Bruce Springsteen Speech About Roy Orbison

“In 1970, I rode for fifteen hours in the back of a U-haul truck to open for Roy Orbison at the Nashville Music Fair. It was a summer night and I was 20 years old, and Orbison came out in dark glasses, a dark suit and he played some dark music. In 1974, just prior to going into the studio to record my album Born To Run, I was looking at Duane Eddy for his guitar sound and I was listening to a collection of Phil Spector’s records and Orbison’s All-Time Greatest Hits. I’d lay in bed at night with just the lights of my stereo on and I’d hear ‘Crying,’ ‘Love Hurts,’ ‘Running Scare,’ ‘Only the Lonely,’ and ‘It’s Over’ filling my room. Orbison’s voice was unearthly.”

-From Bruce Springsteen’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Speech in 1987


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