Roy Orbison at the Rock House
Roy Orbison at the Rock House is the first album by Roy Orbison. It was released in 1961 by Sun Records at a time when Orbison had already moved to the Monument label but had not yet put out an album, Sun Records owner Sam Phillips had a collection of songs Orbison had recorded at Sun between 1956 and 58. Phillips capitalized on the national recognition Orbison had achieved at Monument through three major hit singles in 1960 and 61 that had gone to the top of the Billboard charts, notable exceptions are compositions by other Sun artists Harold Jenkins and Johnny Cash. Rock House was written by Orbison and Twitty, for this release, all tracks except Devil Doll have been overdubbed with background vocals and/or additional instruments. This album was released in US. All tracks composed by Roy Orbison, assigned to Sam Phillips and this Kind of Love Devil Doll Youre My Baby Trying to Get to You Its Too Late Rock House Youre Gonna Cry I Never Knew Sweet and Easy to Love Mean Little Mama Ooby Dooby Problem Child
A honky-tonk is both a bar that provides country music for the entertainment of its patrons and the style of music played in such establishments. Bars of this kind are common in the South and Southwest United States, many eminent country music artists, such as Jimmie Rodgers, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Ernest Tubb, and Merle Haggard, began their careers as amateur musicians in honky-tonks. The modern-day, honk-tonk atmosphere has continued, with likes of Dwight Yoakam, the origin of the term honky-tonk is disputed, originally referring to bawdy variety shows in areas of the old West and to the actual theaters showing them. This honky-tonk music was an important influence on the piano style. Before World War II, the industry began to refer to hillbilly music being played from Texas. In the 1950s, honky-tonk entered its age, with the popularity of Webb Pierce, Hank Locklin, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price, Faron Young, George Jones. The origin of the term honky-tonk is unknown, the Tonk brothers and Max, established the Tonk Bros.
An early source purporting to explain the derivation of the term was an article published in 1900 by the New York Sun, the article, reads more like a humorous urban legend or fable, so its veracity is questionable. Some honky-tonks offered dancing to music played by pianists or small bands, katrina Hazzard-Gordon wrote that the honky-tonk was the first urban manifestation of the jook, and that the name itself became synonymous with a style of music. Related to the blues in tonal structure, honky-tonk has a tempo that is slightly stepped up. It is rhythmically suited for many African-American dance, as Chris Smith and Charles McCarron wrote in their 1916 hit song Down in Honky Tonk Town, Its underneath the ground, where all the fun is found. Although the derivation of the term is unknown, honky tonk originally referred to bawdy variety shows in the West, the earliest mention of them in print refers to them as variety theaters and describe the entertainment as variety shows. The theaters often had a gambling house and always a bar.
In recollections long after the closed, writers such as Wyatt Earp. Abbott referred to honky-tonks in the cowtowns of Kansas and their recollections contain lurid accounts of the women and violence accompanying the shows. As late as 1913, Col. Edwin Emerson, a former Rough Rider commander, the Rough Riders were recruited from the ranches of Texas, New Mexico and Indian Territories, so the term was still in popular use during the Spanish–American War. The honky-tonk sound has a rhythm section playing a two-beat rhythm with a crisp backbeat. Steel guitar and fiddle are the dominant instruments, honky-tonk music influenced the boogie-woogie piano style, as indicated by Jelly Roll Mortons 1938 record Honky Tonk Music and Meade Lux Lewiss hit Honky Tonk Train Blues
Kaw-Liga is a country music song written by Hank Williams and Fred Rose. Kaw-Liga is one of just a handful of songs that Williams wrote with Fred Rose, Roy Acuff recalled, Hank would come up with the ideas, and Fred would say, write it down and let me look at it. Kowaliga is a community in central Alabama on Lake Martin, named after a legendary Indian for which a wooden statue was placed near the lake, the song was written by Hank when he was staying at a lakeside cabin that he owned and still stands today. The Indian maid waits for Kaw-Liga to signal his affection for her, kaw-liga, that poor ol wooden head. The song ends with the Indian maid being bought and taken away from the store by a buyer, leaving Kaw-Liga alone, As lonely as can be. The song was recorded as part of Williams final recording session on September 23,1952 at Castle Studio in Nashville, the remarkably productive session produced I Could Never Be Ashamed of You, Take These Chains From My Heart, and Hanks masterpiece ballad Your Cheatin Heart.
