On Roy’s sixth birthday, his father gave him a guitar. He later recalled that by the age of seven, “I was finished, you know, for anything else”; music would be his life. His major musical influence as a youth was country music. He was particularly moved by Lefty Frizzell’s singing, with its slurred syllables. (When he later joined the British-American supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, he adopted the name “Lefty” Wilbury). He also enjoyed Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. One of the first musicians he heard in person was Ernest Tubb, playing on the back of a truck in Fort Worth. In West Texas, he was exposed to many forms of music: “sepia” (a euphemism for rhythm and blues), Tex-Mex, the orchestral arrangements of Mantovani, and cajun. The cajun favorite “Jole Blon” was one of the first songs he sang in public. At the age of eight, he began singing on a local radio show. By the late 1940s, he was the show’s host.