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Posted By: GUEST,Ron Olesko
12-Sep-03 - 05:37 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Johnny Cash passes (1932-2003)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
You know, I was just about to post a note commenting on how interesting it is to see all these posts about Johnny Cash and how there are no "trolls" that use these affectionate notes to cram their political views. Oh well.

I always loved Johnny Cash and I will miss him. Not only did he stand up for Pete Seeger, but he also made a stand for Bob Dylan in the early days at Columbia. Dylan never forgot that, and it is interesting that Cash's show was the only "major" show that Dylan appeared on in the 60's.

I was listening to a CD of Johnny recorded at Madison Square Garden in 1969. He spoke about the Vietnam War and how he went to Vietnam to perform for the troops. Somebody asked him if that made him a hawk and he replied, no it does not. After talking and meeting with all the wounded solidiers and seeing the war first hand, it made him a "dove with claws" that wanted to end the war and bring them home. He then sang Ed McCurdy's "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream".

Cash recorded numerous "folk" songs - traditional tunes, gospel tunes, and songs from writers like Peter LaFarge, Ed McCurdy, Dylan and others.

He will be missed. Thank you Johnny!

Ron Olesko