Johnny Cash – ‘The Man in Black’ and a country music legend. I’ll play 14 amazing songs from his first releases on SUN Records in the mid-50s, to his glory years at Columbia in the 60s and 70s, and his final years working with producer Rick Rubin into the new millennium. From ‘I Walk the Line’ and ‘A Boy Named Sue’ to ‘The Highwayman’ and beyond – a fascinating life of triumph and tragedy; a complicated man, and, as Rolling Stone magazine wrote in 2020 he was: ‘…part rural preacher, part outlaw Robin Hood; he was a blue-collar prophet who, dressed in stark contrast to the glinting rhinestones and shimmering psychedia of the time, spoke truth to power…’
I’ll also have a birthday salute to David Clayton-Thomas sweeping us from his mid-60s emergence as a key figure in ‘The Toronto Sound’, to his superstardom with Blood, Sweat & Tears, and his fine solo work. In the show’s first hour (2-3pm.) – ‘Our Sunday Best – A Century of #1 Hits‘ – listen for chart-toppers from this week in the 30s with Glenn Miller, the 40s with Frank Sinatra, the 50s with Tony Bennett, and into the 80s with Tina Turner. I’ll also tell you ‘The Story Behind the Song‘ ‘House of the Rising Sun’. I hope you’ll join me this Sunday, September 10th, 2:00 to 4:30pm.