Dad assisted in getting Roy Orbison signed to his new Monument label in 1959, after a failed RCA Victor single was released. From the first hit "Uptown" through the major global smashes "Blue Angel," "Only The Lonely," "Running Scared," "Crying" and many others up until 1964, Bob led the orchestra and chorus. And most of the 45s gave full label credit.
Bob also bought a wooded lot right next door to Roy's big modern wooden house on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, but he never built on it. That Orbison home was the one where his two sons tragically died in a fire 9-14-68.
RSM will always recall visiting there as a young boy, watching Roy co-writing future classics with Joe Melson and Bill Dees (below).