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Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night (1988)

Rock 'n' roll legend Roy Orbison and some friends, legends in their own right, get together and perform some of Orbison's songs.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Orbison ... Himself
Jackson Browne ... Himself
T Bone Burnett ... Himself
Elvis Costello ... Himself
k.d. lang ... Herself
Bonnie Raitt ... Herself
J. Steven Soles J. Steven Soles ... Himself (as Steven Soles)
JD Souther ... Himself (as J.D. Souther)
Bruce Springsteen ... Himself
Tom Waits ... Himself
Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Warnes ... Herself
Alex Acuna Alex Acuna ... Himself - Percussion
James Burton ... Himself - Guitar
Glen D. Hardin Glen D. Hardin ... Himself - Piano
Jerry Scheff Jerry Scheff ... Himself - Bass


Rock 'n' roll legend Roy Orbison and some friends, legends in their own right, get together and perform some of Orbison's songs.

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Documentary | Music


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Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Billy Idol can be seen in the audience. See more »

Crazy Credits

"truly a gift" - Jeff Ayeroff See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1998 video re-release runs 62 minutes and has one song added, "Claudette". See more »


Featured in Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones (2015) See more »


Written by Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison Music Company / Barbara Orbison Music Company (BMI)
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An hour of heaven
18 January 2004 | by sunbeam-4See all my reviews

As an amateur musician, I truly appreciate great music, and this was one of the best hours of television I've ever seen. Everyone was great, especially Roy, Bruce and the other guitar players and musicians. I especially liked Jennifer Warnes, K.D., and Bonnie as backup singers.

To sum it up- a truly inspiring hour of music and a tribute to Roy, who passed away way too young. There should be more shows of this caliber- TV would be a better place.

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