Friday, May 15, 2009

Pink Lady... and Roy Orbison

I'm in a Roy Orbison mood today, so here's Roy on that infamous NBC flop Pink Lady (better known as Pink Lady... and Jeff).

Pink Lady - for those who don't remember - were a famous Japanese pop duo given a weekly American variety show in 1980 despite the considerable handicap of not being able to speak English.

The show was produced by Sid and Marty Krofft - a duo responsible for a lot of "hold your audience in contempt" schlock in the '70s and '80s. They managed to build a presentable but bland show around the two stars, thanks to likable American co-host Jeff Altman, and an array of bemused celebrity guests (including Jerry Lewis and Sid Ceasar).

This appearance by Roy Orbison is just before he teamed with Emmylou Harris on the song "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again" - which won a Grammy for the duo the following year. He was still years away from a major career resurgence (approx. 1986) - so he needed to appear on shows like this one.