Memorial Day 2014: Mystery Girl, The Roy Orbison Radio Special & CD Giveaway

Enter below to win a copy of Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition CD, courtesy of Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment!

Spend Your Memorial Day Weekend with a Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend, Roy Orbison and the ‘Mystery Girl’ Radio Special.

  • Friday, May 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM EDT
  • Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT
  • Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM EDT
  • Monday, May 26, 2014 (Memorial Day) at 11:00 AM

Roy Orbison cared about two things in life more than anything else – music and family. Often, those two combined, but Roy’s sons never got the chance to share the stage with their dad. They did find a tape of a song that Roy never finished, and as a family Roy’s boys completed it as his back-up band.

In this new one-hour radio special hosted by John Carter Cash (Johnny Cash’s son), you’ll hear about the life and times of Roy Orbison from his sons – Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex – plus Roy’s producer, collaborator, and Traveling Wilburys bandmate, Jeff Lynne.

Roy Orbison is one of rock & roll’s original pioneers. He was part of Sam Phillips’ incredible roster of artists at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios along with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Roy’s career was revitalized in 1988. He began the year appearing in the brilliant Cinemax television special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night, which included special appearances by admirers like Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang, and more.

Then he became a member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys alongside more admirers, like George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Lynne. Released in October 18, 1988, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 was a critical and commercial success and was still climbing the charts on December 6, 1988 when Roy suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 52. In tribute to Orbison, the music video for their second single, “End of the Line,” showed Orbison’s guitar in a rocking chair as the rest of the group played, followed by a brief shot focusing on a framed picture of him.

After having recorded Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 in mid-1988, Roy went on to record his own solo album with producer Jeff Lynne with contributions by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, George Harrison, Elvis Costello, and U2.

Released after his death in 1989, the album Mystery Girl became a worldwide hit, reaching #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and #2 on the UK Albums Chart. The single, “You Got It” (co-written by Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne) reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the adult contemporary chart, returning Orbison to the Top 40 for the first time in 24 years.

Now, 25 years later, Mystery Girl was reissued May 20th both as an expanded CD and as a deluxe CD-DVD set that includes a documentary on the album’s creation. Both editions of this classic 1989 album add previously unreleased demos and a brand new Roy Orbison song, “The Way is Love,” which Orbison’s sons helped produce from a recently discovered demo cassette.

Also included in the radio special and on the re-issue is the previously unreleased “She’s A Mystery to Me” demo by Roy Orbison and the song’s writer, Bono. Roy, Bono, and drummer Jim Keltner give an early run through a song Bono and the Edge wrote for what would sadly become Roy’s posthumus comeback album. It’s one of four newly available tracks added to the expanded reissue.

“We’ve been around the office calling this the kitchen sink,” Orbison’s son Alex said. “It really is a culmination of having all of the bonus audio, the nine [total] tracks that we dug up and everything ranging from ‘The Way Is Love,’ which was a work tape demo recorded on a boom box and keyboard that we’ve gone and stripped off the backing.’

Enter to win a copy of Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition CD, courtesy of Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment!

Fill out the short entry form below and we’ll randomly select five winners! All winners must be at least 16 years of age and must be able to pick up the CD in person from the offices located in Gainesville, Florida at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, 1200 Weimer Hall. We are sorry, but prizes cannot be mailed. Deadline for entries is Midnight on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th at 11:59 PM EDT.

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Mystery Girl 25th Anniversary Expanded CD Track Listing:

You Got It
In The Real World
(All I Can Do Is) Dream You
A Love So Beautiful
California Blue
She’s A Mystery To Me
The Comedians
The Only One
Careless Heart

Bonus Tracks:
The Way Is Love
She’s A Mystery To Me (Studio Demo)
The Only One (Studio Demo)
California Blue (Studio Demo)
You Are My Love (Work-tape demo)

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