||Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings 'Lost Years' or 'Are You Ready' Album,
In the late 50's Pioneer Furniture here in Odessa, Texas used to sponsor a show showcasing local talent. Roy was often a performer on this show. Well, my mom recorded one of those shows on an old 3M reel to reel. This tape laid for years without interest in a drawer until about 1989 when I really caught fire for Roy. My mom taught at Wink High School in the fifties and we have old Wink Wildcat annuals that shows Roys picture when he was in Jr. High there in Wink.
Now my mom knows Richard West- God Rest His Soul- and she told him about the tape.
Well, Richard got in touch with Barbara. She invited us to Lubbock for Roy's induction into Texas Country Hall of Fame. We took the tape and let Barbara listen to it, and she wanted it, but I didn't want to just hand it over without securing some credit for my Mom on any upcoming album. Five words would have been sufficient. Well, I think she said something about seeing about it. I didn't turn the tape over at this time, kissed her hand in my best European style, and we left, going about our business.
Sometime later, mom was contacted by one Cass Paley, (after the fire, btw) who said Barbara wanted the tape and could he come by and get it. Since nobody 'owns' Roy, and since we wanted other Orbison fans to hear this precious bit of history, and we felt badly about what must have been lost in the most recent fire, we decided to let Cass Paley have this tape.
He came by and took the tape AND WE'VE NOT HEARD ONE MORE THING ABOUT IT!
Since I've not been able to find any song on Roy's discography indicating a recording of 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' and the song is identical to the one on the tape mom made, I STRONGLY suspect it came from the self-same tape. There is no attribution of the song to any source, not even the recordings in possession of Pioneer Furniture. We know this because we queried the owners of Pioneer Furniture and they said they had none of the recordings.
We don't want any money, but we would like to be acknowledged by Barbara for giving to her a precious snapshot into Roy's early career out here in West Texas. Who else had the good sense to record these programs?
Also on this tape were precious conversations with my mother's parents, and this is what upsets my mom more than the thought that we 'little people' had been taken advantage of by moguls of the Music Industry.
Can you help by telling me how to get this message further up the chain?
Thanks very much!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]