There’s a number of reason I love Johnny Cash, but mostly it comes down to just how much he loved music. The man was, by all accounts, a veritable encyclopedia of American music, and he collected songs like no other. His own career is a testament to how much he enjoyed sharing popular songs, but great evidence of his love came in the form of the Johnny Cash Show, which ran from 1961-1971 on ABC.
It seems like every popular musician of the day got their own show, but it was Johnny Cash who turned his show into something other than a half-assed variety show. Cash used his televised music pulpit to preach the love of music, no matter the style or genre. So I’m asking for a few minutes of your day to spend some time with Johnny, and a selection of the amazing guests he booked on his show. I was just lamenting with my mom the other day that there was no DVD record of the Johnny Cash show (which I can only imagine would cost a fortune in usage rights to sell as a complete record), but lo and behold! ‘The Best of the Johnny Cash Show’ is coming to DVD this September. AWESOME!
To the right you should see a great Johnny & June moment as they duet on “I Still Miss Someone” and “Jackson“. Hit the jump for fun with Derek & the Dominoes, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Liza Minnelli (no kidding), and more.
I couldn’t start this out with Johnny and June and then not showcase why she was the darling of the country stage. Here’s a great collection of moments between Johnny & June, wherein June always gets the better of the Man in Black