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LP Vinyl -Quadraphonic Columbia CQ-30961

Push To Go

A Boy Named Sue
Written By The Late Shel Silverstein

See Johnny Read A Hit

When Johnny Cash arrived at San Quentin to make his second, live, prison concert album, he didn’t even know the words to only song on the album that would make the chart "A Boy Named Sue" Johnny first heard "A Boy Named Sue" when the song’s composer Shel Silverstein, sang it during a party at the Man In Black’s house. Johnny asked Shel to write down the words to the ribald story song about a young man who grow up rough as nails because his daddy named him Sue. On the way to San Quentin, Johnny’s wife, June Carter, asked if he had remembered to bring "Sue" along. Yea but I haven’t had a chance to rehearse it,"he said" June replied "Take the lyrics, and put it on the music stand and read it off as you sing it. They’ll love it" Judging from the hooting and hollering by prisoners caught on the recording, she was right. On Aug.23, 1969, Johnny took "Sue" to #1. The song also reached #2 on the pop charts, becoming Johnny’s only gold single and a winner the CMA’s single of the year

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The Columbia SQ Quadraphonic, record is a major advancement in the art of recording. It permits the reproduction of sound from four separate channels when a special SQ decoder is used. The SQ Quadraphonic system employs a new double-helical modulation to encode a four-channel master recording so the four tracks can be carried in a stereo format on a disc. The disc when played back through an SQ Quadraphonic decoder, will display the original four channels through the four speakers in the listening area. The all around-you presence of around coupled with the ability to move elements of the program between any pair of speakers allows the utmost flexibility to artist, composers, and arrangers, and is passed on to the listener as a totally new experience

San Quentin

Jim Marshall Famous Picture 

Photographer Jim Marshall Remembers The Flip Side Of Johnny Cash

For Johnny Cash, whose latest anthology is titled Love, God, Murder the path of righteousness isn’t far removed from the path of the outlaw. On the night of February 24, 1969, as Cash and his band prepared to perform for the imamates of San Quentin prison, photographer Jim Marshall saw the two trajectories inter sect and caught it on film. Although he never did time, Cash knew from his troubles with drug addiction and the law how it felt to be held by the collar. Since 1957, he had taken his gospel-punk revival  to the country’s worst hellholes – Huntsville, Folsom, and San Quentin – preaching from his redemptive song book to professional things and unrepentant lifer alike. The 1969 visit to San Quentin was Cash’s fourth, but he was still moved by the prison chokehold on men’s soul. “John had a real feeling for guy’s,” says Marshall, a veteran of those shows. “Prison had broken them, and it just pissed him off.” Inside San Quentin’s mess hall, tensions hung in the air as the band set up on the makeshift stage. Recalls Marshall, “I said something like, “hey Johnny, lets do a shot for the warden. And he just cut loose and flipped the bird. Old tales often have different telling. In Cash’s version, the recipient of his gesture was a TV crew on hand to film the show; “I yelled, “Clear the stage! Can’t see my audience” Nobody moved so I gave them the bird.”

Roll ahead 20 years. It’s March 1998, and Cash is spitting mad because country radio won’t play his latest album, a stroke of Grammy-winning alt-rock genius called “Unchained” Together with his record label he takes out a full page add in Billboard consisting of Marshall’s photo and a terse salutation “American Recordings” and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support. “This time, his target is indisputable.

Since the early sixties, Jim Marshall has photographed some of popular music greatest legends including the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Miles Davis. Selections of his work have been collected in the books “Not Fade away” and Early Dylan. Original, museum-quality prints of his work including this legendary photo of Johnny Cash are available from or call Marshall directly 415-8643622 

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Revised: September 02, 2007


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