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Tag: Johnny Cash

Bagpipes
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Musical Impersonations (on Wax)

Merle Haggard‘s tough-as-nails image, at times, belied his comic gifts, particularly his superb abilities as a mimic, represented here on this clip from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour TV show, possibly from 1969: Haggard’s impersonations in the following order – Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Buck Owens & Johnny Cash Enough

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45 sides +/- obscure tracks
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“What Is a [blank]” 45s

Today’s piece is inspired by (i.e., lifted from) a special Top 40 list of 7-inch vinyl compiled by 45Cat contributor, stereotom.  These (literally) defining songs — whose titles all begin with the phrase “What Is a [blank]” — have been organized chronologically and married with streaming audio where possible (click

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45 sides +/- obscure tracks
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Quirky 45s That “Bubbled Under” 1959-1976

It’s almost impossible to fathom now, but at one time in the United States, tiny “indie” labels could actually get their records played on the radio.  This period was a narrow window of time, as predictably (and inevitably), the major labels would consolidate their hold on the marketplace by effectively

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50s/60s rockabilly bop +/- boogie
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Summer Beach Read – Fun Fluff

Breezy, offbeat, trashy, yet intermittently illuminating – and just in time! Zero to 180’s curated highlights from 1983’s Rolling Stone Rock Almanac humbly serves as your Summer Beach Read!  These carefully selected bits of humor and offbeat information have been lavished with picture sleeves from around the world, streaming audio,

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"The Name Game"
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Bob Johnston’s Moldy Goldies

Bob Johnston – who famously produced Bob Dylan‘s Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde and Johnny Cash‘s Folsom Prison, among many other classic albums – left us last August.  How startling to discover that Johnston used Nashville’s finest session musicians in 1966 to record a “dazzling anti-masterpiece” (as notes

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"Ode to Big Joe"
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“Ode to Big Joe”: Big Joe Talbot, That’s Who

Thanks to the contributor of YouTube’s only audio clip of “Ode to Big Joe,” I now know which country singers are being affectionately parodied by The Willis Brothers in this song. Question:  Can you close your eyes and identify the four music legends being spoofed? Scroll down for the answer

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"Five Minutes to Live"
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“Five Minutes to Live”: Death Sentence Commuted to 50 Years

My deep appreciation to Brian Horrorwitz of Trash Palace for introducing me to a great tune that was sung by Johnny Cash and featured in a mediocre film in which he starred: “Five Minutes to Live“ Johnny Cash (1960) I am especially in awe of Luther Perkins’ guitar lines, who

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"Understand Your Man"
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“Understand Your Man”: Little Jimmy Dempsey Picks on Johnny Cash

Guitarist “Little” Jimmy Dempsey uses twin guitars to transform Johnny Cash‘s “Understand Your Man” into a tuneful instrumental that bears little resemblance to the original – in a good way: “Understand Your Man“ Little Jimmy Dempsey (c. 1970) This track can be found on 1970’s Little Jimmy Dempsey Picks on Johnny

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"Abilene"
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“Abilene”: It’s the Bass

“Abilene” was originally an album track on Bob Gibson‘s 1957 album, I Come For To Sing:.  “Little is known about the origins of this song,” say the liner notes on the back of the LP, and yet “Abilene” is widely known to have three authors — Bob Gibson, Lester Brown,

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"Jackson"
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“Jackson”: Public’s Help Sought in Identifying Artist

As soon as I picked up this album and felt the lightweight textured paper, I knew right away that this record was from outside the “West” – in this case, Romania: Much of this album is a mystery since there are practically no credits, but I’m guessing it came out

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