Monday, October 3, 2022

1972 Coast-To-Coast Surveys - September 30th - Denver, Colorado

 

Elvis Presley moves into the top spot on this week's KTLK Denver Top 40 Survey from last week's #6 position.  Chuck Berry sits at #2, putting two of the '50's biggest stars at the top of the charts in September of 1972!  (You'll also find Rick Nelson at #15, moving up five spots from the week before ... and a couple of other names that were more familiar ten years ago on the charts as well ... Jerry Wallace has the #36 song and Wayne Newton has a new premier at #40.)

Other than this little bit of retro-nostalgia, there aren't a lot of surprises to be found on this week's list.

Newton's follow-up to his chart-topping "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" (everywhere but Billboard, that is), "Can't You Hear The Song?" only peaked at #48 in Billboard, fueled largely by a lot of quick "adds" due to his most recent success.  (What's that they always say ... you're only as good as your last record???)  It DID do better, however, in both Record World (#27) and Cash Box (#38).  (There's that 20 point discrepancy factor again ... another tip of the hat to the accuracy of our Super Charts!!!)

Newton would only hit The Top 40 one more time, eight years later, when "Years" peaked at #32 in Cash Box and #35 in Billboard.  (Record World ranked it at #61 ... a THIRTY point discrepancy!!!)  It all goes back to that age-old question:  "Who do you trust???"  (kk)

Sunday, October 2, 2022

The Sunday Comments ( 10 - 2 - 22 )

Billboard Magazine ran a special salute to The 40th Anniversary of The CD last week.

Man, I fought this new technology for as long as I could, determined not to go out and re-buy everything I already owned … boy, did I lose THAT battle.

The first CD I ever bought was Michael Jackson’s “Bad” … and what lured me in was the bonus track “Leave Me Alone,” not on the vinyl album that I already owned.  And then I promised myself that I would ONLY buy something on CD if it offered me tracks I didn’t already have on vinyl.  And that’s exactly how they enticed you … more and more bonus tracks and box sets started to flood the market … and there went my hard-earned money again!

Some of these sets were remarkable … and continue to be … but many others (like so many of the bootlegs I’ve also bought over the years) only continued to prove the fact that most of these tracks sat unreleased for a reason … they sucked!

Naturally, that didn’t stop me … and soon I was replacing everything.  It just made the most sense … the sound was better (to my ears anyway – I’m sure we’ve got a LOT of readers out there who feel otherwise) … they were so much more “compact” for storage and didn’t weigh a ton if and when you had to move them … I still find it difficult to read a lot of the liner notes (even more so as I get older!), but I now have VERY little vinyl LPs anymore (and even then mostly material that, for one reason or another, has not been issued on CD) and am certainly NOT going to buy more vinyl at this point (and pay double or triple the cost of a CD in order to do so!)

Still, 40 years … wow, time sure flies.

DIDJAKNOW? The very first CD ever issued was Billy Joel’s “52nd Street”

I didn’t know that!  (But now that I’ve read it, I think I probably DID know it at the time and just didn’t remember it – nor would it have been my guess, even if it was the million dollar question posed by Regis!)  kk

Learn lots more here:

https://www.billboard.com/pro/cd-history-music-business-format-40-years/#recipient_hashed=fa7e92da6f6e66bffcf0bcbf863670c6eb37d7159eb4d0ea1e44fecd5ec87eeb&recipient_salt=3a1d6b09af3b92ad7e38f8327cf18febeb049fd1c9a251b66957a07d9375735c

(Some of the perspective shown is quite fascinating!)  kk

When I first read about the Genesis deal, I couldn’t help but wonder what the most enticing part about their catalog was.

Now I’ll admit … there probably aren’t many songs that have been used in all the different ways that Phil Collins’ classic “In The Air Tonight” has been used … but that’s not even technically a Genesis song (although the rights to it are most definitely part of the deal.)

