I Like it Like That (Music)
Rock-n-roll mostly from the 50s and 60s. Hits, b-sides, alternate takes, unreleased cuts, tracks out of print, rockabilly, surf music; also music from the 80s and 90s that fits the format.
Sat Apr 23rd 2011 6.00pm–8.00pm
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Roy Orbison “You Got It” from Mystery Girl CD ALBUM (Virgin 1995) —Posthumous hit recorded in 1988 starting off the Roy Orbison 75th Birthday special with the Rockin' and Reelin' Johns. Reelin' John is filling in this playlist. (By the way, I'll be filling in on May 14. Email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org .)Buy it!
Teen Kings “Singin' The Blues” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —From an early TV show circa 1955 in Odessa, Texas.Buy it!
Teen Kings “Trying To Get To You” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —A-side of Roy's first commercial single. Recorded 3/4/56 in Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, NM and released soon after on the Je-Wel label.Buy it!
Teen Kings “Ooby Dooby” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —B-side of same single, also recorded 3/4/56. Soon after its release it was recut at Sun Records and got up to #56 on the Billboard charts. On the same box set is an early Columbia demo done as the Wink Westerners.Buy it!
Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings “Go! Go! Go!” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Flip side of Roy's first Sun single. (A-side was the re-cut Ooby Dooby.)Buy it!
Roy Orbison and the Roses “Sweet And Easy To Love” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Another one of his Sun singles. Cut with the Roses - one of Norman Petty's vocal groups. Apparently this was recorded at Sun.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “This Kind Of Love (1961 overdub)” from Roy Orbison at the Rock House LP ALBUM (Sun 1961) —12 Roy Orbison songs were issued on this LP in 1961 to cash in on Roy's soaring popularity on the Monument label at the time. Most songs on this LP were very tastefully overdubbed and just recently were finally compiled on a UK CD.Buy it!
Roy Orbison and the Roses “Cat Called Domino” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Demo done in Norman Petty's studio in Clovis. Later recut at the Sun studio as "Domino" which sounds tepid compared to the "Petty Version."Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Mean Little Mama” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Intense rocker recorded in late 1957.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Almost Eighteen” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —From one of two singles released on the RCA label after he left Sun records. Recorded (as were all takes of his RCA songs) in state-of-the-art stereo. This song recorded 12/18/58.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “I'll Never Tell” composed by John D. Loudermilk from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Neat ballad recorded 9/29/58 at RCA. Features acoustic guitar by Chet Atkins and backing vocals by the Jordanaires. Wasn't released till circa 2000.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “With The Bug” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —His first successful take of the song. This is take 3 of 9 he did at RCA on his birthday, 4/23/59. Then he could have his cake. The song followed him over to the Monument label where he did several more takes, one of which became his first Monument 45.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Uptown” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Second single at Monument. Roared up to #72 on the Billboard chart. One of many songs at Monument (& also RCA) featuring Boots Randolf on sax and/or the Anita Kerr singers. Recorded 9/18/59 on Reelin' John's birthday.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Only The Lonely” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Third single and first big hit at Monument. Recorded 3/25/60. Billboard #2. Joe Melson (the cowriter) sings along, and he had his own recording career on the Hickory label.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Blue Angel” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Monument single #4. Recorded 8/8/60. Billboard #9. (Another dum-be-doo-wah song as were Only The Lonely, Come Back To Me My Love, and I'm Hurtin'.)Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Running Scared” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Monument single #6. Recorded 2/27/61. Billboard #1!! Did his big end-note finale in full voice, scaring the hell out of his fellow musicians who always enjoyed the diversity of material Roy came up with.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Lana” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Album track recorded 6/14/61. Released as a single overseas in 1966 and got up to #4 in Australia and #15 in the UK.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Crying” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Monument single #7 whose flip side was "Love Hurts." Recorded 6/26/61. Billboard #2.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “The Crowd” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —More great opera from Roy. Recorded 4/17/62. Billboard #26.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “All I Have To Do Is Dream” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Album cut from the "In Dreams" LP. Recorded 4/29/63. No opera; just a fresh arrangement of the old Everlys song.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Dream Baby” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Recorded 1/9/62. Billboard #4.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “In Dreams” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Recorded in 1963. Billboard #7. Later used by David Lynch in his 1986 film "Blue Velvet." Roy declared he would not give permission, but Lynch said "I'll do it anyway" and he did - certainly helping Roy's career at that point.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “It's Over” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Recorded 3/10/64. Billboard #9. One could tell at this point something positive was happening with Roy's career and something would explode any time now.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “What'd I Say” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Recorded probably in 1964. Always well-received at concerts - especially overseas. We played it tonight off Rockin' John's original LP "More Of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits" released in '64 which still sounds great.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Oh, Pretty Woman” from Roy Orbison 1955-1965 (box set) (Bear Family 2001) —Recorded 8/1/64. Billboard #1 and also #1 in Australia, Canada, Norway and the UK and probably a big hit in many other countries. We played the rarely-heard original single version which had the line "come to me" rather than "come with me."Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Ride Away” from There Is Only One Roy Orbison LP ALBUM (MGM 1965) —Misdirected by his manager to switch labels, Roy lands on MGM and starts a significant decline in popularity after "Ride Away" which is not exactly radio-friendly (at 3 1/2 minutes) but still hits Billboard at #25.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart” from The Orbison Way LP ALBUM (MGM 1966) —Recorded 11/11/65. Billboard #31. Roy's popularity overseas goes on unabated through the 60s, and there are some real gems among the 12 MGM LPs released into the 70s, but he tends to fade away in the US.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Girl Like Mine” from Cry Softly Lonely One LP ALBUM (MGM 1968) —Here indeed is one of those gems hidden away on Roy's MGM LPs. Philip Glass would enjoy the arrangement of this song.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Unchained Melody” from Roy Orbison's Many Moods LP ALBUM (MGM 1969) —Great cover. Roy's almost operatic again! (By the way, 11 of the 12 MGM LPs have been released on CD as two-fers by the Edsel label. Still unreleased is the "Fastest Guitar Alive" soundtrack and at least 9 B-sides that never made it to a US LP.)Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Land Of A Thousand Dances” from The Official Bootlegs (Orbison Records 2005) —One of his many rockin' stage hits overseas. This one was recorded at the Batley Variey Club in Yorkshire, England in March, 1969. Studio version is featured on the MGM LP "The Big O" (1970) which was released in the UK but not the US.Buy it!
Traveling Wilburys “Not Alone Any More” from Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 (Wilbury/WB 1988) —Wow! We skip a bunch of years which we will have to make up with another RO special in the near future. Roy sings lead on this album track. He is "Lefty Wilbury" of the supergroup that also includes Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “She's A Mystery To Me” from Mystery Girl CD ALBUM (Virgin 1995) —From the posthumous album "Mystery Girl." Roy passed away on December 6, 1988 after dinner at his mother's house - two days after his last concert which was in Cincinatti.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “I Drove All Night” from White Knuckle Scorin' (MCA/Nintendo 1991) —Last song for this special. Gotta do another one soon. (Playlist submitted by Reelin' John Lindquist. Catch my act at jlindquist.com . Viva Chile!)Buy it!
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