Johnny Cash has been memorialized by the United States Postal Service. The country legend is the first artist featured in the USPS “Music Icons” stamp series. The Cash stamp features a stunning photograph taken by Frank Bez, originally used for 1963′s Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.
The unveiling ceremony was held at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Family, friends and fans all joined to celebrate Cash’s impactful legacy. Performers including John Carter Cash, Randy Travis, Marty Stuart, The Oak Ridge Boys and more paid tribute to the legend by performing some of his hits and favorite songs.
You can purchase the Cash stamps on the USPS website, or visit your local branch to find an exclusive Johnny Cash compilation in either CD or digital download format.
Nashville record company, Third Man Records, has partnered with Sun Records to reissue three of Sun’s original 7″ 45rpm singles. The initial releases include Johnny Cash “Get Rhythm / I Walk The Line”, The Prisonaires “Just Walkin’ In The Rain / Baby Please”, & Rufus Thomas “Bear Cat / Walking In The Rain”. You can buy each record individually, or get all three with the Sun Reissue series bundle.
Founded by Jack White in 2001, Third Man Records opened a physical location in Nashville, TN in 2009 and has been playing a huge role in re-shaping the way music is appreciated ever since. Releasing many special edition or limited run vinyl records on various formats, TMR “strives to bring a spontaneous and tangible aesthetic back into the record business”. Their headquarters contains a record store, label offices, photo studio, and a live venue with analog recording booth. They even have a mobile record shop.
Read more about what Third Man Records has to say about the Sun Reissue series.
Sun Records artist, Cowboy Jack Clement, along with Bobby Bare and Kenny Rogers have been inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Clement joins music legends Gene Autry, Chet Atkins, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, as well as Sun legends Sam Phillips, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, and many more.
Clement worked at Sun in the mid-50s as an engineer, producer, songwriter and artist. He auditioned Jerry Lee Lewis while Sam Phillips was out of town and wrote “It’ll Be Me”, the B side of “Whole Lot Of Shaking Goin’ On”. Cowboy Jack also discovered and produced Charley Pride, the first Black Country music star. Clement was possibly best known for writing two of Johnny Cash’s hits, “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way”. He also produced some of the Johnny Cash Sun masters and was a lifetime friend of Cash.
Read more about Clement and the other Hall of Fame inductees in an article published by The Tennessean.
On this day in 1952, Sam Phillips started the record label that launched careers for so many legends. 61 years later, Sun Records is as iconic as ever. Happy Birthday, Sun!
As was stated in an earlier post, Jack Clement was honored by some of today’s biggest artists, all of which have taken influence from him in one way or another. Recently, he was recognized my the First Lady, Michelle Obama. The congratulatory note is posted below.
I heard you were being honored, and I wanted to write you a short note to say congratulations. Throughout your remarkable career you have helped inspire some of our Nation’s most treasured musicians, and I know your legacy will live on in Nashville and beyond.
As you look back on your career, I hope you take great pride in all that you have accomplished over the years. Again, thank you for your many contributions to the music community, and I wish you all the best.
This May, the infamous Beale Street in Memphis, TN will get a new Rock & Roll club. The Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe & Honky Tonk is slated to open May 1, 2013 at 310 Beale Street. Details of Jerry Lee’s appearance for the opening are still being worked out.
More info on the opening provided by The Commercial Appeal:
The restaurant will offer live Rock & Roll music and will feature memorabilia of Lewis including his motorcycle, piano, posters and clothes he wore on stage.
The food will be “all southern, from Louisiana to low country to Mississippi to Memphis.” The decor will not be set in the ’50s, the era Lewis rose to fame, general manager Bud Chittom said. “It will not be a sock hop or malt shop. It’s a honky-tonk and cafe. Those haven’t changed in 60 years.”
Read the entire article, here.
Jack Clement is probably one of the most under-rated artists on the Sun Records roster. Not many people know it, but Jack got his start at Sun running the mixing board for recording sessions with Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. Another Sun Records artist, Elvis Presley, even opened up for Clement at the Memphis club The Eagle’s Nest. He’s the writer for two of Cash’s most famous songs, “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way”.
This Wednesday, January 30, Cowboy Jack will be honored by some of the artists he has influenced during his long career. Artists include Emmylou Harris, T Bone Burnett, Kris Kristofferson, Dan Auerbach, Jakob Dylan, and many more. Get tickets and more information here.
The Nashville Scene wrote a great piece in this weeks issue, highlighting Cowboy Jacks career. Read the entire article here.
The retro-review website has reviewed another Sun Records release. Johnny Cash, All Aboard The Blue Train, was released in November of 1962. This is definitely one of our favorites, and sounds even better if you are lucky enough to have it on vinyl.
“Combining a number of his hits up to that point and putting them together as a train-centric piece, Blue Train is essentially a glorified compilation album, albeit a surprisingly good one.”
Click here to read the entire article.