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Morning Song – Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)

February 18, 2016

It’s an overstatement to trace the entire southern California country rock music scene of the 1970s back to Roy Orbison…but not much of one.

Orbison’s West Texas roots, his yearning operatic voice, and his unabashed emotionalism and vulnerability all ran counter to the dominant rock & roll mythos of the early 1960s. They also made powerful impressions on a generation of younger musicians who grew up listening to Orbison’s hits on the radio.

A Job-like succession of personal tragedies derailed Orbison’s career in the late 1960s, which made his late 1980s comeback—encouraged and supported by a gaggle of those younger musicians—all the more lovely.

This cut of “Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)” from his 1987 show at Hollywood’s legendar Cocoanut Grove nightclub gives you a taste of how sweet the experience was for Orbison, and for performers like Bruce Springsteen, k.d. lang, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Jennifer Warnes, J. D. Souther and Tom Waits.  They’re all visibly touched and delighted in that “pinch me, I can’t believe this is really happening” way at the fact that they’re all on stage together with the man himself, getting to perform his songs.

Dream baby got me dreaming sweet dreams the whole day through,
Dream baby got me dreaming sweet dreams the night time too


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