Back In Time With GEORGIE FAME – ELVIS COSTELLO – ALANIS MORISSETTE And JOHNNY CASH

22 July 2021

GEORGIE FAME topped the UK Singles Chart
with Get Away this day in 1966 – 55 years ago.

GEORGIE FAME: History
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ELVIS COSTELLO released his stand-out debut LP
My Aim Is True this day in 1977 – 44 years ago.

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COSTELLO: Facebook
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The late great JOHNNY CASH topped the US Albums Chart
with American V: A Hundred Highways this day in 1996,
25 years ago. His first US number one in 37 years…

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JOHNNY CASH: Website

ALANIS MORISSETTE topped the UK Albums Chart with
her third album Jagged Pill (sold worldwide more than
33 million copies) this day in 1996 – 25 years ago…

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ALANIS MORISSETTE: Facebook

JOHNNY CASH – Album ‘AMERICA V: A HUNDRED HIGHWAYS’ Came Out 15 Years Ago

Musings for the laziest day of the week

15 July 2021

The late great JOHNNY CASH (26 February 1932 – 12 September 2003)
recorded between 1994 and 2002 five albums with famous producer
Rick Rubin. The LPs were released each as part of his American Series
project.

The final one American V: A Hundred Highways came out posthumously
15 years ago – July 2006 – almost 3 years after he passed away. It topped
the US Albums Chart. Cash’s first number one in 37 years.

Pitchfork wrote: “Johnny Cash’s final album attempts to balance man and myth,
with songs that allude to his grief, his deep faith, and his impending death.”

It’s a really special record, mostly ballads/hymns/reveries/reflections (old and
new). His near-broken voice is so gripping and so emotive. It makes you wonder
what went on in his head. He already was sick during the recordings and he knew
that his journey on earth would soon come to an end.

He’s one of the few artists that bring tears to my eyes.
May his soul rest in peace.

Two tracks were issued as singles…

– GOD’S GONNA CUT YOU DOWN –

– HELP ME –

Full album…

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JOHNNY CASH: Website

SHARON VAN ETTEN Covers Gripping Ballad ‘HURT’ By NINE INCH NAILS

The magnificent SHARON VAN ETTEN shared her affecting cover of HURT, the gripping ballad by industrial rockers NINE INCH NAILS from their 1994 album The Downward Spiral.

Van Etten covered the song for a special reason: “I recently spoke with Sounds Of Saving and performed a cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails. Sounds Of Saving is an organization aiming to reduce our country’s suicide rate, an effort I care deeply about.”

Here’s her short interview with Sounds Of Saving and her magical performance of Hurt

As much as I love Sharon‘s rendition, my ears, my heart, and soul still prefer the version by the late great Johnny Cash. Nine Inch Nail’s maestro Trent Reznor said he cried when he heard Cash’s most touching exploit…

The original

NINE INCH NAILS: Facebook

Picture This…

The late great JOHNNY CASH scored his first chart hit in the US on 26 November 1958,
61 years ago today with country song ‘Cry Cry Cry’ recorded and released by Sun Studio.

Here’s the song…

JOHNNY CASH Released His Infamous Album ‘AT SAN QUENTIN’ 50 Years Ago…

4 June 2019

Today 50 years ago, on 4 June 1969, the late fabulous JOHNNY CASH, one of the most intriguing and first-class singer-songwriters/wordsmiths of all time released his notorious prison album ‘AT SAN QUENTIN‘. A longplayer recorded live at San Quentin State Prison on 24th February of that same year. The prison was located north of San Francisco in the unincorporated town of San Quentin in Marin County, California.

It was his 31st overall album. It went triple platinum in the US over the years. He played and recorded in 3 other prisons afterward. The iconic photo on the front sleeve is by Jim Marshall. The most famous and masterly track (actually written by humorist and poet Shel Silverstein) on the album is without a shadow of a doubt ‘A BOY NAMED SUE‘. That very live version became his greatest hit single ever. Here’s that marvelous story of a boy…

Album in full…

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JOHNNY CASH: Facebook – All Albums


The 7″ single sleeve of ‘A Boy Named Sue’