Dave Hoekstra visits with Alex Orbison, son of the legendary Roy Orbison for a talk about the late singer/songwriter’s life and work, and the path that led to his unearthing of a lost Roy Orbison album, “One of the Lonely Ones“. He also talks about the personal tragedy that led his father to write the record’s songs, Roy’s contemporary presence and more.
Alex Orbison interview! Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour 02-01-16
Alex Orbison is our guest this hour as we talk about a couple of recent releases from his dad Roy Orbison. We go in depth about the 13 CD The MGM Years box set and the previously unreleased One Of The Lonely Ones. We start the show off playing tunes from Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Dion. They were the 4 headliners from 1959’s Winter Dance Party. The plane crash killing Buddy, Bopper and Ritchie happened 57 years ago on February 3, 1959. Be sure to also check out the bonus interview footage with Alex Orbison to hear more great stories and tunes!
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.
Alex Orbison has been traveling around Australia promoting Roy Orbison’s new releases out December 4, the #MGMYears box set and brand new album One of the Lonely Ones!
Here are some photos from Studio 10 and interviews with Robbie Buck, Natasha Mitchell, Bob Rogers, and more!
Check out www.royorbison.com/mgmyears to learn more!
Roy Orbison: 1956 Radio Advertisement for Sun Records Concert
This ad of a 1950’s Memphis disc jockey is for the June 1st concert at Overton Park Shell featuring Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Warren Smith. All were signed to manager Bob Neal’s company called Stars Incorporated. Tickets were $1. The show was the start of their summer tour and Elvis Presley came to the see. Elvis was impressed with Orbison and remained a lifelong fan.