Artists doing a "Johnny Cash"

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    And with that I don't mean that they perform the man in Black's music.

    No, to do a "Johnny Cash" is to make an epic epitaph of a song, very much like Cash did with "Hurt"

    First up, here's Dutch singer Ramses Shaffy, who in the late seventies scored a massive hit with a translation of the French Chanson "Vivre" (Living) re-titled "Laat me" (Let me), the original 1978 version of that song, very much like the original French version is very overblown production-wise.


    But in 2005, Shaffy guested on a cover of the song which combined the original French lyrics with the Dutch ones, the production of the song was stripped back to the bare minimum, which made the power of the lyrics shine through even harder. Shaffy wasn't in the best of health, the recording turned out to be his very last. But boy, even if you don't understand what he is singing, it's impossible not to get goosebumps with how he delivers it.
     
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    David Bowie, "Lazarus," one of music's great goodbyes.

     
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    Ray Charles' very last live performance was pretty epic. He played "a song for you" with Leon Russel and Willy Nelson at the latter's 70'th birthday party.

    But his true "Johnny Cash" moment came in 2004 when he recorded his final song, a cover of Elton John's "Sorry seems to be the hardest word" with the author of the song.

    Elton said that he was shocked at just how "In there" Ray Charles was, nothing escaped his attention, this frail old man had his finger on the pulse the whole way through.

    After the session was done, Ray Charles said that he "wasn't feeling very good." he walked out of the studio never to return.
     
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    The last song on Warren Zevon's last album.
     
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    Cash - Oz band, The Panics... from 2004...

    I was just listening to an old fav and came across a related vid. The songwriter talking about the inspiration for the song. I never knew the song had a Johnny Cash connection....

    with a title Cash, I thought money or the lack there of might have been the underlying theme.. though the lyrics didn't seem to reflect that...

    I know one guy plays a Tele in the band..I think I can hear it...:twisted::cool:



     
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    We have our own local tribute band. Actually, better than that IMO, but good enough for David Letterman.
     
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    I like this interpretation of U2's One. I think in regards of doing other peoples songs John was a lot like Linda Ronstadt. He could own it. And it really had to improve on John or make it yours.
     
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    Elvis Presley was someone else who could "own" a song even if it was someone else's ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", for instance, from August, 1970).

    And even though Elvis had been singing "My Way" in concert (off-and-on) since '72, it's the last televised performance from October 3, 1977 (IMO) that really tugs at your heart (even though I prefer the more polished Aloha 1973 version of the song):

     
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