Click on the link here for Audio Player: Roy Orbison – Live in Melbourne – 1967
Sadly, I didn’t get to work with Roy Orbison until near the end of his career. It was during the resurgence in his popularity around the time of David Lynch‘s Blue Velvet and the duet he did with KD Lang that reminded me what an incredible talent he was and what a true legend he had become in the world of Rock music. He was also one of the most unassuming and effortlessly talented people I had ever met.
This weekend it’s a rare recorded concert, during one of his many trips to Australia in the 1960’s. One that was fortunately preserved by Australian Radio on January 26, 1967. It’s a short concert, from a period of time when a number of bands performed on the same night. In this case, he shared the stage with The Yardbirds and The Walker Brothers, among others, and his slot was less than a half-hour. Better a half-hour than nothing.
So here is that concert, sounding wonderful, and with Roy Orbison sounding at the top of his form.
And needless to say, the audience was pretty enthusiastic too.