Trying To Get To You

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Roy Orbison Singing For The Lonely

For whatever reason, I woke up with Roy Orbison's voice in my head. There isn't a better voice to wake up to.

The clip is from Roy's 1987 comeback special featuring a veritable "I've died and gone to heaven band," featuring Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, a very young KD Lang AND guitarist James Burton, bassist Jerry Scheff and drummer Ronnie Tutt, all who played with Elvis in the 60's and 70's.

The video is a treasure - Roy's voice never wavered, even after 30 years, and the clip is filled with the joy of the players. Look for Springsteen's final cue to bring the band back in - it's priceless. Even Tom Waits can't help but grin.


Brian said...

With the re-issue of the Wilburys, I've also been diggin on Roy's voice lately. I cannot believe that Roy and George are gone yet somehow, Dick Cheney's putrid heart beats on.

Around the time of Mystery Girl, I worked with JD Souther. Pretty fascinating to hear the politics of the recording of that album.

Anyhoo, nice blog, Ben.

Anonymous said...

it amazing roy and george are gone yet somehow, fidel castro's putrid heart beats on.

"the comedians" (elvis costello's contribution to orbinson's pantheon) is one of my favorites RO songs of all time. right up there with "its over"