Bob Dylan, Ex-Byrds and Even Stray Cats Tuned Up to Celebrate Roy Orbison
updated 03/12/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/12/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
The show, a benefit for the homeless that will air on Showtime this spring, drew an odd-lot assortment of performers, including Dwight Yoakam, B.B. King, Patrick Swayze, former Byrds Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby, and Bob Dylan. Most sang Orbison hits, including "Crying" (Lang), "Ooby Dooby" (John Fogerty) and "Blue Bayou" (Harry Dean Stanton).
Why a homeless benefit? "Roy and I often discussed why so many people were homeless," says his widow, Barbara, 38, who wanted to link the tribute to a worthy cause. "He identified strongly with them. In a career that spanned 35 years, he'd seen a lot of life."
Crosby also tipped his hat to the concert's stated purpose—"the homeless issue is a disgrace"—but didn't let earnestness dominate the evening. "It was fun," he said, stepping offstage. "Real fun.