Remembering Roy

This site dedicated to the memory of a super entertainer, and a friend – the late Roy Clayborne. I worked with Roy as a piano player in the mid 1980’s – and, as I’ve often said, I’ve never had that much fun with my clothes on. I hadn’t found a lot about Roy on the web. Unfortunately, he passed in 1996 – at the age of 50 – and the world has changed a lot since then. The internet was in it’s infancy – but if the web had really been around to conquer, in 1996, Roy probably would have had a fun, crazy web site. Well ‘ol buddy, it ain’t much – but you’ve got a web site, now.

Whether you worked with Roy, or just enjoyed his shows, this site is here as a little tribute to a guy who – for too short a time – made a lot of people’s lives more enjoyable. This is really a tribute to someone who I just really, really liked – as an entertainer, a co-worker/boss, and a buddy. I haven’t forgotten Roy Clayborne – and if you’d ever met him or seen one of his shows you’d certainly rememember him, as well.

29 thoughts on “Remembering Roy

  1. Roy was an amazing man, him and Libby were good friends with my family, my grandmother adored him. We spent many special events together. birthdays, dinners, Taylors baptism. They say the good die young, how very true.

  2. I was married Roys broyher I still consder -oy as my brother in law Roy was trully a good man if you needed something he would anything to help I knew the well as his passing he told his girlfriend going to lay down for a nap he awoke tryed to stand up but fell to the carpet he motioned to his girlfriend he needed his nitro pills he went to get them sttood over him shaking his medicne over his face not giving any she stood there watching him diehow could somebody wyo clamedd she loved him then watch him die then she took his silver belt and gutair to get the items back his brother had buy them so Roys son Yaylor we all love and miss him so much it sometimes hurts Libby his wife passed in sleep she had lupisi miss her a lot she was as a friend to me because I don’t have any friends she was a very nice person love you two

    1. HEY CAROL,
      FOR YOUR INFORMATION, ROY’S GIRLFRIEND DID NOT SHAKE THE NITRO PILLS OVER HIS HEAD AND TELL HIM ,”YOUR NOT GETTING THESE,SHE WAS NOT IN THE SAME ROOM WITH HIM, I WAS, AND THE PILLS WERE UPSTAIRS WITH HER ON THE THIRD FLOOR, FOR WHAT EVER REASON , I HAVE NO IDEA. AND HIS SON TAYLOR, NOT YAYLOR,YOUR SPELLING IS LIKE YOUR FACTS, THEY ARE ALL WRONG BABY. AS FAR AS TAYLOY IS, I HAVE SPOKE WITH HIM MANY TIMES ON FACEBOOK, I ASKED HIM IF HE HAS THE GUITAR, AND HE SAID YES HE DOES HAVE IT. AS FAR AS THE SILVER BELT, I HAVE NO CLUE WHERE IT WENT OR WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, GO ON FACE BOOK AND ASK TAYLOR IF HE KNOWS WHERE IT IS. ALL I WANT TO KNOW IS, WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM, WHO HAS FILLED YOUR SKULL FULL OF LIES? YOU WERE NOT THERE, I WAS, AND I WAS ALONE WITH THE GUY, ME ARNIE RUSSELL, HIS DRUMMER WHO LOVED HIM DEARLY, WAS THE ONLY ONE AROUND WHEN HE PASSED, WHILE HE WAS SITTING DOWN IN A CHAIR. SO DON’T GO MAKING ACCUSATIONS BECAUSE YOU ARE CLULESS AS TO WHAT WENT ON THAT MAY 14TH 1996 AT 5 AM IN THE MORNING IN GERMANY. KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT ABOUT THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT. ROYS AT REST LEAVE HIM ALONE.

    2. I played with Roy off and on between 1991 and 1995 and I can say that his girlfriend was a wonderful person who was always looking out for him and took care of Roy in more ways than I can count. I toured New England with them, riding in Roy’s white minivan and even sharing hotel rooms with them so I got to know both pretty well. I wasn’t there when he died in Germany (he did ask if I wanted to go on that tour but I was focused on my own band at the time) so I don’t know exactly what happened but I do know that his girlfriend was very good to him during his final years.

