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Shel Silverstein on “The Johnny Cash Show”

Outrageous! I can’t believe I haven’t posted this clip already, but if I did… I can’t find it now. Here’s Shel doing a quick duet with Cash on Silverstein’s composition “Boy Named Sue,” followed by an incredibly touching solo performance of a children’s song he wrote called “Daddy, What If.” From April 1, 1970, in its entirety.


posted by chris in Variety Shows and have Comments (25)

25 Responses to “Shel Silverstein on “The Johnny Cash Show””

  1. toontownmaster08 says:

    @HCShannon yea i guess u could say that

  2. HCShannon says:

    @toontownmaster08 He doesn’t have that great of a singing voice, but he’s a good songwriter

  3. toontownmaster08 says:

    @HCShannon now its 7 :(

  4. storeugle says:

    @ mickdukes – I won’t give you the heat for your oppinion on “Father of a Boy named Sue”, but may I offer my condolences on your loss of humour ….

  5. tonyteb says:

    he wrote all of dr hooks stuff almost

  6. whitedank11 says:

    I love him but his voice is kinda annoying but its his own so its cool

  7. HCShannon says:

    6 people do not apperciate talent when they see it!

  8. mickdukes says:

    I enjoyed a lot of Shel Silverstein’s poems and songs when I was a kid but I have to say, and I might catch heat for this (but I don’t care), that I’ve lost respect for him and am frankly, disgusted after hearing “Father of a Boy Named Sue”. What a twisted, sick ending that was.

  9. 1MlCHAELJACKSON says:

    @SamuraiPirate88 I can’t fathom why either, but some miserable people will hate on anything and everything. Their loss – we’re the ones havinf fun!!!!

  10. monster9429 says:

    Shel Silverstein’s poems and stories repeatedly return to themes of overcoming self doubt. I re-discovered his work as an adult, and he was able to take me back to the important decisions of childhood without panic or “instructions.” Just for the record, I think he was an uncommon children’s poet and author, and should be remembered and reprinted

  11. SamuraiPirate88 says:

    i dont get why anybody can hate this video

  12. downthefaith says:

    all i can say is fucking awesome!!!!

  13. Thejbirdy says:

    @Siafu66 Awww, I have it autographed, he was my dad’s army buddy too.
    You have a heart of gold.
    ox
    JBirdy

  14. Speculantscooter says:

    Shel Silverstein was a visionary, he was on a much higher level than we could ever even think to aspire to.

  15. dfuzz1114 says:

    this man was a huge part of my childhood…

  16. maxinbo says:

    I just listened to a remembering Johnny Cash program on NPR, they mentioned “Sue” was written by Shel. I didn’t know that, and was great to see this video out here, thanks for posting it!

  17. meoddball says:

    I miss uncle Shelby!!

  18. mattya1227 says:

    What a marvelous Man

  19. pizza1960man says:

    Shel was simply majical

  20. Zonarama says:

    Shel’s been one of my heroes for years. This is the first time I’ve gotten to see him perform. Thank-you!! I’M SO GOOD THAT I DON”T HAVE TO BRAG is a favorite among many of Shel’s great performances.

  21. tabitwin says:

    AHHH!!!!! HE HAD A TV SHOW?!?!?!?!?!?!

  22. rockinredneck57 says:

    @toshirodragon I knew back then that Shel wrote “Sue” and later that he drew for Playboy. Later when I married a schoolteacher, I found he did poetry and childrens books too. A very multi talented guy. She has a book of his poetry called “Where the Sidewalk Ends”. Very cool poems and illustrations too.

  23. toshirodragon says:

    @rockinredneck57 Oh yeah, I knew he wrote that one. I was 7 maybe 8 when a boy named Sue came out, so I never paid attention to writing credits.

  24. rockinredneck57 says:

    @toshirodragon He wrote the second song too, Daddy What if….it was a big hit for Bobby Bare with Bobby Jr some 25 years or so ago.

  25. rockinredneck57 says:

    Shel had so much talent it wasn’t even fair to the rest of the world!!

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