So it got me to thinking …

How did our audience determine the biggest, most note-worthy, most ESSENTIAL Classic Rock Songs of this power trio.

Well, the only way to OFFICALLY find out, of course, is to check The Forgotten Hits TOP 3333 MOST ESSENTIAL CLASSIC ROCK SONGS OF ALL TIME List …

So that’s exactly what we did.

Genesis placed sixteen songs on the list of your Top 3333 Favorites.  Their highest ranking song was “That’s All,” which came in at #254.  (Not too shabby!)

In fact, they placed SIX songs in the Top 1000 (plus one more that just missed, coming in at #1060)  Others include “Misunderstanding,” “Follow You, Follow Me,” “Abacab,” “Turn It On Again” and “Invisible Touch.”  (“Tonight Tonight Tonight” is the one that came in at #1060 … while one of MY favorites, “I Can’t Dance,” came in at #1127.)

Phil Collins’ solo records add another dozen titles to the coffer, with the expected “In The Air Tonight” finishing the highest at #41.  Phil’s “Take Me Home” also made The Top 1000 … while his remake of “You Can’t Hurry Love” came in at #1044.  (Of course that one, a Holland-Dozier-Holland tune, wouldn’t be part of the new deal.)

Mike + the Mechanics added three more titles to the list, ALL of which made The Top 1000.  (“The Living Years” came in at #800, followed by “All I Need Is A Miracle” (#834) and “Silent Running” (#989.)  I’m not sure if these qualify or not, but I believe that they do.  (kk)

And, speaking of All-Time Greatest Classic Rock Songs, Ultimate Classic Rock has put a new spin on The Top 100 Classic Rock Songs List, limiting each artist to only ONE track that best represents their body of work.

Aerosmith topped their list with “Dream On,” followed by Led Zeppelin at #2 (represented by “Kashmir”), The Rolling Stones at #3 (“Gimme Shelter”), AC/DC at #4 (with “Back In Black’) and The Beatles at #5, represented by “A Day In The Life.”

It’s an interesting perspective … and an interesting list, sure to spice up some argumentative but stimulating debate.  (In my case, I prefer to let the Classic Rock Fans speak their piece.)  Even narrowing it down to one representative track for each artist would be a point of contention.

For example, while Aerosmith tops both of our lists with “Dream On,” Led Zeppelin is represented by “Kashmir” rather than their signature tune “Stairway To Heaven” …

The Beatles’ highest ranking tunes on our list were (incredibly) two George Harrisongs … “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Here Comes The Sun” … followed by “Hey Jude,” which I would expect to be the “universal” favorite … but UCR chose “A Day In The Life” as the songs to best represent The Fab Four … a great choice for sure … but the definitive one?

Tough choice on AC/DC – their two best known, best loved tracks (“You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Back In Black”) finished just inches apart in our fan-voted countdown, coming in at numbers 34 and 49 respectively … but UCR chose “Back In Black” as their top pick.  (I can live with that … both songs were literally neck-to-neck in the Forgotten Hits Poll.)

But the very idea of reducing The Rolling Stones to just one track (even if it IS “Gimme Shelter,” their top pick on both our lists) seems ludicrous in retrospect …

The Stones placed an incredible SIX songs in our Top 40 Ranking, eclipsing every other artist by a landslide.

You can check out their list here …

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/top-100-classic-rock-songs/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ugh&utm_term=UCR

(But give it some time to load as I had ALL kinds of connection problems yesterday when I was trying to check it out!) 

And OUR list here:  https://classicrockessentials.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-top-3333-most-essential-classic.html

[We will send you a copy of the complete list if you request it]

And please note … my hope is to review that list in greater detail in the months to come and better refine it.  Since it was first published, a number of readers have made observations and contributions to help “tighten things up” a bit … and I would like to incorporate all of that into some slightly revamped final standings … which would then replace the list currently on display via the link above.  (Several of those videos that we originally linked to are no longer available … and talk about a long time to load!!!)

