Over the years, Iâ€™ve given away a lot of stuff here at the corner: CDs, DVDs, T-Shirts . . . But this is the first time Iâ€™ve given away Cash. Johnny Cash, that is. On November 13th, Shout! Factory will release two Johnny Cash Christmas Special DVDs, originally (and exclusively) broadcast way back in 1976 and â€™77.
The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1976 features Johnny giving Tony Orlando a tour of his property, and performances like Tony, Johnny, and June Carter Cash doing, â€œTie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Treeâ€; JC doing â€œThat Lucky Old Sunâ€; Merle Travis doing â€œCannonball Ragâ€; and other performances by Roy Clark,
the Carter Family, Barbara Mandrell, and, of course, Johnny.
The kitsch value of the â€™76 show is only slightly surpassed by The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977, which includes an all-star tribute to Elvis Presley (who died just two months earlier), and features a virtual Sun Records whoâ€™s who, including Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and others. In addition to performing some of their best known hits (â€œBlue Suede Shoesâ€; â€œOh, Pretty Womanâ€; â€œWhole Lot Of Shakinâ€™ Going Onâ€), Johnny and others (including June, Roy Clark, and The Statler Brothers) perform Christmas classics like â€œBlue Christmas,â€ â€œHere Comes Santa Claus,â€ and â€œRudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer.â€
How can you get a copy of one of these DVDs? Simple!
Go here and provide a list of at least 10 nominees for best cover song of the Century (so far). One entry per reader. Iâ€™ll pick a winner in a few weeks, and get your address from you if youâ€™re it.