Saturday, February 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Johnny

Johnny CashBorn today in 1932, one of the greatest American musicians of the 20th century, the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. Grammys crowned his career in its twilight and they were well earned. I've said this before but it bears repeating: if you haven't listened to these albums, you must. They're an astounding collection of songs from gospel to rock to Nine Inch Nails, and they're all Cash. They're all great. Some of them will make you laugh, and some will break your heart.

And the sixth one, even though it was released so much later, is more than just an attempt to cash in - it's good stuff. Good stuff.
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At 11:27 PM, February 26, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Back in the '80s Johnny Cash and wife June Carter were concert headliners at a county fair in California's San Joaquin Valley where a friend I later made, then in high school, was working as a waitress. My friend, being very good at her job, was selected to serve the Cashes dinner in their dressing room. She told me years later when we met how nice they had been to her, that they made no difficult demands (although they did request an American flag in their dressing room), behaved like regular folks, and treated her graciously and respectfully.

When TMZ was putting famous musicians' performance contracts online years later, it turned out that Johnny and June's was considered a model of reasonableness and simplicity, and that they were the antithesis of divas (divos?).

Oh, and my friend also told me of another country music act that headlined there a few -- or is it several (LOL!)? -- years later who were a pair of beyotches. Not namin' any names or anything... ;-)


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