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Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones (2015)

Biography of iconic rock balladeer Roy Orbison, told through his own words.


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Credited cast:
Roy Orbison ... Himself (archive footage)
Clarke Peters ... Roy Orbison (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)
Harold Bradley Harold Bradley ... Himself - Session Musician
Sonny Burgess Sonny Burgess ... Himself - Musician
T Bone Burnett ... Himself - Producer & Musician
Johnny Cash ... Himself (archive footage)
Marianne Faithfull ... Herself - Singer
Fred Foster Fred Foster ... Himself - Producer & Founder, Monument Records
Bobby Goldsboro Bobby Goldsboro ... Himself - Musician
Sheila Hansen Sheila Hansen ... Herself - Fan
Jerry Kennedy Jerry Kennedy ... Himself - Session Musician
Peter Lehman Peter Lehman ... Himself - Author 'Roy Orbison'
Jeff Lynne ... Himself - Producer & Musician
Joe Melson Joe Melson ... Himself - Co-Writer


Biography of iconic rock balladeer Roy Orbison told through his own voice, casting new light on the triumphs and tragedies that beset his career. Using previously unseen performances, home movies and interviews with many who have never spoken before, the film reveals Orbison's remote Texas childhood, his battles to get his voice heard, and how he created lasting hits like Only the Lonely and Crying. The film follows Roy's rollercoaster life, often reflected in the dark lyrics of his songs, from success to rejection to rediscovery in the 80s with the Traveling Wilburys supergroup. It uncovers the man behind the shades, including interviews with his sons, many close friends and collaborators like Jeff Lynne, T Bone Burnett, Bobby Goldsboro and Marianne Faithfull.

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29 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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Written by Joe Melson (uncredited) and Roy Orbison (uncredited)
Performed by Roy Orbison (uncredited)
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25 April 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

No one sang lonely songs like Roy Orbison according to Bruce Springsteen. According to my mum Roy Orbison had a sweet voice that could reach some high almost operatic notes.

When Roy Orbison died he went out on a high. He had just released a new hit album produced by Jeff Lynne and he had participated in the supergroup, The Travelling Wilburys.

This programme is a run through his life from the beginnings with Sam Phillips at Sun Records to his early hits in the US charts and his enduring popularity in Europe especially Britain where he toured constantly. Orbison's life was mired in tragedy. His first marriage collapsed and two of his children and former wife died in a house fire.

Roy rebuilt his life with his new wife from Germany and children from that marriage. In later years emerging stars covered his songs and cited him an a huge influence.

This programme has contributors form early band members, collaborators and friends as well as his children. We also hear the story from his voice albeit through another actor.

If you are an Orbison fan then this is worthwhile viewing.

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