Unchained Melodies – The Roy Orbison Legacy
Absolute Radio – November 26th 2018
This one hour documentary presented by Mark Goodier explored the music and career of Roy Orbison with comments from U2’s Bono, Bruce Springsteen and friends and family. In the programme we heard how Roy has successfully managed to maintain a 30 career. Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as the likes of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, Roy went on to champion a totally different type of country/pop-based rock & roll. What he lacked in magnetism and good looks was more than compensated in his quavering operatic voice and melodramatic songs. In the process, he established rock & roll archetypes of the underdog and the hopeless romantic, appreciated and embraced by so many including, as this programme describes, Bruce Springsteen and Bono. Time was devoted to his new album “Unchained Melodies” a collection of his best known songs beautifully showcased with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and highlighting Roy’s greatest legacy and his finest asset – his voice.