Roy Orbison — singing cowboy
Sept. 28, 1966: Singer Roy Orbison and actress Maggie Pierce pose for Los Angeles Times photographer John Malmin to promote the movie “The Fastest Guitar Alive.”
This photo appears to have never been published. A different pose of Orbison from this shoot was published as a stand-alone photo in Oct. 1, 1966, editions of the Times. Because I could not locate a Times article or review of “The Fastest Guitar Alive,” I turned to the Internet Movie Database.
The 1967 movie starred Orbison as Johnny Banner, a Southern spy armed with a bullet-firing guitar at the end of the Civil War. In between songs, Banner steals gold in San Francisco to save the Confederacy.
Orbison sang seven original songs released in the album “The Fastest Guitar Alive” in June 1967.
Actress Maggie Pierce portrayed Flo Chesnut.
August 29, 2011, 8:16 am
While a student at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, Roy's friend queried, "With a voice like yours, why in hell are you wasting time in college?"
Roy took his advice, dropped out, and rose rapidly to musical fame.
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