A more traditional list (showing The Top 3333 Rankings as well as broken down rankings by song title and artist) would probably make more sense … and become more accessible to others wanting to see where their favorites happened to fall.)

kk

I finally received my copy of the new David Leaf greatly revamped book (now titled “God Only Knows: The Story Of Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and The California Myth” last week … and I can’t wait to start reading it.  The reviews have been outstanding.  (Leaf went from writing a book on The Beach Boys to actually becoming part of Brian Wilson’s inner circle, actually working for him and putting together a couple of award-winning documentaries … a pretty fascinating tale, offering perspective that only he can offer.)

And Harvey Kubernik tells us that you can catch David live via this streaming link on Wednesday, October 12th, talking all about it!

God Only Knows: Celebrating the Release of David Leaf’s Brian Wilson Biography

Wednesday, October 12th at 4 pm in Lani Hall

FREE ADMISSION

Come join Peabody Award winning author and UCLA Professor David Leaf in an event celebrating the release of his critically-acclaimed book God Only Knows: The Story of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys and the California Myth. Originally released in 1978, the new edition of what’s been called “The Beach Boys bible” has been massively updated. With new chapters that are more than half the length of the original, readers are getting “two books in one.” This new edition includes exclusive contributions from Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Barry Gibb, Jimmy Webb and Brian Wilson’s wife, Melinda Wilson, and many more.

Emmy Award winning broadcaster Roy Firestone will interview Leaf in Lani Hall in front of a live audience and the event will be livestreamed. Attendees of the live event can stay for a book signing afterwards. Readers are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book to bring to the event for a signing

(you can order it here: https://amzn.to/3zNkbbp) and visit David Leaf’s website for more information about the God Only Knows VIP Experience.

David Leaf became a friend and collaborator of Brian Wilson’s after the publication of his 1978 edition of God Only Knows. For this new edition, Brian Wilson himself wrote that “For over thirty years I’ve trusted David Leaf with my music and my story.” An early review of the book calls it “eloquently written, well-structured, and told with warmth and affection for the subject matter.”

Don’t miss this exciting chance to meet the author of what is considered to be the definitive book about a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a genuine legend in American music.


Kent,

In regards to Chuck Berry's MY DING-A-LING, it didn't make our weekly top 40 radio survey. That doesn't mean that it wasn't played a time or two. However, his live version of REELIN' & ROCKIN' made the survey and peaked at #8 for the week of March 14, 1973. Also, that very same week, Shel Silverstein's SARAH CYNTHIA SYLVIA STOUT (WOULD NOT TAKE THE GARGAGE OUT) peaked at #10. A record I have not thought of until his name was mentioned in today's FH.

Larry

Shel Silverstein was a regular fixture on the old Dr. Demento shows … I always enjoyed his work, both musically and in book form … we owned several of his books and CDs when our girls were growing up.  (I can’t believe “Sarah …” was a Top Ten Record ‘tho!!!  Lol)  Must have been a listener favorite to achieve that!  (Nationally, it actually DID manage to "bubble under" in both Billboard and Record World, reaching #107 in Billboard ... but taking seven weeks to climb that high!)  kk

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Phil Nee's Interview This Weekend Is For The Byrds ... Or, At The Very Least, For Byrds Fans Everywhere - As He Talks To Roger McGuinn!

Today for the interview we go back to the reel to reel archives and salute rock and folk royalty.  
 
James 'Roger' McGuinn was born in Chicago in 1942.   He went on to be a founding member of the legendary Byrds, a group that was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.  
 
In 2001 Roger joined me on WRCO to talk about his new release at the time, Treasures From the Folk Den.  We discussed the inspiration for that album.
 
 
It is amazing to hear first hand stories of iconic figures like those that Roger McGuinn has been influenced by and those that his music has inspired.
 
