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Roy Orbison

Texas-born singer/songwriter/guitarist Roy Orbison first came to prominence with Sun Records in the 1950s, where he was typecast as a jiving Rockabilly singer with his minor hit "Ooby Dooby." That song, along with his other material for Sun, barely hinted at the melodramatic power held in his operatic tenor voice and his near-Baroque songwriting sensibility. After working as a contract songwriter in Nashville and providing the Everly Brothers with a few hit singles, he signed to Monument Records in the early 1960s; the hits came fast and furious shortly thereafter. Orbison's most popular records sported beautiful, complex melodies, yearning lyrics, lushly orchestrated production and a tangible sense of rock 'n' roll drama brought on by his soaring, high tenor voice. The hits dried up for Orbison by the '70s, and he fell off of the radar somewhat until 1988, at which point he experienced a huge career renaissance due to his involvement with the Traveling Wilburys.

Roy Orbison Concert Films

  • Black and White Night

    Roy Orbison

    Year: 1987

    Runtime: 1 hr 5 min

    In 1987, Roy Orbison crowned his critical rehabilitation with this concert in Los Angeles, where he runs through his greatest hits with the help of some famous friends. Those joining the Big O for such classics as 'Only the Lonely', 'Crying', 'It's Over' and 'Oh, Pretty Woman' include Jackson Browne, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Steven Soles, J.D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes.
     
     
  • In Dreams

    Roy Orbison

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 1 hr 30 min

    From his hardcore '50s Memphis rockabilly start to his symphonic 1960s pop masterpieces and his stunning 1980s comeback, Roy Orbison's uniformly extraordinary recordings still rank today as some of American music's finest. Gifted with a soaring voice that conjured vulnerability and loss with acute precision, the Texas-born singer-songwriter-guitarist wasted no time-- he had his own radio show at age ten and formed his first rock 'n' roll band, The Teen Kings, in 1955. Recording at Sam Phillips' legendary Sun Studios alongside Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, Orbison was still seeking his ideal sound and, after parting ways with Sun, finally found it, with 1960's ""Only The Lonely."" Orbison's creativity gave birth to a unique, highly individualized, orchestral pop-rock style that resulted in a series of masterpieces and made him an international star. By 1988, Orbison was enjoying a dream comeback: topping the charts with songs that once again cemented his reputation as a pop genius; but ultimately, death claimed him too soon. In Dreams (which marks this legend's 70th Anniversary) is a definitive 90-minute documentary that charts the entire grand trajectory of his unrivaled career and includes in-depth interviews with Roy as well as many of his admirers.
     
     
  • Live at Austin City Limits

    Roy Orbison

    Year: 1999

    Runtime: 1 hr 4 min

    The program was shot for the US TV series Austin City Limits in August 1982. It contains all of his best known songs. It is an excellent concert that holds the audience enthralled from start to finish.
     
     
  • Mystery Girl: Unraveled

    Roy Orbison

    Year: 2014

    Runtime: 1 hr 36 min

    In the words of Ben Fong-Torres:
    What was not to love about Roy Orbison? He was humble, he was friendly, and he had one of the greatest voices in popular music. With songs like “In Dreams” and “Running Scared,” he turned pop tunes into opera, and was called “the Pavarotti of rock and roll.”

    Film Description: The discography of Roy Orbison (1936-1988) - which yielded some of the most heartfelt, passionate classics of the rock ‘n’ roll era - shined even brighter with the release of Mystery Girl, the last album Orbison recorded, in 1989. The commercial success of Mystery Girl was nothing short of impressive: the album was a Top 5 hit, eventually earning Orbison his first platinum award for over 1 million sales, and featured the worldwide Top 10 smash “You Got It.” Mystery Girl: Unraveled features a new hour-long documentary on the making of the album, executive produced by Roy’s sons. The documentary includes new interviews with those behind the album including Steve Cropper, Tom Petty, Mick Campbell and Jeff Lynne. In addition there are eight wonderful music videos, including an unreleased alternate video for “She’s a Mystery to Me” and three new videos for “The Way Is Love,” “You Got It” and “California Blue.
     
     

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