The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #128


Luther Perkins, Johnny Cash and Marshall Grant

14 comments :

tsl said...

Luther played the boogie. Are you sure Marshall's last name isn't Gant?

tsl said...

sorry, I was thinking of Cecil Gant
but Luther still played the boogie.

Tom Sutpen said...

Well, I just checked, and unless everybody's wrong, his last name is Grant.

And I was all set to do a 'mea culpa' for my sloppiness.

Thanks, though, for keepin' us honest.

Tom Sutpen said...

tsl wrote:

sorry, I was thinking of Cecil Gant

*****
No problem. Like I said, I wasn't 100% sure myself.

but Luther still played the boogie.

*****
In the strangest kind of way, from what I hear.

tsl said...

I'd like to tip my hat (if I was wearin' one) to Luther's brother Carl who also played with the man in black. Most folks know Carl wrote Blue Suede Shoes but he also wrote So Wrong (Patsy Cline) Daddy Sang Bass (a whole bunch of people)
Everybody's Tryin' To Be My Baby and Honey Don't that some obscure group from Liverpool covered. Plus Carl had a wicked toupee.

Tom Sutpen said...

It's amazing, is it not, how Country and Rockabilly singers always seem to have the worst hairpieces. I once saw Scotty Moore interviewed on television and . . . that thing on his head just kept pulling my attention from whatever it was he was saying about The King.

swac said...

I think Hank Snow wins the worst toupee prize. Although I was highly amused to see one of his hairpieces on display at the Hank Snow Museum in his hometown of Liverpool, NS.

I think it's funny that Bing Crosby's hairpiece was well-known, yet his is one of the better examples. But no wonder he preferred to just wear a hat most of the time.

tsl said...

I think Hank Snow may be the winner. A lot of the country/rockabilly star's toupees sort of look like little hair hats.
I think seeing Hank's toupee would be worth the price of admission to his museum alone

swac said...

Hank's toupees frequently mismatch his real hair in colour...like he'd just grabbed one at random out of the hairpiece bargain bin.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Hank's toupees frequently mismatch his real hair in colour

*****
They mismatch everyone's real hair color.

tsl said...

Perhaps a new category for If Charlie Parker was a gunslinger...
Great Toupees Of The 20th Century or Toupees In Action..or..When Legendary Toupees oh....never mind.

Anonymous said...

Luther played the boogie, Marshall played the bass. Carl played the rockabilly, but he wasn't Luther's brother, nor related at all (source: "Man In Black", 1974, Zondervan, by J. Cash).

Anonymous said...

...by the way, what was the big fight that ol' Johnny and Marshall had in the early 80's, that led to Johnny firing Marshall? Johnny spoke about it in his book, "Cash", but he didn't give any specifics.

Anonymous said...

Marshall showed up as part of a J.C. & The Tennessee Three reunion appearance for an all-star PBS trib to the Man In Black, a couple of years before The Man expired. You could tell that ol' Johnny was a little pissed; Marshall stood there slapping his bass fiddle and popping bubble gum. Shouldn't've fired the home boy, JC.