Now available in the Official Roy Orbison Store! Featuring artwork from Roy’s #MGMYears album, MEMPHIS. Get the t-shirt HERE!
UDISCOVER: NEW ORBISON VIDEO: ‘ONE OF THE LONELY ONES’
It’s amazing to think that One Of The Lonely Ones, a full-length album recorded by Roy Orbison in 1969, remained unreleased for over 35 years, only finally emerging in December 2015, alongside the epic The MGM Years 1965-1973. Recorded during a period of personal crisis (in a tragic two-year period he lost his wife Claudette in a motorcycle accident and two of his children in a house fire), the One Of The Lonely Ones sessions, recorded between January and August 1969, clearly offered personal catharsis for 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.
“GOD LOVE YOU” by Roy Orbison (Remastered)
Roy Orbison recorded “GOD LOVE YOU” for his album ROY ORBISON SINGS, on this day in 1971!
Listen to the newly remixed and remastered song as it appears in the #MGMYears box set here-
KPCC The Frame: Roy Orbison’s son revives his father’s long lost album, ‘One of the Lonely Ones’
Roy Orbison was known for his black shades, an operatic voice and powerful ballads, but to Alex Orbison he was “Dad.” Now, there’s an album from the legendary singer’s career that Alex and his brothers are releasing for the first time.
“One of the Lonely Ones” was recorded in 1969 in the wake of the death of two other of Orbison’s sons in a tragic fire, but it hasn’t been heard by many people until now.
Alex Orbison joins John Horn to discuss the joy of reviving his father’s lost music.
“One Of The Lonely Ones” was recorded in 1969, but was never released. What happened to it?
To understand Rob Orbison’s life in 1969, you need to back up just a little bit to 1968. Things seemed to be looking up for my dad. He was touring the U.K. and he met a young girl named Barbara, who would become Barbara Orbison, who was my mom. Tragedy struck in September 1968 and burned down our family and killed my two oldest brothers. His life grounded to a halt and he didn’t do anything until the first of 1969.
So the “One Of The Lonely Ones” sessions started in January and they went hot and heavy until March. The MGM record deal called for three records a year and they had three records that year. So “One Of The Lonely Ones” got pushed out of the schedule.