Roy Orbison Birthday Celebrations Underway

The late singing star Roy Orbison would have turned 74 on Friday (April 23), and commemorative celebrations are underway to mark the day. Nashville, where he lived much of his life and where he recorded the big hits such as “Crying” and “In Dreams,” is the site of two days of observances. On Thursday (April 22), the Nashville Sounds baseball team will declare Roy Orbison Night for their game with the Oklahoma RedHawks. Worldwide, the Hard Rock Cafe chain is featuring Orbison’s music, and on Friday, the Nashville venue will host a music night honoring Orbison with performances from Rodney Crowell, J.D. Souther, Jeffrey Steele, Sweethearts of the Rodeo and surprise guests. The Nashville event is a fundraiser for Musicians on Call, a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to healthcare facilities to promote and complement the healing process for patients, families and caregivers.