Roy Orbison began his career at Sun Studios alongside Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley but took a very different route to rock 'n' roll success. 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, It's Over and his #1 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 in which he lined up alongside George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. This in turn lead to a reinvigorated solo career cut short only by his early death in 1988.
The show on this DVD was shot for the US TV series Austin City Limits in August 1982. It contains all of his best known songs and has been remixed into 5.1 sound from the original master tapes. It is an excellent concert that holds the audience enthralled from start to finish.
"Roy Orbison is the greatest singer in the world." — Elvis Presley
"He was and always will be one of the greats of rock 'n' roll." — Sir Paul McCartney
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