U.K. country chart-toppers Ward Thomas have joined Roy Orbison and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a new duet of “I Drove All Night!” Pre-order the new album ‘A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ and you’ll immediately be able to download “I Drove All Night” and “Love Hurts.”
“I really loved the songs of Roy Orbison and people like that. The Big O really sang about love and captured that area of the teenage angst. I’m no longer a teenager, but I’m aware as time goes on, if you listen to singing about love, it’s usually broken love. It’s seldom you extoll the virtues of a life in successful love. Show me a happy writer, I’ll show you a rubbish writer! I see things going on around me; I see the rub of love, the energies, the electricity. I’m not giving up – I have a season ticket.”
“…As for the ‘She’s a Mystery to Me’ writing session, Roy Orbison Jr says, ‘[Bono] liked the idea that there was some pressure building. I imagined he was thinking of himself as being in an apartment building [with] a revolution going on in the streets, or maybe Mardi Gras, where you’re up on the balcony, with something bubbling up under the surface. That’s what he wanted with the beat and that’s what he wanted with the energy of the song. He came up with those great lines, you know, ‘Like a switchblade to my heart / Words tearing me apart.’ That’s good, that’s Orbison-y, but my dad never wrote anything quite so graphic.'”
Before Bono adopted his wrap-around “Fly” shades 24/7…before Corey Hart sang, “I wear my sunglasses at night”…even before Jack Nicholson made Ray-Bans the official fashion accessory of the Lakers’ courtside…Roy Orbison was the man in black eyewear.
Twenty-five years after his death on Dec. 6, 1988 at the age of 52, Orbison remains almost as well known for his trademark dark glasses as his inimitably operatic pipes. But the reason he shaded his eyes from the world is a mystery to most folks, as evidenced by the thousands of incorrect answers that appear on the Web in conjunction with his name.
Were his reasons the same as Ray Charles’s and Ronnie Milsap’s — i.e., legal blindness? Was he an albino? Had the spotlights or sun seared his peepers?