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Johnny Cash: It Takes One to Know Me

Ari Surdoval
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05.15.2006

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It was Sam Phillips who named him Johnny, while pressing the labels for the "Hey Porter b/w Cry Cry Cry" debut single on Sun Records in 1955. Phillips changed Cash's name without asking. He thought "Johnny" sounded younger, better for the Memphis teenagers who kept their ears pressed to transistor radios as if they were about to receive secret instructions. Phillips must have figured he had better do something. That low bass moan humming under the staccato guitar twang sounded anything but youthful. Haunted? Yes. Desperate? Yes. But not young--not the skipping, rockabilly bounce of Elvis careening through "That's All Right." This was something else entirely. "Soon your sugar daddies will all be gone / You'll wake up some cold day and find you're alone / You'll cry cry cry." It was the birth of the Man in Black, but not the man himself.
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Gibson Guitar Preps for Layoffs while Managing Business During Challenging Times

03.20.2006

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World Wide sales for musical instrument product categories in which Gibson Guitar compete have dropped more than 20% in the US and most of the world in the first quarter of 2009. While Gibson has continued to gain market share, the extent of the slowdown in retail purchases, and the uncertainty of when this market will recover mandates that Gibson makes changes to insure the size of our organization is appropriate for the anticipated sales levels. This large drop in purchases is being experienced in virtually all consumer product categories.
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Free MP3 Of The Day: The Dandy Warhols "The Legend of The Last of The Outlaw Truckers"

12.25.2000

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Free MP3 Of The Day: The Dandy Warhols "The Legend of The Last of The Outlaw Truckers"
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Free MP3 Of The Day: Medeski, Martin & Wood "Amber Gris"

12.25.2000

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Free MP3 Of The Day: Medeski, Martin & Wood "Amber Gris"
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Free MP3 Of The Day: Hill Country Revue "Alice Mae"

12.25.2000

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Free MP3 Of The Day: Hill Country Revue "Alice Mae"
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Free MP3 Of The Day: Tori Amos "Maybe California"

12.25.2000

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Free MP3 Of The Day: Tori Amos "Maybe California"
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Doors Drummer Pulls a Ringo

Michael Wright
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04.26.2000

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Add John Densmore to the list of ’60s drummers who have called it quits on autographs. The Doors drummer has apparently had enough of having his meals interrupted in restaurants and posted on his website, “The last several years I have been so flooded with requests that it is interfering with my personal life, and I am going to have to stop.?Fans (or opportunists from ebay) track me when I land at any airport, follow me into the bathroom, and hang around my hotel, looking for my John Henry (autograph). It is unfortunate, but I have to draw the line.
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