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Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night (1988)

Rock 'n' roll legend Roy Orbison and some friends, legends in their own right, get together and perform some of Orbison's songs.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Orbison ... Himself
Jackson Browne ... Himself
T Bone Burnett ... Himself
Elvis Costello ... Himself
k.d. lang ... Herself
Bonnie Raitt ... Herself
J. Steven Soles ... Himself (as Steven Soles)
JD Souther ... Himself (as J.D. Souther)
Bruce Springsteen ... Himself
Tom Waits ... Himself
Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Warnes ... Herself
Alex Acuna Alex Acuna ... Himself - Percussion
James Burton ... Himself - Guitar
Glen D. Hardin Glen D. Hardin ... Himself - Piano
Jerry Scheff Jerry Scheff ... Himself - Bass


Rock 'n' roll legend Roy Orbison and some friends, legends in their own right, get together and perform some of Orbison's songs.

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Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The show was filmed in 1987 at the Coconut Grove club in Los Angeles. The original TV broadcast was in 1988, at 55 minutes, in 4:3 format. The VHS release corresponded. The DVD issued in 1999 was slightly reedited, 1h05m, 16:9 format. TV showings after 2000 corresponded. In 2017 Roy's three sons issued a 30th anniversary disc. It was rearranged. The show was 1h33m, including a private session after the audience had left. See more »

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"truly a gift" - Jeff Ayeroff See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1998 video re-release runs 62 minutes and has one song added, "Claudette". See more »


Featured in Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones (2015) See more »


Go, Go, Go (Down The Line)
Written by Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison Music Company / Barbara Orbison Music Company (BMI)
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Black & White Night - Excellent show with Many great accompanists
19 March 2006 | by cdhanks2003See all my reviews

I couldn't help but comment on "nonconformist's" comments. For a concert video the editing was not that bad. But his slams on "has-beens" is awful. Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raite, KD Lang, Jennifer Warnes, JD Souther are NOT has-beens. They are treasures who are still making great music. His crack about Springsteen's overbite was just plain mean. His comment about the "has-beens almost faking orgasms" is just plain stupid. These folks are obviously enjoying jamming with a legend, Roy Orbison. If you don't enjoy the performance you should keep quiet and not show your ignorance and mean spirit.

As for Brian Greenhalgh's complaint about the sound being out of sync...was this a legitimate purchase or more likely an illegal copy? If so you have no reason to complain. If legitimate you can exchange it.

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