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Song of the day: Johnny Cash- A Boy Named Sue

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In 1969, Shel Silverstein (later he wrote Sylvia’s Mother) wrote A Boy Named Sue, inspired by a friend who was called Jean, a name for a woman. The song came to Johnny Cash through his wife, June Carter, who attended a guitar grab event (musicians are in a circle, one guitar, and they play their new songs when they have the guitar). Shel was there, played his song, and when Johnny Cash was off to San Quentin Prison, his wife suggested playing the song. It was recorded live, and hit the US chart at number 2 and the UK chart at number 4. Enjoy

Johnny Cash- A Boy Named Sue