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Roy Orbison’s Black and White night. Best rock video ever?


This was a fantastic TV special of a performance by Roy Orbison at the Ambassador Hotel’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, on 30th September 1987, just over a year before his death.

Three songs were filmed , “Blue Bayou”, “Claudette”, and “Blue Angel”, but not included in the original broadcast due to time constraints.

The backing band was the TCB Band, which accompanied Elvis Presley from 1969 until his death in 1977: Glen D. Hardin on piano, James Burton on lead guitar, Jerry Scheff on bass, and Ronnie Tutt on drums.

Male background vocalists, some of whom also joined in on guitar, were Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, and Steven Soles.

The female background vocalists were k.d. lang, Jennifer Warnes, and Bonnie Raitt.

This is “Sweet Dreams Baby” 

There was also an album of the event released by Virgin Records in 1989, titled A Black & White Night Live.

Author: mikethepsych

He says he's a psychologist but aren't we all?

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