Johnny Cash: “Give My Love to Rose”

Posted: February 2, 2014 in Reigning Pooh-Bah Maximus of Cover Tune, THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Give My Love to Rose” – Johnny Cash
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: On Guard vs. Bruce Springsteen
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Vintage Cash. Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two recorded Give My Love to Rose in 1957 at the legendary Sun Records studio. Give My Love to Rose was also included on the 1968 live album At Folsom Prison, which featured June Carter, Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three (my how they grow right before your eyes!) backing up the Man in Black. And Johnny also recorded a new version of Give My Love to Rose in 2002 for what was to be the last album released in his lifetime, American IV: The Man Comes Around (American V: A Hundred Highways was released posthumously in 2006).


The Original: 1957


Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two:

Original … Well, not exactly. You’ve all heard the original Sun Studio version but this 1957 cut from the Tex Ritter television show might be a new experience.


At Folsom Prison: 1968


Johnny Cash, June Carter, Carl Perkins & The Tennessee Three:


American IV: The Man Comes Around: 2002


Johnny Cash:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


On Guard vs. Bruce Springsteen
On Guard:

Bruce Springsteen:

Bruce Springsteen is a recipient of CMI’s universally coveted title of Uni Victor Melodious Maximus in Adversarial Replication. Among the title’s myriad of rewards and benefits, perhaps most desirous is that it bestows upon the recipient the eminently yearned for privilege of having one’s name appear in print media in bold yellow.

Bruce Springsteen’s triumphal performance in CMI’s THE CLASH of Cover Tunes competition is detailed below:

12/9/2013 – “Love Of The Common People” (The Four Preps) – Bruce Springsteen & The Sessions Band (67%) repel Stiff Little Fingers (33%)

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?



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  1. Kerry Black says:

    Gotta love those latter day recordings by The Man in Black.

  2. Arnie Plotnick says:

    I have all of Cash’s American Recordings, and was familiar with that version. Hadn’t heard the other two. I especially liked the 1957 TV appearance. Springsteen’s version sounds, well, very Springsteeny. Which is fine, cuz it sounds great. On Guard? feh.

  3. The Bug says:

    agree with Kerry, i only listed to the Tex Ritter show version originally, but listened to the later one after Kerry’s comments and Cash’s voice sounds much more empathetic to the dying man, probably based on his own life experiences at that point, Voted for the On Guard version though, just found it more entertaining, Bruce didn’t really add much more to it than what Cash did

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