Nick Lowe: "I became convinced I was Johnny Cash..."
... In the new issue of Uncut, Nick Lowe jokingly explains how he became convinced he was Johnny Cash
when once writing a song. However, after sobering up, he was forced to play the idea to Cash himself, the stepfather of his then-wife Carlene Carter. "I had this idea for a song, had the first verse, and I stayed up all night thinking, 'Oh, I can play this for [Cash]'," says Lowe. "I drank I don't know how much, but a lot. I became convinced I was Johnny. It sounded good after a few bottles of wine. "The next thing I knew I was waking up to Carlene talking on the phone, saying, 'Yeah, we're looking forward to seeing you, Nick's written this great song. He stayed up all night and he really wants to play it you.' I opened my eyes to a hideous hangover. I definitely didn't feel like Johnny Cash
!" Lowe also recalls once putting up Cash and wife June Carter Cash in his Shepherd's Bush house, making records in Oswald Mosley's former lock-up and attempting to steal "Oliver's Army" from Elvis Costello. He also reveals the true origins of his "Basher" nickname. The new issue of Uncut, dated January 2014, is out now. Picture: Dan Burn-Forti Visit our dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. Nick Lowe: "I became convinced I was Johnny Cash..."
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Johnny Cash
... Down.'" But Kristofferson confirms that he didn't have a beer in hand, the song wasn't "Sunday Mornin'," and Cash never came out of the house to greet him. 10. He thought no one cared. Before he started working with Rick Rubin on the stark American albums that would resurrect his career beginning in the Nineties, Cash was so despondent that he thought no one would care about any of his music when he died. "Rick made me think I might have a legacy after all," he told Hilburn. RelatedFrom the Archives: Johnny Cash
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Johnny Cash: The Life Book Excerpt
... relationship with a girl. Would he be able to stay on the right path, or would he let Jack and his mother down?Could he actually flunk out? Would the Air Force send him home if he didn't measure up? The thought of that possiblehumiliation numbed him. He couldn't shake his fear of what lay ahead. J.R. finally just laid his head against the seat andhoped, as he often did in moments of stress, to find that comfort in the escape of sleep. Johnny Cash
: The Life. Reprinted by permission. Copyright © 2013 by Robert Hilburn. Publishedby Little, Brown and Company, Hatchette Book Group. Johnny Cash
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Johnny Cash (February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003)
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Growing up, he was called J.R., and when he enlisted in the Air Force it was as John R. He took the name Johnny when he started recording for Sun Records.
Much of his childhood was spent working in his family's cotton fields. He was a teenager when he started playing guitar and writing songs.
In October 1965, Cash was arrested upon returning from Mexico when US Customs agents searched his luggage and found hundreds of illegal pills. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $1,000.
In 1968, he married June Carter from the legendary Country music Carter Family. Cash credits her for saving his life, as she helped him break his drug habit.
Cash is a member of the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame, Country Music Hall Of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for all above)
From 1969 to 1971, he hosted The Johnny Cash Show on ABC TV. Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Louis Armstrong all appeared as guests.
He died at age 71 due to complications from diabetes. (thanks, Melanie - Moncton, Canada)
The 2005 film Walk The Line is about Cash's life. He was portrayed in the movie by Joaquin Phoenix, who sang as Cash for the stage scenes.
He had his daughter Rosanne with his first wife, Vivian Liberto. Rosanne Cash became a prominent Country singer of her own, and had a crossover hit in 1981 with "Seven Year Ache." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Barry Gibb from The Bee Gees bought the Tennessee house Cash lived in from 1968 until his death. In 2007, while the home was being renovated for Gibb, it caught fire and burned to the ground. (thanks, Julian - Oakland, AR)
Cash played many free concerts at prisons throughout his career. His first was on New Year's Day, 1960 when he played San Quentin prison in San Rafael, California. Merle Haggard, who was serving time for burglary, was in the audience. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
A requirement at Johnny Cash shows was an American flag on stage in full view of the audience.
"Missing You" was a spontaneous outpouring of emotion triggered by a phone call. John tells that story and explains what MTV meant to his career.
JJ Burnel of The Stranglers
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"
Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.