the man behind the glasses...
In the early 60s Roy Orbison left his glasses on a plane and had to wear his prescription sunglasses on stage. He found that he preferred them to his regular glasses and so began the original "man in black" persona.
Black clothes, dark glasses, standing still while singing on stage
all lent an air of mystery
"Crying" really shows his fantastic range
and it was the song that made me a Roy Orbison fan.
This one was performed on his TV show in 1964.
This was before I discovered him -- I didn't even know he had a TV show!
But I would have watched it if I had known!
"Only the Lonely"
Performed in the 1988 TV special,
Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night
It was performed entirely in black and white and an album was released afterwards.
You'll see Elvis Costello singing background and, if you look really fast, k.d. lang with the female vocalists.
This was when she was still wearing dresses and that looks really odd to me now.
I think k.d. lang is a fantastic singer, by the way!
I vaguely remember seeing this performance --
I might have to check around for the DVD and watch it again!
I picked this video of "Pretty Woman" because of that fabulous blue jumpsuit he's wearing!
Oh my, and form fitting, too.....
(I think Roy's been eating a little too much ice cream!)
Oh, Roy, what happened to your basic black clothes?
This was performed in 1972 and I guess he was just following the fashion trend!
He's such a stinker....
♥♥♥ Linking Roy over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter O.