Today would have been Johnny Cash’s 80th birthday. While the Man in Black often sang serious songs, fans know that his sense of humor often made an appearance in his on-stage banter and in his choice of songs. None more so than his version of Shel Silverstein’s “A Boy Named Sue.” Readers who know me might well imagine why this song resonates with me personally, as well as my love for Johnny Cash. But it is a great story…read about it here.
From the “Mental Floss” article: “Shel Silverstein, the creator of classic children’s books Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree and a cartoonist for Playboy, was also a songwriter who penned hits for Dr. Hook and Bobby Bare. Silverstein said the inspiration for “A Boy Named Sue” came from his friend, radio announcer and humorist Jean Shepherd, who’d been teased as a kid because of his feminine first name. “I fist-fought my way through every grade in school,” Shepherd later said.