  3. Roy was my best friend for many years. We were both from San Antonio but I met him in Tucson, Arizona. I was amazed by Roy’s talent and I managed his career for several years during which Roy recorded many of his songs and a few cover tunes. Roy was ahead of his time and Nashville quite simply didn’t know what the heck to do with a dynamic entertainer like Roy. He played great guitar, had an amazing voice and wrote good songs. I’m still in a quandry as to why he never made it to the top. When he suddenly died of a heart attack I was heart broken. I still miss Roy and his music.

  4. Hi….My name is Mike Ballard, I was Roy’s drummer from 1976 to 1979, i started with Roy in Phoenix Az. then went to Tucson where we worked at the Sahara, we then traveled to Canada, and finally landed in Nashville, we played at the Carousel club on printers alley, I lost track of Roy and Libby after i left the band in 79…Roy was a great guy, a great entertainer, and my good friend, i seen a post from Carol Clayborne, and i hope she is well, how about Johnny, is he still with us? I would love to talk with either one..I was very sad to hear about Roy’s passing, but one thing i can say, Roy lived his life fully back when i knew him, the man had the energy of five men, I had alot of really great times working with Roy, I miss him alot…..

    1. I met Roy when he entertained at the Outlaw Inn In Kalispell Mt way back in the late 70’s. He was such a wonderfully energetic and talented personality and person. I haven’t heard from him in many years and decided to look him up and hoped I would find him well. I am very sad to have learned of his death so many years ago. Does anyone know what happened or where Stu Supowitz is??

  5. Hi My name is Jim,
    I was constant visitor to the Sahara Motor inn in Tucson from 1975-77. I was a student at the University and became a Roy Clayborne fan. I brought dozens of family members and friends to se his show. They werre always impressed with his talent and showmanship. As we speak, I am listening to his album that was recorded with the Alamo Band at the Sahara.
    I have seen that there are two other recordings that were made after this one. Does anyone know if they are available for sale. I would be very intersted in owning them.

    Thanks for bringing back some very special and pleasant memories.

        1. My mother has the album called “Second Edition”. It has Roy on cover sitting down with his guitar. I just transferred it to CD for her using one of those Innovative Technology turntables. I’d be happy to do the same for you. This is the record that starts out with Louisiana Lady and it also has Malaguena.

          1. I have an lp titled First edition by Roy Clayborne and The Alamo. I had planned on listing on Ebay as i am downsizing my collection. If someone is interested before i list it please contact me in Tucson

          2. I would love a copy of Malaguena!!! It was the best I have ever heard. Is there away I could buy a copy from you?

          3. My mother used to take me to see Roy when he was in town, I was young maybe 12 or so, I loved it when he sang maleguena and loved his tight leather pants, is the second edition album available on CD or Spotify, et

  6. I first saw Roy at LIL’ABNERS STEAK HOUSE in Tucson, AZ. And then at The SAHARA,(no longer exist) also in Tucson. Was great fun to watch him perform.

  7. Back in the 70’s there was a club in Springfield, Mass. called Warehouse One, and a singer from Texas named Roy Clayborne played there for a few weeks one year. He was really great and had a great band. He did an impression of Johnny Cash that was awesome. He had a song called “Mary Go Round”. I never heard anything about him after that. Just wondering if this is the same guy.l

    1. Joe: I didn’t work with Roy at that time but, yes – that had to be this Roy Clayborne. He did a great impression of Johnny Cash, sang a song called “Mary Gets Around”, etc. The chances of it being anyone else are just about zero.

  8. I watched, and even got to meet, Roy (and some of the band)at the NCO Club on Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ. My Mother worked there and we went to all his shows, when he was there. He was an excellent entertainer, had a GREAT voice, and was quite the “showman”.
    I’m sorry to hear of his passing. Roy, you were something unto yourself!! Rest in Peace!!

  9. My name is Pat (Baumgartner) Sutton – I lived in Tucson, AZ from 1968 to 1976 – I was also singing in Tucson in some of the same clubs that Roy sang in – As I recall we both sang in the Desert Inn there at one time and also the old EL Sarhago club, which is certainly not there any longer. WE were never booked at same club, same time. He had a gig at one of the other hotels close to downtown and I went by to see him to say good bye as I was moving out of state. He used to enjoy hearing me sing and I sure enjoyed his singing and shows. He should have been recognized and gone on to be a well known entertainer. I was known in Tucson, but not like him and I did not sing there as long as he did. I really did not know him personally or well, but we knew each other as fellow entertainers. He was always very kind and nice to me. I sang with Mickey Greco (a well known jazz pianist in Tucson) for several years off and on – he was great also and became very well known. I actually did not sing much country, mostly pop, rock and jazz…. Had some good times in Tucson and have some fond memories there. Sorry to hear he passed so soon in life. He was one heck of a singer and guitar player.

