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Encyclopedia > Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night

Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night is an acclaimed 1988 Cinemax television special originally broadcast on HBO starring Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll pioneer singer/songwriter Roy Orbison. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Roy Orbison at a London press conference, late 1988. ...

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Described as a cinematographic masterpiece, the performance at the Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles was taped on September 30, 1987 as a tribute to Orbison's more than thirty-year contribution to Rock and Roll. Two songs, Blue Bayou and Claudette, were taped but not included in the broadcast due to time constraints. copy of video cover This work is copyrighted. ... The Ambassadors Cocoanut Grove circa the late 1950s. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... Blue Bayou is the title of a 1963 song written by Americans Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. ...


Few early performers were more gifted than Roy Orbison, whose vaulting operatic tenor voice brought a haunting intensity like no other to songs of heartbreak and lost love.


Filmed in black and white, the January 3, 1988 televised special introduced Orbison to a whole new generation of fans. Put together by musical director, T-Bone Burnett, Orbison was accompanied by a who's who supporting cast. The star-studded lineup is all the more noteworthy for the restraint with which they collaborate. All were fans, and all were volunteers who had lobbied to participate resulting in a cohesive honoring of a great star through stirring performances. And in the audience can be seen further devoted Orbison admirers, Billy Idol, Kris Kristofferson and others. Cover of Proof Through the Night, 1983. ... Billy Idol, 2003 Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad on 30 November 1955 in Middlesex, England) is an English hard rock musician. ... Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential country music songwriter, singer and actor. ...


On piano was Glen D. Hardin, who had played piano for The Crickets and for many years with Elvis Presley. Lead guitarist, James Burton also played with Presley both in concert and in the studio. Male background vocalists, with some on guitar, were: Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, Steven Soles. Singing the female background vocals were k.d. lang, Jennifer Warnes, and Bonnie Raitt. Glen D. Hardin is an American musician/piano player who was born on April 18, 1939 in Hollis, Oklahoma. ... The Crickets The Crickets were the backing band formed by singer/songwriter Buddy Holly in the 1950s. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) in Tupelo, Mississippi, often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer and actor. ... James Burton (born August 21, 1939 in Minden, Louisiana) is a legendary American guitarist and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Bruce Frederick Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock and folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Declan Patrick MacManus (born 25 August 1954, in London), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is a British musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish ancestry. ... Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American rock musician, whose introspective lyrics made him the long-haired, Southern Californian poster child of the confessional singer-songwriter movement. ... J.D. Souther, born John David Souther on November 3, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Amarillo, Texas, is a singer-songwriter country rock singer and actor. ... Steven Soles is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. ... k. ... Drawing of Jennifer Warnes on the cover of her 1982 collection The Best of Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3, 1947 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Bonnie Raitt on the cover of her album Silver Lining Arbonna Bonnie Raitt, (born November 8, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in Burbank, California, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt. ...


From this performance, Orbison's 1964 #1 hit song "Oh, Pretty Woman" was nominated for a Grammy Award for best live performance. Re-released as part of a CD bearing the same title as the television special, the song won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Oh, Pretty Woman is a song which was a worldwide hit for Roy Orbison. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music... The Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1966. ...


Recorded on VHS and later DVD, the performance was used by PBS stations to assist in fund raising. It proved to be the single most successful fund raiser in PBS history. Top view of VHS cassette with U.S. 25c coin for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders... This article is becoming very long. ... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ...


The year following this performance, Roy Orbison died of a heart attack.


An album was made in 1989 by Virgin Records from the televised broadcast titled "A Black & White Night Live". 33â…“ LP vinyl record for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album from the 1960s. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... A Black & White Night Live is a Roy Orbison music album made posthumously by Virgin Records from the HBO television broadcast, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. The album was released in 1989 and included the song Blue Bayou that because of time constraints had been deleted...


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See also

Black & White Night is a posthumous live Roy Orbison music album from the HBO television broadcast, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. The album was released in 1998 and included the song Blue Bayou that because of time constraints had been deleted from the televised broadcast. ...

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Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (471 words)
Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night is an acclaimed 1988 Cinemax television special originally broadcast on HBO starring Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll pioneer singer/songwriter Roy Orbison.
Filmed in fl and white, the January 3, 1988 televised special introduced Orbison to a whole new generation of fans.
A music album was made in 1989 by Virgin Records from the televised broadcast titled "A Black and White Night Live".
Roy Orbison Black & White Night (2098 words)
Roy Orbison doing these songs acoustically would have been special - but doing them with this superb collection of musical luminaries, some legends in their own right, is almost guaranteed to produce something not just special but immortal.
Shadow detail is deliberately restrained, highlighting the fl and white nature of the programming and as a homage of sorts to a man famed for his fl rimmed glasses and dark suits.
However, it has to be said that there is not an overwhelming depth to the fl and white tones and the whole show really is presented in nicely detailed grey scales in the middle of the spectrum.
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