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Friday, March 27, 2009

BABY BOOMERS, ORBISON & MOONGLASSES

"He was the Caruso of Rock. Performers like Elvis Presley agreed that his voice was the greatest and most distinctive they had ever heard. While male rock and roll singers in the 50s and 60s portrayed a defiant masculinity, many of Orbison's songs instead conveyed a quiet, desperate vulnerability.

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter and musician, well known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. He grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly / country & western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee.

His greatest success was with Monument Records in the early 1960s where 22 of his songs placed on the Top Forty, including Only the Lonely, Crying, In Dreams, and Oh, Pretty Woman. His career stagnated through the 1970s, but revived in the 80s. He died of a heart attack at the age of 52, at the zenith of his resurgence.

He was known for performing while standing still and solitary, wearing black clothes and dark sunglasses which lent an air of mystery to his persona (Wikipedia Songs)".

Moonglass and Singapore Youths:

Sunglasses was also the in thing with baby boomers in the 60's and 'Pretty Woman' was sure fire. He had many hits even before this song was used in Julia Roberts' movie. Music and style like Orbison's influenced Singapore so much that many youths in the 60's donned sunglasses even in the dead of night. The band boys and girls had a blast hanging them on their faces. They were called MOON GLASSES then!

But when the authorities came on the scene they even banned them during recordings in the television studios as they reeked gangsterism? Ask the SILVER STRINGS

Could sunglasses make a difference? Makes for a better singer? Or isn't just for style? 60s style.

Image: Google
Information: Wikipedia Songs

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