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Johnny Cash Live At San Quentin Album

Johnny Cash “A Boy Named Sue”
The Johnny Cash Show Television Series
New Book The Man Who Carried Cash:  Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash and the Making of an American Icon

By Harvey Kubernik ©  2018

“A Boy Named Sue,” written by humorist, poet, and singer/songwriter Shel Silverstein became a popular hit record during 1969 by Johnny

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On February 24, 1969, two days before he turned 37, Cash recorded the song live in concert at California’s San Quentin State Prison for his Johnny Cash At San Quentin album produced by Bob Johnston, issued on Columbia Records June 26, 1969.

Born Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein in Chicago in 1930, Silverstein was known for his cartoons, songs, children’s books and contributions to Playboy magazine.  

During 1969 Silverstein’s own recording of “Boy Named Sue,” a 45 RPM on the LP Boy Named Sue (And His other Country Songs),was produced by Chet Atkins and Felton Jarvis.     

It has been said that Silverstein’s inspiration for the song’s title came from a man named Sue K. Hicks, who was a judge in the state of Tennessee. Silverstein heard Hicks speak at an event, and was intrigued by the name of Sue for a man. Apparently it was the father of Sue Hicks who   named the boy after his mother, Susanna Hicks, who died during hospital birth. Continue reading

Johnny Cash: Ten Years After

Harvey Kubernik interviews filmmaker Jonathan Holiff on his documentary My Father and the Man In Black.

Harvey Kubernik interviews author Robert Hilburn on his definitive biography JOHNNY CASH: THE LIFE;

Inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, winner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Kennedy Center Honor, Johnny Cash on September 12, 2003 left the physical planet at the age of 71. His status in the last decade has only grown as a musical, spiritual, literary and retail influence. Cash and I have the same February 26th birthday.
The 2005 biopic on his life Walk The Line grossed more than $300 million and his posthumous albums have totaled over $130 million.
In 2006 his final studio album, American V: A Hundred Highways, went to #1 on both the Pop and Country charts.
In the summer of 2013 the U.S. Post Office selected Johnny Cash as one of the three musicians chosen to inaugurate the new Music Icons stamp series.
“It just truly embodies my father’s spirit, who he was,” his son John Carter Cash said. “It’s different. That’s one thing: It stands out to me as being unique. It’s very commanding when you see the stamp.” Continue reading

Record producer Bob Johnston on Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash

Record producer Bob Johnston on Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash 

Johnny Cash on Bob Dylan 

June 17th 40th Anniversary of Bob Dylan’s Epochal “Nashville Skyline” album 

By Harvey Kubernik c 2009 

” With ‘Nashville Skyline’ Dylan continued to box himself into the arena of the Beatles and, in particular, the Rolling Stones and show us all not only how good he was at the same game, but how to change and improve it.” —— Andrew Loog Oldham, record producer, author, and DJ, currently heard on Little Steven’s Underground Garage” broadcast on the Sirius/XM Satellite Radio network.

June 17, 2009 marked the 40th anniversary of the original Columbia Records release of Bob Dylan’s delightful “Nashville Skyline” album produced by Bob Johnston. Continue reading