 
 
He has remained active recording many solo projects over the years with his most recent being a set called 'Merry Christmas' in 2020.  He also has been willing to share new music from his web site.  Music on the
internet was still fairly new when we spoke in 2001.

  

Roger McGuinn was a member of Bobby Darin's band for several years before forming The Byrds.

Here's an excerpt from our Bobby Darin series 

( And, you can read the whole thing here:  

http://forgottenhits.com/the_bobby_darin_story )

'60's FLASHBACK:

BOBBY's passion for folk music dates back several years.  In late 1962, he went to see LENNY BRUCE perform at THE CRESCENDO in Los Angeles.  THE CHAD MITCHELL TRIO were the opening act that night and BOBBY fell in love with the stylings of their guitarist.  In fact, after the show was over, he went backstage to meet the band and offered the guitar player DOUBLE what he was currently making to join his own back-up band.  As it turned out, the guitarist was bored with the music of the CHAD MITCHELL TRIO ... and was already considering an offer to join THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS.  DARIN persuaded him that he would be lost in the crowd of such a large outfit and that he would be better served "hooking up with me."   And, that's how it came to be that future-BYRD ROGER McGUINN began playing guitar for BOBBY DARIN!

McGUINN takes credit for first introducing DARIN to the music of BOB DYLAN, all the more fitting in that THE BYRDS launched their career with a cover of the DYLAN song MR. TAMBOURINE MAN.  Likewise, BOBBY's philosophy on rock and roll is said to have influenced ROGER McGUINN, prompting THE BYRDS to plug in their guitars and perform "electric" folk music, something that DYLAN himself would later do.

In hindsight, BOBBY DARIN has become quite the folk pioneer.  He was one of the first artists to prominently feature the music of BOB DYLAN in his nightclub act and bridged the gap between rock and roll, big band and folk music ...  truly alone in his league in doing so.  Later, however, when mid-show he would slip off his tuxedo jacket to change into a denim one, he began to lose a good part of his audience in Las Vegas.  However, he was one of the first pioneers to be accepted dressed in denim with his little four-piece band at "in" places like THE TROUBADOUR in Los Angeles, perhaps the hippest club in L.A..  Here he was able to play some of his new music and have it accepted for what it was ... honest, thought-provoking music with integrity.  Artists like RICK NELSON and NEIL DIAMOND would soon follow in BOBBY's footsteps, performing at THE TROUBADOUR in an effort to showcase another side of THEIR music as well.

DIDJAKNOW?:  The concept for BOBBY's film THE VENDORS dated back to 1966 ... in fact, at one time THE BYRD's leader / guitarist ROGER McGUINN was considered for the lead role.  (McGUINN played guitar in BOBBY's back-up band in the early '60's.  He had told BOBBY that he wanted to get into movies but by 1966 THE BYRDS were a very well known folk / rock act.)  DARIN considered the role to be the perfect springboard for a film career ... hell, it had worked for him!  However, the role of a heroin addict / junkie wasn't something McGUINN wanted to be associated with for the rest of his career and, at the very last minute, he backed out.  DARIN sent him the bill for a lost day of shooting!

 

Be sure to listen to Phil Nee's THOSE WERE THE DAYS radio program tonight … and EVERY Satuarday Night on WRCO ... 6 pm – Midnight (Central):

WRCO AM FM Radio Richland Center Wisconsin

Just click on the 100.9 headphones and start streaming!

 

Friday, September 30, 2022

THE FRIDAY FLASH

A Boy Named Shel …

Hi, Kent ...
Had to send this. Shel graduated from my alma mater 19 years before I did.  Lotsa famous folks came from RHS.
Mike


Now that’s pretty cool!!!  I had to dig out Shel’s original version of this ‘60’s classic, too!  (kk)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who have been lending their talents to reimagining some great pop tunes over the past few years (Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, The Carpenters, others) have their own brand new album coming out October 28th.

