If you ever get a chance to see $Million Dollar Quartet just go.
Freakin great for an off Broadway type performance
It’s about a night when 4 of the greatest entertainers of the day got together One Night and had one hell of a session performing their contemporary songs and gospels.
Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis are portrayed by very talented and abke bodied performers.
It is a must see.
That movie is good. After reading this, maybe there could have been more tribute to his conversion. But it would need to be real and raw just like the rest of the movie. There was a hint of his conversion in that his behavior changed and he finally went to church with June. The movie focused on June being his reason for change and her tough love may have forced him to deal with his sin. I love the movie and I love Johnny Cash. He was a complicated man.
Great article... thanks for posting.
The article mentions “Hurt”; I’m surprised it doesn’t mention “The Man Comes Around”, from the same CD, which Cash said was the hardest song he ever wrote.
It is important to note that Gospel singers should never be confused with church singers. Many Gospel singers had reputations for drinking and carousing, fighting and otherwise cutting up rough. For many it was the equivalent of music school before becoming mainstream artists, and was the backbone of jazz, rhythm and blues, pop, soul, funk, hip hop and electronic music.
Just as importantly, there were many Gospel singers who were of good character.
Want some good Johnny Cash???
God’s gonna cut you down
Thanks for posting this article. Was lucky to see Johnny and June live in my younger days. Gospel songs were always a part of their shows.
Johnny Cash - Farther Along
Very good post.
We have a couple of CDs of his gospel music. It definitely doesn’t seem like an act. One of the interesting things to me when listening to Cash, is that he almost never seems to hit notes straight on. He creeps up on them. It wasn’t that he was a sloppy singer, but a casual listen might make you think so.
“That old wheel”
“Children, Go Where I Send Thee”