Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Rhapsody In Black: The Life And Music Of Roy Orbison

Author and musician John Kruth gives us an honest and detailed look at one of the most recognizable and unique voices to ever step behind a microphone, Roy Orbison.  Whether you are a beginning fan or someone that followed his career closely, you'll most likely be mesmerized by his story.  You'll read of his early days in Wink, TX, his fellow Lambda Chi Alpha frat brothers that wrote "Ooby Dooby", the tragedy of both his first wife Claudette and his sons, his road to a comeback, untimely death and the respect level that his peers had and still have for him today.  Kruth conducts more than 20 interviews with those that worked closely with Roy including people like the recently deceased Cowboy Jack Clement, Fred Foster, Bobby Goldsboro, Bonnie Raitt and many more.  We've all heard of books that you supposedly can't put down, but this one really fits that description.  Keep a pen and paper handy to look up certain songs to reference later that are described in much detail throughout the book!