  10. My name is Jesse we owned a casino / night club in Vegas in the early 80s I met a guy named Roy dressed in the 10 powerful voice very professional , we had a band there and bought a casino and brought in acts from all over the world , my conversation with Roy was to get him in the Vegas crowded. We sat down and played guitars together. I hope this is the same guy. Could u let me no anyone. Thanks

    1. For any of you that knew Roy Claiborne you may have also known Renee cothern, she sang with him and his show for quite a few years. I just wanted to let you know that she also passed on January 28th 2016 by a blood clot going straight to her heart. She was singing and talking with her brother Devon one minute and gone the next I found this out while trying to contact her through Facebook under her
      Picture I saw her daughter’s name Natalie I went on her Facebook and I saw in memory of Tina Renee cothern May. She was also a very wonderful Entertainer I enjoyed working with both of them. We recorded an album together in Nashville. I worked with him at the landmark in Las Vegas in the main showroom of the spellcaster show. They were motorcycles driving across the stage dry ice all sorts of things right Claiborne was a very creative man, and anyone who ever entertained with him knew that. His show with definitely be one that would keep your attention from the time it began to the time and it was standing ovations and leaving you wanting more. He was a very awesome Entertainer and he and Renee both will definitely be missed I was very much in shock when I heard about Renee so I thought I would let you know for those of you that knew her as well

  11. Just found this! Was remembering Roy, I played briefly for guitar/piano in Tucson, he called me” hillbilly” ,I ended up playing for Caroline Faber (patsy cline thang) her son heck of a drummer. Many a fri/ Sat night get thru an go over an watch Roy’ s last set, then head over to Johnny’ s an munch. Great times, Great guy!

  12. I haven’t even thought of the nam Roy Clayborne in decades… not sure what brought his name to my mind today…and I did a search. I was born and raised in Tucson… I believe my mom sang with him on occasion… at the Desert Inn, Sahara, and Hilton… down on Miracle Mile. Her name was Barbara…Big Barb! I remember as a kid in the 70s thinking he was the best guitar player and singer in the whole world.. ha! Good memories as a kid…

  13. Roy Clayborne – a star. I met Roy at the Holiday Inn in HOllywood CA. in 70′ or 71′. He was playing at the restaurant bar atop the hotel that overlooked a lot of Hollywood. My friends and I came in every night while he was there. Later we all went to Vegas while he played at the Frontier alternating acts with Ray Anthony and later the hypnotist Pat Collins. He was great, could sing, perform, play guitar and was in the midst of writing “Mary Gets Around.” It was a great time and I got to know brother Johnny and bass player Billy among others well. A fun, kind and very very talented group. They did a lot of traveling around the country then but ended up back at Vegas to play at the Landmark. Elvis was playing across the street at the Hilton then. Billy, Roy and I went to see Elvis. An Elvis fan I am, but loved to hear people comparing Roy to Elvis and saying at this point Roy would win out!!! In later years, somehow, I was reading the TV Guide and actually saw his name on the Johnny Carson Show! He was, I believe, on to hype his “Spellcaster” show and once again at the Landmark in Las Vegas. I did go up to see him. He was a good friend and someone who added to my life back in the 70’s.

    And then, what a disappointment in later to years to find out on the internet that he had passed at such an early age. But then again, how great that we can add his music to all of our “devices” today, and I have.

    I saw of photo of Taylor online today that looked a lot like his father – bringing back so many memories it prompted me to write this.

    I, too, am surprised that he did not become a bigger star – but then again, he was!

  14. I seen a man named Roy Clayborne in Tucson AZ. at the time his drummer was a young man that Roy call Munchkin, and he was a rocker with thick bushy blonde hair an he would play Whip it by Defo is this the same Roy Clayborne?

  15. Johnny Clayborne, if you read this, get back w/me. I pray things are well w/ you. I’m in Ks now. That # is 620-644-8738 CELL. 620-638-4507 L

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