“Elvis Presley was bigger than life. His success was documented and laid out for him. He came to the first show I had in Memphis, and it was very nice. He sort of treated me like an equal, because we were both fresh in the business. We got to be great friends and kindred souls.” -Roy Orbison
“When I went into the studio to record ‘Born To Run,’ I wanted to make a record with words like Bob Dylan, that sounded like Phil Spector’s productions, but most of all I wanted to sing like Roy Orbison. Now, everybody knows that nobody sings like Roy Orbison.”
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Happy Birthday James Burton!
An amazing guitar player, Burton has performed with Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill, and Roy Orbison to name a few.
“While I was in studio recording Roy Orbison’s IN DREAMS: GREATEST HITS album, I was asked to perform with the TCB Band on the BLACK AND WHITE NIGHT. In my opinion this was one of the greatest moments in music history. Every time I watch the video from that night, I see something new and different. It takes me right back to that time. I knew after the show that night that music magic had been created. It was one of the highlights of my career.”
“Ever since I heard ‘Only the Lonely’ in 1961, I was a sucker for that voice. Arguably the first true voice in Rock and Roll.”
– Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister on Roy Orbison
“He could sound mean and nasty on one line and then sing in a falsetto like Frankie Valli in the next. With Roy, you didn’t know if you were listening to mariachi or opera. He kept you on your toes. With him, it was all about fat and blood. He sounded like he was singing from an Olympian mountaintop and he meant business.”
-Bob Dylan talking about Roy Orbison