Sunday, July 25, 2010

Big O

"Only the Lonely", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Crying", "In Dreams", "It's Over", "Running Scared" and "Claudette"... the list of my favorite Roy Orbison songs might just go on forever. I remember sitting on Brenda's porch in 1964 and listening to WJAB and their endless string of Beatles and Stone, and then I heard the VOICE. I was hooked! The kid from Vernon, Texas had me and wouldn't let me go. After a storied musical history, he had just experienced a rebirth in 1987 and started recording and traveling with the Traveling Wilburys(Obison, Jeff Lynne of ELO, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Bob Dylan. Talk about a super group!), when he suffered a heart attack and died at his mother's home at the age of 52.
I saw this image on a mailbox in Vermont, and the memories rushed back. I kind of like the debonair mustache too, that has been added to his look here.

7 comments:

  1. I've taken several photos of 'receptacle roy', myself, but this is a beauty with some great memories to go with it.

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  2. Thanks for the memories of one of my favorites.
    ☼ Sunny

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  3. ... And now you've made my memories rush back too! :-)

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  4. Nice shot. I love Roy O too.

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  5. Oh yeah. He was amazing. Public television occasionally presents an old black-and-white special with Roy singing his best songs. Backed up by Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and K.D. Laing, among others. Wonderful!

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  6. I love Roy myself. I love all the blue in this shot. I always think of him in those black and white specials with him singing.

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