Thursday, April 09, 2009

Roy Orbison at the Park Hotel

Roy Orbison was a fairly regular visitor to Wales. He supported the Beatles in Cardiff in 1963. He did a week of shows in Caerphilly in 1975. He even once phoned a Welsh fan to console her over the tragic death of her child in a car accident. But surely the oddest Wales-related Orbi incident occurred in 1965.

In the Spring of that year Orbison appeared at the Capitol, Cardiff, where he performed to two sold-out houses. He was supported by Marianne Faithful who, against doctor's orders, sang with a sore throat. Orbison himself went down a storm sending his Welsh fans into raptures with renditions of such classics as Only the Lonely, Runnin' Scared, and It's Over.

Afterwards, at the Park Hotel (where presumably he was staying), he was invited to attend a dinner given by the law society of the Cardiff College of Commerce. Sure enough the Big O turned up which in itself is fairly incredible. Furthermore, during the night's proceedings, he accepted their offer to become patron of the law society. Honest to God. If you were present at this surreal event then please get in touch. If you've got any photos that would be even better.