Saluting the ‘Big O’… ROY ORBISON, as we commemorate his 85th birthday (April 23) From “Ooby Dooby” with the Teen Kings, to his third coming with The Traveling Wilburys, a voice that went silent on December 6, 1988. Of all the great songs, my favorite will always be one that only hit #25, “Ride Away,” his initial single for MGM Records. Great memories from the summer of 1965 as my late Uncle Lou played the song constantly, and later turning me on to Roy’s album “The One & Only,” which I also listened to till the grooves grew old, so my thanks here to the ‘Big O’ and good ol’ Uncle Lou!
And, sharing a birthdate with Roy, the great vocalist RAY PETERSON, who would have turned 82 (died- January 25,2005). In 1959 he enjoyed his first hit single, as “The Wonder Of You” soared up the charts, and let’s not forget his song of ‘teenage tragedy, “Tell Laura I Love Her,” Together with manager Stan Shulman, he & Ray formed the Dunes label, and in 1960 did a remake of Joe Turner’s “Corrina, Corrina” which hit #7, and a string of releases to follow “Missing You,” “Sweet Little Kathy,” in addition to singles on MGM and Uni labels during the late 60’s & early 70’s. Also in passing, a reflection on JOE TERRY, founding member of DANNY & THE JUNIORS who took us “At The Hop,” left us earlier in the month (April 15, 2019 – age 78 )