Johnny Cash died
The death of Johnny Cash is a tremendous
loss to the music world in general and country music in particular.
From his first recordings for the legendary SUN label in Memphis
to his final work with producer Lou Robin the listener was never
cheated.Johnny Cash was true to his music and never afraid
to take stand.
The general public will remember Johnny
for songs like "I Walk The Line", "A Boy Named Sue",
"Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "One
Piece At A Time" and "Daddy Sang Bass". His fans
are more likely to point to landmark albums like "Bitter Tears",
"Ride This Train" and "Sings The Ballads of The True
West". Johnny was a terrific story teller and he made it all
come alive against the sparse backing of The Tennessee Three.
I will remember Johnny for all of the above and then some;
"Big River", "I Still Miss Someone", "Blue
Train", "Luther's Boogie", "Get Rhythm",
"Rock & Roll Ruby", "Sunday Morning Coming Down",
"I've Got A Thing About Trains", "Delia's Gone"
and "I Will Rock 'n' Roll With You". In the latter he
recalled his days at 706 Union in Memphis:
used to call me rockabilly, all of us ran through,
Opened Up The Door Wop-Bop-A-Lop-Bam-Boom,
1955, on Union Avenue,
Carl and Jerry And Charlie and Roy And
Billy Riley Too,
A new sun rising on the way we sing,
a world of weirdoes waiting in the wings"
& Roll With You" by Johnny Cash).
all the great music J.R. and may you rest in peace.
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Johnny Cash.
I've been a big fan of his for years. Like all of us, I was
familiar with his success when I was much younger. It was only after
I'd gotten interested in Rock Music's early years that I began
to have a better look at him. As he'd started out at Sun Records
in the mid 50s with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
I came to like his music very much as it had an Honesty and Sincerity.
Perhaps this was a reflection of who he was. I'd gotten so I always
enjoyed reading his interviews, He always had something to say.
In the 60s, He had a close relationship with Bob Dylan. Evidently,
They'd exchanged quite a few letters. Cash remarked that he'd never
shown them to anyone not even June (his wife).
was an Intelligent and Thoughtful Man. He carried himself with Dignity
and Respect. I especially value his example as a Christian. In that
he lived his faith through his Words and Actions.
that he recorded for American Recordings (Record Label) are Highly
Recommended. Producer Rick Rubin was a Wonderful Collaborator. He
recorded Cash in a Spare, Minimal way. Which put emphasis on his
Lyrics and Vocals. Focusing on his obvious strengths. These Four
Albums contain some very Powerful Works. Especially, From the
Solitary Man album, "The Mercy Seat" written by Nick Cave.
A Song about an Innocent Man on Death Row. And, of course, "Hurt"
from The Man Comes Around.
I was fortunate enough
to see Cash perform back in 1994 in Branson (of all places). Cash
was a Charismatic Performer. It was Electric. He played a Lengthy
Set which included June Carter Cash and her sister Helen playing
a short set of Carter Family songs. It was some Deep Stuff.
Cash often referred to his music as "The Gift". Indeed,
Love To You All,
Tom Couch (USA)