With Roy Orbison, maybe more than any other rock 'n' roll star, everything always comes back to the music.
It's not that there was anything wrong with Orbison the person. He was a modest, ordinary-looking, soft-spoken guy from Texas, by all accounts a prince of a fellow.
But the reason we care about him is more basic: his voice, which commands the spotlight of "In Dreams," an hour-long special that airs tonight on Ch. 21.
Barbara Orbison will be in the channel's studio to talk about her late husband, who died of a heart attack in 1988 and would have turned 70 last Sunday.
The treasures here, though, are the archival performances on which the special is built.
These date back to 1960, with many drawn from the 1987 special "A Black and White Night," where Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, James Burton and others backed Orbison on his greatest hits.
It hardly matters that those hits were first cut a quarter-century earlier. Orbison's voice had lost barely a scintilla of its power and unique timbre.