Roy Orbison and Friends Saturday, 6.30pm, Studio
Here’s a piece of nostalgia that if you are of a certain age (or maybe even younger) will have you leaping about playing air guitar and singing badly with gusto: it’s film of the live concert Orbison did in 1987 featuring pals such as Bruce Springsteen, KD Lang and Elvis Costello. The Big O may have died of a heart attack a year later aged 52 but his haunting ballads live on. Who can forget Only the Lonely, Dream Baby, Working for the Man and It’s Over? Some of his lyrics reflect the tragedies that beset his life. In 1966 his first wife Claudette was killed when she was hit by a semi-trailer while riding a motorcycle with Orbison; two years later two of his sons died in a fire at their home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. (Johnny Cash bought the property.) Orbison’s career faltered in the 1970s as a result. His albums performed poorly until Springsteen and Glen Campbell recorded some of his songs. Orbison hit his stride again in 1977 with a compilation LP of his greatest hits that went to No 1 in Britain. By 1987, with more stars such as Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles and Don McLean recording his songs, Orbison was back on top, but the first signs of coronary problems appeared. The trip down this memory lane continues tonight at 9pm with film of his performance at Melbourne’s Festival Hall in 1972 in which he sings Pretty Woman and Crying.