|Phil Hatton [L] with Roy and George in the studio. Copyright © Phil Hatton. Used with permission.|
Roy was a definite and absolute musical hero for me and many others including, of course, Jeff Lynne and a plethora of modern day music greats. For personal reasons, my favourite Roy Orbison song was "Blue Angel" - a song that Kelly Groucutt sang beautifully for me on a dark night back in September 1992. Whether it be the chart-topping brilliance of his Sixties career or his astonishing and superlative comeback in the Eighties, both solo and with The Traveling Wilburys, we all have our own Big O gems to treasure in our hearts. Indeed, the man is still much missed.
I had the great pleasure of meeting up with and interviewing Phil Hatton with his WelshMansHill band mates for ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] back in November 2011 and in that interview Phil fondly recalled working with Roy back in the day. The above photograph of Phil with Roy and George Harrison, is for me, a suitable and poignant image by which to remember this wonderful man.
Keith James Sinclair ... 06-Dec-2013