Friday, January 13, 2012


Every time we play Roy Orbison on the show (like this morning) we end up discussing the amazing 1988 Cinemax special "Roy Orbison and Friends:  Black and White Night".  It's a full hour of amazing performances by Roy playing all his classics hits, filmed in black and white at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub.  What first caught my eye, however, was his backing band.

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.  Not too shabby.


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