Another song recently revived by a series of commercials. This was released by Johnny Cash in 1972.
Figured this would be a perfect song for the day after the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, as it was originally made famous at the start of WW2 by Vera Lynn.
Cash’s 2002 cover had some meaning to it as well – as this was the last track of the last album issued in his lifetime.
Word broke out last week that Rod Stewart is considering doing an album of duets with one of my favorite singers, Bonnie Tyler. (I guess Bonnie’s solo album that was going to be produced by Johnny Cash’s son hit a snag – it has still yet to come out.)
Naturally, that got me thinking as to what my favorite Rod Stewart song is. He’s had a lot of hits all over the years, but I always liked this hit from 1984 – reaching #6 on the Billboard charts during the year.
As for the Rod and Bonnie collaboration, it will either be a very good album or a total bust. I think it will all depend on whether or not Bonnie has that one hit left in her that I’ve suspected all these years she might have.
This is the first of two Flashbacks this week. The regularly scheduled one today, and one tomorrow in honor of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden fame who died overnight Wednesday going into Thursday.
Hard to not think of a song Johnny Cash has covered and NOT think of this Nine Inch Nails cover released in 2002.
Personally, this is the song that turned me into a fan of his, and helped me fully understand who he was. Some say it’s depressing to listen to, and I suppose it can be. I found it a bit enlightening as well.
FOX featured this song right before the Super Bowl last week in their pre-game patriotic tribute. So, here’s the “Man In Black” and his spoken-word tribute to America in full…
I’m always shuffling my podcast interests, and my recent “jam” (pun intended) is finding podcasts based on music. I stumbled upon a couple of winners (or so I think) yesterday: The Johnny Cash Radio Hour and Dead Fantasy.
The latter of the two is nothing but Grateful Dead music, about two and a hours worth a podcast. I’m 85% of the way through the first episode I’ve listened to as of this writing, and I haven’t heard any commercials. It’s just music, music, and more music.
The Johnny Cash podcast was also pretty interesting. The most recent hour-long episode that I heard dealt with nothing but all of the songs related to trains that “The Man In Black” sang in his career that spanned six decades. I thought I knew a considerable amount about Johnny, but it paled to comparison to the knowledge of the host of the program, Bill Miller.
For instance, I didn’t know that there was a 1975 version of his classic song “Hey Porter” out there, which was Johnny’s first single in 1954 with the Tennessee Two.
Lots of podcasts out there, certainly enough for everyone’s tastes.
A perfect song for the week ahead…