More than any song, Kaw-Liga bears evidence of the guiding hand of Rose. In addition, the song out, the only Hank Williams song to do so. Williams is backed by Tommy Jackson, Don Helms, Chet Atkins, Jack Shook, the single was released posthumously in January 1953 on the MGM Records label and it remained No.1 on the Billboard Country chart for 14 weeks. The flipside, Your Cheatin Heart, remained #1 on the chart for 6 weeks. A demo version of Williams singing Kaw-Liga with just his guitar, on the recording, Williams flubs a chord and can be heard muttering shit before starting the song again. Champ Butler was the first to record the song, predating Williams release, marty Robbins included it as the opening track of his self-titled 1958 LP. Johnny and the Hurricanes released a version of the song in 1963. Del Shannon recorded it for his 1964 album Del Shannon Sings Hank Williams, charley Pride took a live version of the song to #3 on the country singles chart in 1969. Loretta Lynn recorded it in 1969, Roy Orbison recorded it for his tribute album Hank Williams the Roy Orbison Way in 1970.
Doc Watson recorded a version for his 1974 album Two Days in November, Hank Williamss son, Hank Williams Jr. recorded a cover which peaked at number twelve on the Billboard country singles chart in the summer of 1980. Hank, Jr. performed it on a special with Johnny Cash. This was more likely a reference to Williams wife, who was named Billie Jean
The Big O (album)
Penny Arcade was his biggest hit in Australia, spending four weeks at Number One around Christmas,1969. The second single, Break My Mind, was Orbisons last Australian chart success during his lifetime, the album was released in Europe in early 1970. In June 1969, Roy Orbison had plans for an album while he was on tour in the UK. The project was to be called Roy Orbison Live in England, MGM Records were not happy with his plan and Orbison had to compromise. Orbison and the Art Movement turned the Batley Variety Club in West Yorkshire and this was done by calling in a mobile studio truck that had all the gear in it and running the cords into the area in which they wanted to record in. Using this technique Orbison was able to achieve the polished studio sound his record label preferred in the most live sounding way possible, the Backup vocals and orchestra was overdubbed in Nashville over the stereo two-track mix. While MGM chose not to release the album in North America, London-Decca opted to release it elsewhere in early 1970
I'm Still in Love with You (Roy Orbison album)
Im Still in Love With You is an album by Roy Orbison recorded for Mercury Records and released in 1976. After an eight-year stint with MGM Records, he left MGM in 1973 and this album was only released in the USA. Pledging My Love Rainbow Love Heartache Still Circle All I Need Is Time Spanish Nights Its Lonely Crying Time Hung Up On You Sweet Mama Blue
In Dreams: The Greatest Hits
In Dreams, The Greatest Hits is a two-record album set of Roy Orbison songs released in 1987 on Virgin Records. It was produced by Orbison and Mike Utley, except for the song In Dreams, produced by Orbison with T Bone Burnett, All songs are new recordings by Orbison, from 1985 except In Dreams from April 1987. One track, was recorded by Robert Gordon as a tribute to Orbison, leah appeared on an album recorded by Bertie Higgins. The original 1960s versions of songs were hit records for Orbison when recorded on Monument Records from 1960 to 1964. The first exception, Ooby Dooby, was a hit for Orbison on Sun Records in 1956, the second exception, was a song Orbison wrote that became a hit for the Everly Brothers in 1958. Orbison didnt record the latter exception until he had signed with MGM Records in 1965, ironically, a few months after he had divorced his wife Claudette, the album contains four songs named by Rolling Stone in 2004 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1985, Roy Orbison re-recorded 19 of his greatest hits as a gift to his fans, the master tapes were being legally held by Monument Records after the label went bankrupt in the late 1970s.
