Roy Orbison 1936 – 1988 – A Tribute
During my almost 75 years lifetime, I have seen and supported many famous names. But for me the one that will always have an indelible place in my memory and my heart is the very talented and unassuming Mr. Roy Orbison, a voice above all others.
I watched him perform in one of my local theatres many years ago, there were no gymnastics or histrionics to his performance, no pyrotechnics, no flashing lights. Just one man with a guitar and an amazing voice, his backing trio and three lady violinists.
Roy stood there smiled, strummed a chord on his guitar and started to sing, if I remember correctly it was ‘Only the Lonely’ but from that first note on his guitar, he had us all in the palm of his hand. He had no need to jump around such was his personality that you sat rooted to the spot. to my mind he was like a modern Pied Piper.
Every song he sung was impeccably performed, note for note perfection, I often sit listening to him on my stereo, with a song in my heart and a tear in my eye. to mourn the loss of a great singer and a truly humble gentleman!
May he rest in peace!
(c) Damian Grange 2017