It’s a tribute to Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” in honor of the LP’s 50th anniversary.  They’ll perform Oldfield’s album in its entirety along with a few other songs of his for good measure.

And, speaking of new album releases, Bruce Springsteen is set to drop an album of covers of some of his R&B favorites.  This one will become available in November (on 11/11.)

Titled “Only The Strong Survive” (named after the featured Jerry Butler tune from 1969), this one has been a dream project of Springsteen for quite some time – and he covers a number of familiar tunes (“Someday We’ll Be Together,” “Turn Back The Hands Of Time,” “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” “I Wish It Would Rain” and “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted”) as well as the obscure (“I Forgot To Be Your Lover” by William Bell and “Soul Days,” a Dobie Gray track, both of which feature Sam Moore, formerly of Sam and Dave, singing along with The Boss on a couple of tracks, perhaps as a means of providing some authenticity to the project.  (Early reports say the LP it’s quite good … but fans seem a bit disappointed that Bruce didn’t include The Soul Survivors’ hit “Expressway To Your Heart,” a song he has performed in concert numerous times.)

Bruce and the E Street Band take off on an international tour beginning in February of next year.  (kk)

More here:

https://www.billboard.com/music/rock/bruce-springsteen-only-the-strong-survive-rb-covers-album-1235146879/#recipient_hashed=fa7e92da6f6e66bffcf0bcbf863670c6eb37d7159eb4d0ea1e44fecd5ec87eeb&recipient_salt=3a1d6b09af3b92ad7e38f8327cf18febeb049fd1c9a251b66957a07d9375735c

But the big story this past week has been about the new Beach Boys Deluxe 6-CD release showcasing their “Carl and the Passions” and “Holland” LP’s.

The set boasts TONS of bonus material, an entire live concert from this era, remixed versions of their two albums and more.

Unfortunately, huge Beach Boys collector that I am, I’m having a hard time getting too excited about this one because I have always found these two LPs to be among their weakest.  (I can barely make it thru the original track list for each … there’s just no way I want to listen to 100 “new” versions that were never deemed good enough for release in the first place!)  So I’m going to take a pass on this one.  (kk)

Still, in The Beach Boys Universe, this is a very big deal … as Capitol / Brother continues to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

You can read LOTS more about it here …

https://theseconddisc.com/2022/09/27/california-saga-the-beach-boys-sail-on-sailor-1972-explores-carl-and-the-passions-holland/

John Mellencamp has announced a massive 76 date tour that’ll kick off in February.  Looks like there’ll be a whole lot of Midwest appearances on this one. 

(The list’s too long to run here … but you can check it out here:)

https://bestclassicbands.com/john-mellencamp-2023-tour-9-29-22/

Phil Collins and Genesis have sold their song rights for $300 million.  (Songs written by Peter Gabriel are NOT part of this sale.)  How lucrative is their catalog?  One report states that Collins alone was earning upwards of $6 million per year in royalties.

This is just the latest in a long series of artists cashing in on their catalog of work.  As many of these artists get older, this has proven to be a great way to take care of their families for generations to come. 

Meanwhile, Phil Collins’ son Nic will be joining the Mike + the Mechanics tour. (Nic took over the drumming duties on Genesis’ farewell tour this past year when it became to painful for Dad to pound the skins.  Phil actually performed a number of shows sitting in a chair due to excruciating back pain.  VERY cool that Mike Rutherford’s Genesis side project now has some “family ties.”  (kk)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tuesday This And That

Did you get a chance to listen to Phil Nee’s program Saturday Night?

As I was listening to the countdown of our 1972 favorites, it hit me like a thunderbolt when I realized that I left one of my VERY favorite songs from that year off my Top 40 List!

