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Happy Birthday to the Late Johnny Cash!

Johnny Cash

Happy Birthday to the late Johnny Cash!

Unfortunately I don’t have a Johnny Cash story to share, as I never got to see him perform live. But he was a pretty big hit in our home, growing up.

One time I did get to DJ at the Knitting Factory in NYC after his death for a Johnny Cash diabetes benefit. Whenever I deejayed I always threw some Johnny Cash in the mix (although one uptight goth rocker didn’t dig it and I got flack for it — screw him, ha-ha, how could you not love JOHNNY CASH?!)

Here are a few amazing tunes from the legendary JOHNNY CASH!

It Ain’t Me Babe

One Piece at a Time

Folson Prison Blues

Jackson

And Johnny Cash’s impersonation of Elvis! (Perhaps the first Elvis impersonator ever? This is hysterical!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8jeVrzJ9U

Got Dick?

DICK DALE, at Surf Club, Point Pleasant, New Jersey

Bad ass, legendary DICK DALE!

Left to right, drummer, son, Jimmy Dale; Dick Dale and bassist, Sam Bolle (from Agent Orange!)

Left to right, my husband Dennis; me; and our super cool buddy, Ron!

Me, hanging on the beach after the show

It’s great to have Dick back!

My husband and I always loved to go see him perform every summer at the Surf Club. (The Surf Club is terrific because the back is gutted and you can go right on the beach from the club!)

Unfortunately Dick stopped playing for awhile because of his struggles with cancer.

Last night Dick appeared to be in good health again. I was thrilled to score a spot right up front. My husband took a ton of photos and the video — check out the face he makes at the end, it’s hilarious!

Dick played a great set and did some covers by Johnny Cash and Bo Diddley and Dick’s own famous songs, “Misirlou” and “Pipeline” (interesting, I have a version of this on a 45 rpm by Agent Orange and Dick’s bassist is from Agent Orange).

I commented, “He plays that guitar like he’s sawing wood!” He had some amazing tricks up his sleeve and it’s a show not to be missed!

After the show Dick hung around to see memorabilia and talk to fans. He was even signing guitars for fans!

As he left the club with his wife, he gave the Hawaiian love sign hand signal to my husband and I as we said, “Goodnight” to him.

Dick Dale is the coolest!

For more information, his website is: http://www.dickdale.com/

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