A Boy Named Sue: JOHNNY CASH

Australian singles charts:
A Boy Named Sue entered the Kent charts on 9 August 1969 and peaked at #3. The song was #32 on the Kent Top 100 of 1969.

The song is on Johnny Cash at San Quentin which entered the Kent album charts on 13 September 1969 and peaked at #2.

Johnny Cash recorded A Boy Named Sue live in concert in 1969 at California’s San Quentin State Prison for his At San Quentin album.
In his autobiography, Cash wrote that he had just received the song and only read over it a couple of times. It was included in that concert to try it out. He was surprised at how well the song went over with the audience.
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This was written by the multitalented Shel Silverstein, who later wrote several hits for Dr. Hook, including Sylvia’s Mother and Cover Of The Rolling Stone. Silverstein also wrote several popular children’s books. He got the idea for the song from his friend Jean Shepherd – a guy who had to deal with a girly name. Shepherd was a writer/humorist like Silverstein.
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