The minute I heard Phil play his #32 pick, “You Wear It Well” by Rod Stewart, I came to the realization that I had left “Stay With Me” by Faces off my list.  (In fact, I jumped up to double check my Joel Whitburn Pop Annual book because I couldn’t believe that I missed it!)  This song ABSOLUTELY would have made my Top Ten.  (In fact, it’s funny because while listening to the show I came up with several instances where on that particular day, I liked THIS song more than I like THAT song … but when you put together a program like this, you have to go with your gut instinct at that exact moment of time … and this show was taped several weeks ago ... and our lists were chosen a month or two before that!)

A few others that may have deserved a little better ranking from me would have to be “Go All The Way” by The Raspberries (I had it just outside The Top Ten a #11 when it really should have been IN The Top Ten … but honestly, you can only have ten songs in your Top Ten!  Lol  And I just late-added “Stay With Me” to that exclusive club!  So SOMEBODY's gotta end up at #11!)

“Day After Day” may have ranked a little bit higher, too, because boy, I sure loved this song when it first came out … played the heck out of it … and with Phil ranking these two tracks (“Go All The Way” and “Day After Day”) back-to-back as his two biggest favorites from ’72, this may have influenced me a little bit, too, to kick them both up a bit, once I saw the final standings.

But I stick by my picks because that’s exactly how I felt at the time that I picked them.

And since I can, I’m gonna feature Faces today as a “bonus countdown track” … because it definitely deserved a spot somewhere on that program!  (kk)

From frequent Forgotten Hits Contributor Shelly Sweet-Tufano ...

A special Thank You to Herman’s Hermits starring Peter None …

I won't give it a full review. It was grand. It was glorious.

I am ever so thankful to Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone for presenting my hometown, Milford, CT, with a benefit concert for our family homeless shelter, Beth-El Center.

I have been involved with the shelter from an educator's stance and in providing Christmas presents for the children at times.

They traveled from Alexandra Bay, NY, to Milford and now are on the road to Derry, NH.

People do not always express their appreciation, but I want to do just that, right now.

THANK YOU, Peter, Vance, Rich, Billy and Dave!

From my heart, and from the "Small City with the Big Heart" we thank you for everything you did for our community last night.

The glowsticks were a thank you and a pay-back to my community. 

Shelley J Sweet-Tufano 

Peter Noone does a fair amount of charitable work each year (and always has.)  It’s always low-key because that’s the way he likes it.  He doesn’t do it for the attention … he just genuinely cares and has made quite an impact with those in need over the years … and his satisfaction comes in knowing that he helped … and that it made a difference.  Pretty commendable traits, don’t you agree.

So while I’m sure he’ll find my comments today totally unnecessary (and perhaps even a little bit embarrassing), it IS nice to stop and say “Thank You” once in a while … as well as a hearty “We Appreciate You” every now and then.

So thank you for your letter today.  Hopefully he’ll see it and feel a warm spot in his heart, even for just a moment, for this very minor bit of recognition for all he’s done.  (kk)

So let me get this straight …

You put the lime in the coconut …

No wait …

Start over …

So let me get this straight …

Bob Dylan, who some might say (and many have) just may be the most prolific songwriter of our time, has a new book coming out on November 1st called “The Philosophy Of Modern Song” …

But in it, he salutes OTHER songs by OTHER songwriters, breaking them down to the most basic analysis …

According to the press release, "He analyzes what he calls the trap of easy rhymes, breaks down how the addition of a single syllable can diminish a song and even explains how bluegrass relates to heavy metal."  (They also found his essays and analysis to be "mysterious and mercurial, poignant and profound, and often laugh-out-loud funny.”

The list of songs and artists that he profiles is really quite remarkable … there are 66 in all!  (Many times it’s the artist most associated with the recording rather than the songwriter who created it that gets the spotlight) … you’ll find a partial list of titles below … and there’s not a Bob Dylan song on the list!  (You’d think if Dylan was writing a book about songwriting, he’d use his own work as examples … and then get into the intricacies that distinguish a good song … and a remarkable one.)

Still there is something interesting and enticing about this whole concept.

