Girl Named Johnny Cash and Other Tribute Songs

A Girl Named Johnny Cash and Other Tribute Songs

     
 

Leave it to Germany's Bear Family imprint to come up with a collection of songs by country artists about other country artists. This would never happen in the 21st century -- Nashville wouldn't let it. In more innocent times, songs like this were part of country's novelty scene and were valued as radio singles. One selection here, Merle Haggard's "Leonard" (about his…  See more details below

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Leave it to Germany's Bear Family imprint to come up with a collection of songs by country artists about other country artists. This would never happen in the 21st century -- Nashville wouldn't let it. In more innocent times, songs like this were part of country's novelty scene and were valued as radio singles. One selection here, Merle Haggard's "Leonard" (about his friend and mentor Tommy Collins), scored a place in the Top Ten of the country charts. Gordon Terry's late-'60s "Ballad of J.C.," (for Johnny Cash) performed to the tune of Jimmie Driftwood's "Battle of New Orleans" earned him a performance spot on Cash's television show. Cash inspired the most tunes on this collection, having no less than four tracks that have him as the subject. Other notable tunes here include Charlie Rich's brilliant "Gentleman Jim," (written for Jim Reeves), Rudy Thacker's terrific "Ballad of Johnny Horton," and a number of tunes by Stoney Edwards for various historical country figures including Cash, the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Haggard, Red Foley, Hank Williams, and Bill Monroe. Lefty Frizzell also inspired a couple including "Goodbye Lefty" by Haggard. Ernest Tubb's wonderful "Hank It Will Never Be the Same Without You" is also here. Most of these tunes were recorded in the '60s, though a couple are of '50s vintage. The liner notes are excellent, as is the sound quality, making this a stellar collection for fans of country novelty records.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127159458
catalogNumber:
2715945

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mac Wiseman   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Merle Haggard   Vocals
Charlie Rich   Piano,Leader,Vocals
Jane Morgan   Vocals
Stoney Edwards   Vocals
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Leon McAuliffe   Leader
Anita Kerr   Choir, Chorus
Ernest Tubb   Vocals
Gordon Terry   Fiddle,Vocals
Mother Maybelle Carter   Autoharp
Stuart Basore   Steel Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Billy Byrd   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Jack Drake   Bass
Ray Edenton   Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Dickie Harris   Steel Guitar
Billy Linneman   Bass
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Billy Sanford   Electric Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Jerry Stembridge   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
William Wright   Choir, Chorus
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
Howard Carpenter   Viola
Roger C. Thompson   Guitar
Elbert Raymond "Dutch" McMillin   Saxophone
Jack Shook   Rhythm Guitar
Solie Isaac Fott   Violin
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar
Howdy Forrester   Fiddle
James Capps   Dobro,Electric Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle
Kenneth Goldsmith   Violin
Harvey Wolfe   Cello
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Robert C. Thompson   Guitar
James "Jimmy" Riddle   Harmonica
Thomas Grady Martin   Guitar
Brenton Bolden Banks   Violin
Lillian Vann Hunt   Violin
James Clayton Day   Steel Guitar
Charles R. "Charlie" McCoy   Harmonica
Velma Williams Smith   Guitar
Thomas B. Keels   Piano
Jerry D. Smith   Piano
Herman Bland "Pete" Wade   Guitar
Gary S. Paxton   Leader
Rudy Thacker   Vocals
Robert Thompson   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Glen Campbell   Producer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Justin Tubb   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Gordon Terry   Composer
Chester B. Atkins   Producer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Jack Clement   Producer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
A.L. Owens   Composer
Deke Dickerson   Liner Notes
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research,Discographical Information
Cy Coben   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Paul Cohen   Producer
Ronny Light   Producer
Marty Mull   Composer
Rudy Thacker   Composer

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