Many of Orbison’s famous songs were not available to consumers for a few years, fearing his famous songs would be lost forever, Orbison stepped into the studio and performed them once again. This was his first album with Virgin Records. discographyguide. com/royorbison/royorbison-discography1020. html
Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson
Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson is a tribute album recorded by Roy Orbison for MGM Records. Its one single, Too Soon to Know, became a hit in the UK, reaching #3 there in September 1966. This album was entitled Sweet Dreams in Africa, a few of the songs were recorded before his first wife Claudettes death in a motor-bike accident in June 1966. The album was put on hold as Orbison was filming The Fastest Guitar Alive, Too Soon To Know was banned by the BBC as they felt it was too personal about Claudettes death. All songs written by Don Gibson, Side one A Legend in Time Im Hurting The Same Street Far, Far Away Big Hearted Me Sweet Dreams Side two Oh, Such a Stranger Blue Blue Day What About Me. Give Myself a Party Too Soon to Know Lonesome Number One Arranged by Bill McElhiney
Your Cheatin' Heart
Your Cheatin Heart is a song written and recorded by country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1952, regarded as one of countrys most important standards. Country music historian Colin Escott writes that the song - for all intents and he was inspired to write the song while driving with his fianceé from Nashville, Tennessee to Shreveport, Louisiana. After describing his first wife Audrey Sheppard as a Cheatin Heart, produced by Fred Rose, Williams recorded the song on his last session at Castle Records in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 23. Your Cheatin Heart was released in January 1953, propelled by Williams recent death during a trip to a New Years concert in Canton, the song became an instant success. It topped Billboards Country & Western chart for six weeks, while over a million units were sold, the success of the song continued. Joni James version reached number two on Billboards Most Played in Jukeboxes the same year, while Ray Charles 1962 version reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 13 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song ranked at 217 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, by 1952, Williams was enjoying a successful streak, releasing multiple hits, including Honky Tonk Blues, Half as Much, Settin the Woods on Fire and You Win Again. While his career was soaring, his marriage to Audrey Sheppard became turbulent and he developed serious problems with alcohol and painkillers prescribed to ease his severe back pain caused by spina bifida. The couple divorced on May 29, and Williams moved in with his mother, soon after, Williams met Billie Jean Jones backstage at the Ryman Auditorium, a native of Shreveport, who was, at the time, dating Faron Young. Williams started dating Jones, upon the end of her relationship with Young, inspired by his line, he instructed Jones to take his notebook and write down the lyrics of the song that he quickly dictated to her. The finished composition included the line Youll walk the floor, the way I do, Williams recorded the song on September 23 at the Castle Studios in Nashville.
The session, which became Williams last, produced the A-side Kaw-Liga, as well as the songs I Could Never Be Ashamed of You and it was produced by Williams publisher Fred Rose, who made minor arrangements of the lyrics of Your Cheatin Heart. Williams described the song to his friend, Braxton Schuffert, as he was about to play it, Williams is backed on the session by Tommy Jackson, Don Helms, Chet Atkins, Jack Shook, and Floyd Lightnin Chance. While traveling to a scheduled New Years show in Canton and your Cheatin Heart was released at the end of January 1953. Propelled by Williams death, the song and the A-side Kaw-Liga became a hit, Billboard initially described the songs as superlative tunes and performances, emphasizing the sales potential. Within a short time from its release, the reached number one on Billboards Top C&W Records. A demo version of Williams singing Your Cheatin Heart with just his guitar, the name of the song was used as the title of Hank Williams 1964 biopic. Your Cheatin Heart, as well as songs by Williams were performed on the movie, with George Hamilton dubbing the soundtrack album recorded by Williams son, Hank Williams