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Roy Orbison - The 'Big O' in Britain

Documentary celebrating the extraordinary talent of Roy Orbison and his relationship with his loyal fans, British musicians and the British public.

Roy Orbison was the best singer in the world. That's what Elvis Presley said, and he should know.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Orbison's death, this programme celebrates the extraordinary talent of 'The Big O' and his relationship with his most loyal and enduring fans, British musicians and the British public. Through a combination of interview and archive, it charts Orbison's career in Britain, from the sell-out tour with the Beatles that sky-rocketed him to international superstardom, right up to the collaboration with lifelong friend George Harrison on the Travelling Wilburys project in the late 1980s. Effortlessly cool, musically sophisticated, Orbison was a rock and roll legend, whose legacy continues to captivate both the listeners and performers of today.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Roy Orbison

    Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)

  • Roy Orbison

    In Dreams

  • Roy Orbison

    It's Over

  • Roy Orbison

    Oh, Pretty Woman

  • Roy Orbison & Bruce Springsteen

    Dream Baby

  • The Wink Westerners

    Hey! Miss Fannie

  • The Teen Kings

    Ooby Dooby

  • Roy Orbison

    Pretty Paper

  • Roy Orbison

    Mean Woman Blues

  • The Beatles

    Love Me Do

  • Roy Orbison

    Running Scared

  • Roy Orbison

    Crying

  • Roy Orbison

    Unchained Melody

  • Sex Pistols

    God Save The Queen

  • Roy Orbison

    She's a Mystery to Me

  • Roy Orbison

    Crawling Back

  • Roy Orbison

    Wild Hearts Run Out of Time

  • Roy Orbison

    Working for the Man

  • Traveling Wilburys

    End of the Line

  • Traveling Wilburys

    Handle With Care

  • The Wink Westerners

    Last Night

  • Traveling Wilburys

    You Took My Breath Away

  • Roy Orbison

    You Got It

  • Roy Orbison

    Blue Bayou

Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Steve Cole
Director Chris Hunt

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