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Roy Orbison 75 – part 1

Posted by Andy Cahn On April - 22 - 2011

10 part series of 75 second Roy Orbison tributes in honor of his 75th birthday (4/23).

Includes excerpts of the newly released mono mixes from the “Monument Singles Collection,” plus clips of interviews with Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen, Robin Gibb, and Fred Foster.

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Roy Orbison Black and White Night Part 3

Posted by Andy Cahn On December - 11 - 2008

Tributes from Black and White Night participants Tom Waits (“He added the color to the Black and White Night” — Barbara Orbison), Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, Jackson Browne and JD Souther make up this episode.  Mrs. Orbison describes Roy’s elation after the filming had concluded that day.  As JD Souther pronounces, “He has the best, most evocative voice ever.  He’s the world’s only operatic rockabilly singer.”
Songs include: Pretty Woman (feat. James Burton and Bruce Springsteen on guitar); Move on Down the Line, In Dreams

Recommended: Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll

Producer: Joyride Media

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Roy Orbison Black and White Night Part 2

Posted by Andy Cahn On December - 1 - 2008

Barbara Orbison relives the night at the Coconut Grove and the spontaneity of the incredible performances. Hear Roy Orbison and Bruce Springsteen rehearse their performance of “Dream Baby” and singers Bonnie Raitt, kd lang and Jennifer Warnes describe the experience of singing with one of the all-time great vocalists. Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone explains what was so unique about Black and White Night “It had the comfortable feeling of friends performing songs they knew for fun.” Songs include: Blue Bayou, Only the Lonely and Dream Baby

Recommended: Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll

Producer: Joyride Media

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Roy Orbison Black and White Night Part 1

Posted by Andy Cahn On November - 24 - 2008

Dave Marsh hosts this inside look at Roy Orbison’s Black and White Night event and what lead to Roy’s comeback in the mid – 80s.  Roy’s widow Barbara, who envisioned the film with T Bone Burnett, Tom Waits, Anthony DeCurtis and Bruce Springsteen: “He seemed to have great respect for the music and his audience.  It was never false — that’s masterful.”

Songs include: Move on Down the Line; Uptown and Crying.

Recommended: Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll

Producer: Joyride Media

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Roy Orbison 3

Posted by Andy Cahn On October - 26 - 2008

Dave Marsh’s continues to narrate Roy Orbison’s professional and personal life from the mid 60’s to the 80’s.  Following the success of Pretty Woman was a chain of tragic events of Orbison’s personal life.  He continued to made music through the 60s and 70s, but a major comeback began in the mid-1980s when David Lynch used “In Dreams” for his film, Wild at Heart.  Roy discusses how that happened, and we also hear how that was followed by the Traveling Wilburys and posthumus album Mystery Girl.

Recommended: Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll

Producer: Joyride Media

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Roy Orbison 2

Posted by Andy Cahn On October - 20 - 2008

Dave Marsh recounts Roy Orbison’s journey and success as a songwriter and vocalist.  Big hits such as “Only the Lonely”, “Crying”, and “Sweet Dreams” have shaped Orbison’s popular and influential songwriting and singing style. 

Roy Orbison worked with his longtime producer, Fred Foster, with these renowned hits.  Fred Foster particularly comments on the storyline of  “Only the Lonely” and why  “Sweet Dreams” was written and produced. 

Bruce Springsteen comments on Orbison’s natural ability to write lyrical and soul touching ballads.  Springsteen declares that “Crying” is a sophisticated work that “holds an adult’s emotion, but still has an operatic quality of young people’s emotions.”

Recommended: Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll

Producer: Joyride Media

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Roy Orbison – Soul of Rock & Roll 1

Posted by Andy Cahn On October - 15 - 2008

The three-part “Roy Orbison – Soul of Rock & Roll” podcast series begins with clips of Roy’s first recording sessions in 1955.   Roy Orbison’s own recollections of the early days are featured from interviews recorded throughout his life.    Other comments come from early producers Chet Atkins and Fred Foster.

Recommended: Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll

Producer: Joyride Media

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