“One Of The Lonely Ones” by Roy Orbison –

The title song from that album now re-emerges with a video, created by husband-and-wife duo Michael and Alana Lawrence. Filmed at the Las Vegas strip club Little Darlings, it features groundbreaking burlesque dancer Tempest Storm in one of her rare performances since officially retiring in 1995, aged 67. Adding extra poignancy to the film, the 87-year-old legend is a striking presence, filmed getting ready in the dressing room before stepping out on stage to perform to a near-empty room. With a dash of Twin Peaks styling, the film offers a meditation on isolation, mortality and loneliness.


Which, of course, makes it the perfect visual counterpart to the song. A country lilt married to emotive strings and that incredible “Big O” voice, ‘One Of The Lonely Ones’ is a signature Orbison ballad, written, according to his son Alex Orbi Orbison, as “one of the first ones out of the gate” after suffering his personal tragedy. “I think it had enabled him to get further and get a grasp on his situation,” Alex remarked of the song, making ‘One Of The Lonely Ones’ one of the most startlingly personal recordings in an oeuvre bursting with heartbreak and emotional overtures.

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