Clay Aiken – “One Of The Best”


On his beautiful album, Tried & True, Clay Aiken recorded the soulful Roy Orbison song, Crying. According to numerous polls and discussions, many people consider this song one of the best on the album.

Roy Orbison was a popular singer-songwriter and was known for his musicianship and powerful voice.  He was born in Texas in 1936 and sang with a country band throughout high school.

Roy was at the apex of his career in the mid 1960s.  He had a recording contract with Monument Records and 22 of his songs charted on the Billboard Top Forty, including Crying.

Orbison had a singing range of three to four octaves and he sang with great passion.  The musical arrangements were almost always complex and classical in style.

In concert, Orbison seemed almost mysterious.  He always wore black clothing and dark glasses.  He always stood stock-still and by himself on stage.  Orbison said of his motionless performances that his songs did not fit any moving and dancing.  Orbison commented about his stage presence, saying:

I’m not a super personality—on stage or off. I mean, you could put workers like Chubby Checker or Bobby Rydell in second-rate shows and they’d still shine through, but not me. I’d have to be prepared. People come to hear my music, my songs. That’s what I have to give them.

Roy died of a heart attack in December of 1988 after spending a full day with his family.  He was 52 and his death was a shock.  After his death, Roy received many accolades.  On Rolling Stone’s list of The Greatest Artists of All Time, Orbison is placed at #37 and is #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.  In Billboard Magazine, Orbison was listed as #74 in the Top 600 recording artists.

Did you ever see Orbison in concert?  It must have been an amazing time.

On October 14, 2010, Clay Aiken performed Crying with Casey Thompson as part of his WTTW – Chicago PBS Benefit concert.  The following video shows not only the great performance by the two of them, but the relaxed friendship that Casey and Clay seem to have.


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5 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – “One Of The Best”

  1. Always loved Roy Orbison and his music and his no-personality. It worked for him! I didn't realize I shared a birth year with him. He was gone much too soon! Naturally love Clay's "Crying" on the CD and also with Christy at the Chicago Benefit. I was blessed to be able to go to that show and it was such a fun time!!

  2. I am a huge admirer of the talents of Roy Orbison! A Beautiful Vocal Performance btw. Clay and Cassie! Thank you, CANN for sharing!

  3. I long ago heard Roy Orbison sing Crying live, the entire performance was magical. I was so fortunate to get to see him live twice & to win two of his then LP Albums, that he’d signed.
    I was delighted when Clay choose this song to record, just wish Clay’s singing career had been as long as Roy’s.

  4. Wish Clay would do more singing. I know he has many other interests, but his voice is the best, and I miss seeing him in concert, and wish he would make a new CD. It is such a waste of his beautiful voice!!!

  5. I really enjoyed that Clay still has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. I really do wish he would start doing concerts again. Thanks for sharing this with us he sounded so great.

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