Gig Of The Week: Roy Orbison

Austin City Limits [1982, 1h 03m]
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Roy Orbison began his career at Sun Studios alongside Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Orbison’s strength was his unique vocal style which combined perfectly with the dramatic love stories told by his songs.

From his debut on Sun Records in 1956, Orbison at first struggled but went on to score a string of hit singles on Monument Records in the 60’s following his breakthrough with Only The Lonely. Other hits included Running Scared, Crying, In Dreams and Oh, Pretty Woman, all of which are included here.

Despite a dip in his career in the 70’s, Orbison came back to prominence in the 80’s as part of the Traveling Wilburys.

This footage was shot for the US TV series Austin City Limits in August 1982, and contains all of his best known songs. It is an excellent concert that holds the audience enthralled from start to finish.

Musicians: Roy Orbison - Vocals And Guitar, Bucky Barrett - Guitar, Jim Kirby - Keyboard, Terry Elam -Percussion, Jim Johnson - Bass, Marshall Pearson - Drums, Susan Bennett, Barbara South And Richard Law - Backing Vocals.