December 8th is a time to remember the genius of John Lennon. Sadly, on this day in 1980, he was gunned down outside his home in New York.
Orbison and Lennon first met in 1963 and quickly became friends. When he was asked to do a tribute to John, Roy chose his favorite Lennon song “Help”, which Roy thought was John Lennon’s masterpiece.
Interestingly, “Help” is one of two songs by The Beatles that George Martin suggested that they speed up. “Please Please Me” and “Help” were originally slow ballads when Lennon brought them into the studio.
This short segment of the Lennon composition is all that was recorded of Roy Orbison singing the classic Beatles song.