Mudcat Café message #1017829 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #62870   Message #1017829
Posted By: CET
12-Sep-03 - 05:42 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Johnny Cash passes (1932-2003)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
I'm surprised the obituary quoted earlier mentioned his "uncertain voice" and "limited range", as if he had succeeded inspite of his undistinguished voice(like Bob Dylan, in my opinion). I think of Johnny Cash above all as a great singer. True, he didn't have the greatest range in the world, but at his best his voice was resonant, powerful and effortless. The tone was rich and virile, never ugly. Also, I've never heard a country singer that had more artistry in the way he used his voice and put his songs across. Listen to The Man Comes Around. Even when most of his power was gone he could still pull off Danny Boy. I don't like that song, but it is very difficult to sing, and you have to marvel at Johnny's skill.