Happy Birthday, Roy Orbison!
The Big O would be 79 today! Here he is enjoying some birthday cake with a few friends that you might recognize… The Beatles! –
You’re invited to attend the Roy Orbison Birthday Picnic and Celebration in Vernon, Texas on April 23rd from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at his birthplace at the corner of Lamar and Pease Streets in downtown Vernon. Come and enjoy the party of live music from the 50s and 60s! The music is sponsored by Vernon H&R Block. Free hotdogs and drinks! Please donate whatever you can to the Roy Orbison Birthplace Monument Project. If you cannot come to the Picnic in person, please donate to support this project by clicking HERE!
Happy Birthday Don Gibson!
The singer-songwriter would be 87 today. Roy Orbison had such respect for Don Gibson that he recorded an entire album of Don Gibson songs while he was at MGM Records. Here’s “TOO SOON TO KNOW” from Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson as performed Live from Australia in 1972-
Happy Birthday Celine Dion!
Here’s her version of “I DROVE ALL NIGHT,” which is also on Roy Orbison’s 1992 album King of Hearts-
Happy Birthday Boudleaux Bryant!
One half of the legendary husband and wife songwriting team, Boudleaux and his wife, Felice, wrote countless hits for artists like Little Jimmy Dickens and The Everly Brothers. The two penned such classics as “Rocky Top,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” and of course, “LOVE HURTS.”
Numerous artists have recorded “LOVE HURTS” over the years from Roy Orbison to Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Nazareth, and Doug Seegers. Here’s an early Roy Orbison recording of “LOVE HURTS” just in time for Valentine’s Day-