The Johnny Cash Show
The Johnny Cash Show was an American television music variety show hosted by Johnny Cash. The Screen Gems 58-episode series ran from June 7, 1969 to March 31, 1971 on ABC; it was taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
The show lasted a little under two years, but in that time it hosted a lot of fantastic musical guests. Johnny Cash had great taste in music and had to fight to get his choices on tv on several occasions.
There are so many great artists and they’re giving some of the best performances ever done for TV.
Here are my 11 favorite You Tube clips from the magnificent, The Johnny Cash Show:
Bob Dylan – I Threw It All Away , Living The Blues and Girl From The North Country (duet with Johnny Cash):
Neil Young – The Needle and the damage done and Journey through the past:
Johnny Cash & Kris Kristofferson – Sunday Morning Coming Down:
Cash fought hard to keep the word, “stoned” in the lyrics that were broadcast.
Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer-songwriter. Joplin first rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her more soulful and bluesy backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. She was one of the more popular acts at the Monterey Pop Festival and later became one of the major attractions to the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour.
Joplin was well-known for her performing abilities, and her fans referred to her stage presence as “electric”. At the height of her career, she was known as “The Queen of Rock and Roll” as well as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul”, and became known as Pearl amongst her friends. She was also a painter, dancer and music arranger.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004,and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
The party’s all over
Drink up and go home.
It’s too late to love her
And leave her alone.
~Kris Kristofferson (Epitaph (Black and Blue))
Joplin’s death in October 1970 at the age of 27 stunned her fans and shocked the music world, especially when coupled with the death just sixteen days earlier of another rock icon, Jimi Hendrix. Music historian Tom Moon wrote that Joplin had “a devastatingly original voice”. Music columnist Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote that Joplin as an artist was “overpowering and deeply vulnerable”. Author Megan Terry claimed that Joplin was the female version of Elvis Presley in her ability to captivate an audience.
Cry Baby – Live 1970:
Summertime (Live Gröna Lund 1969):
Album of the day – Pearl (1970):
From allmusic – Steve Huey:
Janis Joplin‘s second masterpiece (after Cheap Thrills), Pearl was designed as a showcase for her powerhouse vocals, stripping down the arrangements that had often previously cluttered her music or threatened to drown her out. Thanks also to a more consistent set of songs, the results are magnificent — given room to breathe, Joplin‘s trademark rasp conveys an aching, desperate passion on funked-up, bluesy rockers, ballads both dramatic and tender, and her signature song, the posthumous number one hit “Me and Bobby McGee.” The unfinished “Buried Alive in the Blues” features no Joplin vocals — she was scheduled to record them on the day after she was found dead. .. read more @ allmusic
A stone thrown from Heaven, skippin’ ‘cross the water
Would disappear in ripples left behind
A book with no cover, a rhyme with no reason
Guess i’ll always be one of the rovin’ kind
‘Cause movin’s in my soul, i guess a gypsy boy got a hold
Of somebody in my family long ago
If some night while half asleep you hear the back door softly squeak
You’ll touch my empty pillow,then you’ll know
That restless wind,is calling me again
Her warmin’ hand is tuggin’ at my soul
Summer’s gone,and winter’s comin’ on
And i can’t let it catch me standin’ in the cold
– From “Restless Wind” (one of his best songs)
“He may be the best songwriter alive
today” – Willie Nelson
«He’s a real writer like Hemmingway.
He’s timeless» – Kris Kristofferson
«Billy Joe is unique. One of a kind.
They threw away the mold. The best.»
– Robert Duvall
I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver
And i’m reading James Joyce
-Bob Dylan (I Feel a Change Comin’ On)
Billy Joe Shaver turned 73 yesterday.
He is one of my greatest “Honky Tonk Heroes”, but due to Elvis’s death the same day in 1977.. I could not put him first in yesterdays calendar post.
I need to honor him someway.. this is it…
«Throughout my career as a songwriter, I’ve just written songs about me – the good and the bad, the funny and the sad….. – Billy Joe Shaver
«The songs are my story…» – Billy Joe shaver
«..I’ve lost part of three fingers, broke my back, suffered a heart attack and a quadruple bypass, had a steel plate put in my neck and 136 stiches in my head, fought drugs and booze, spent the money I had, and burried my wife, son & mother in the span of one year…»… .. «I’m not proud of my misfortune – I’m proud of my survival» – Billy Joe Shaver
“a song that happened by accident,
like all my favorite songs that I write do.”
She says that she listened to Border Song by Elton John and The Beatles’ Let it Be when she wrote it, and that gospel feeling that those songs have, Brandi Carlile mannages to bring into this great song, That wasn’t Me.
Music video by Brandi Carlile performing That Wasn’t Me.
“I literally could not believe my luck,” recalls Carlile about getting Kristofferson to appear in the video. “I was fortunate enough to hang out with Kris at the shoot, and he surpassed all my expectations and proved himself to be a kind, compelling and inspiring gentleman.”