male performers in the early rock era. He stood still in concert, wearing sunglasses and dressed in black, all of which gave him an air of mystery. In his biography "Chronicles, Vol. 1," Bob Dylan wrote, "Orbison...transcended all the genres - folk, country, rock and roll or just about anything. ...He could sound mean and nasty on one line and then sing in a falsetto voice like Frankie Valli in the next. ...Orbison was deadly serious - no pollywog and no fledgling juvenile. There wasn't anything else on the radio like him.” Above, Orbison sang "Only the Lonely" on Austin City Limits, 1982.


Michael J. Mand said...

The man with the operatic voice and an almost four octave range. May I recommend Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night on either DVD or CD - especially the DVD. The friends include J. D. Souther, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, K.D. Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes. It was filmed in 1988 in, as you would expect from the title, black and white, bridging the generation gap of both the artists and the technology.

Jeff Tone said...

I wanted to post the version from "A Black and White Night" but was unable to do so.