“My Generation” (The Who), “Tutti Frutti” (Little Richard), “Poor Little Fool (Ricky Nelson), “Mack The Knife” and “Beyond The Sea” (Bobby Darin), “The Pretender” (Jackson Browne), "Detroit City" (Bobby Bare), "You Don’t Know Me" (Ray Charles), "Ball of Confusion" (The Temptations), "If You Don’t Know Me by Now" (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes), "El Paso" (Marty Robbins), “You Don’t Know Me” and “I Got A Woman” (Ray Charles), "Truckin'" (The Grateful Dead), "Volare" (Domenico Modugno), "Your Cheatin' Heart" (Hank Williams), "Blue Bayou" (Roy Orbison), "Midnight Rider" (The Allman Brothers Band), "Blue Suede Shoes" (Carl Perkins), "My Prayer" (The Platters), "War" (Edwin Starr), "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" (Cher), "Witchy Woman" (Eagles), "Big Boss Man" (Jimmy Reed), "Long Tall Sally" (Little Richard), "Black Magic Woman" (Santana), "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (Glen Campbell), "Come On-a My House" (Rosemary Clooney), "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" (Johnny Cash), "Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood" (Nina Simone), "Strangers in the Night" (Frank Sinatra), "Viva Las Vegas" (Elvis Presley) and many, many more.

And as much as I might like to READ this book … I’m might be equally tempted to LISTEN to it …

Check this out …

There will be a seven-hour audio book available, narrated by Dylan himself, as well as a host of others …

Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Oscar Isaac, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Sissy Spacek, Alfre Woodard, Jeffrey Wright and Renee Zellweger have already recorded some of Bob’s interpretations for the tapes!  (kk)

https://www.amazon.com/Philosophy-Modern-Song-Bob-Dylan/dp/1451648707/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1Y1IGST8V6RON&keywords=Philosophy+Of+Modern+Song&qid=1664275727&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIwLjcwIiwicXNhIjoiMC42MSIsInFzcCI6IjAuNzAifQ%3D%3D&s=books&sprefix=philosophy+of+modern+song%2Cstripbooks%2C72&sr=1-1

Harvey Kubernik ran an EXCELLENT piece on the story behind the Johnny Cash smash “A Boy Named Sue” that we’d like to share.

It just goes to show you that sometimes even the biggest stars can’t always pick a winner.  Any reluctance that Cash may have felt about recording the song was immediately proven unfounded as “A Boy Named Sue” went on to become the biggest hit of his career.

Check out the story behind the song … and the recording … and of Johnny’s first performance of the tune at San Quentin Prison in 1969 (where he literally had to read the lyrics off the paper up on stage to get thru it.)  Wife June Carter Cash insisted he give the song a chance … she was SURE it could be a big hit for him … and then stashed the lyrics in his travel bag prior to his trip to San Quentin.  (Be sure to watch the video, too, to see what we mean!)

“A Boy Named Sue” went to #2 on Billboard’s Pop Chart and stayed there for three weeks in September of ’69 (some 53 years ago this month) … and it topped the chart in Record World.  (It DID reach #1 on Billboard’s Country Music Chart, where it remained for five weeks, the third of three consecutive #1 Records for Johnny on the Country Chart.  (“Folsom Prison Blues” reached the top in 1968 and remained there for four weeks, followed in early 1969 by Cash’s version of “Daddy Sang Bass,” a Carl Perkins tune that ruled the roost for six weeks, and then “A Boy Named Sue,” #1 for another five.  (Not a bad run for a guy who hadn’t had a #1 Hit since 1964’s “Understand Your Man” and 1963’s classic, “Ring Of Fire.”)  “A Boy Named Sue” would go on to win Grammys that year for Country Song and Country Male Vocal … and was also voted CMA’s Single Of The Year.  (kk)

https://bestclassicbands.com/johnny-cash-boy-named-sue-shel-silverstein-1-29-211/