1977 Johnny Cash All-star tribute to Elvis Presley

By: Elvis Australia
Source: EP Music
December 24, 2007

The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 has been released on DVD. This special includes an all-star tribute to Elvis Presley, who had passed away two months prior.


Rockabilly pioneers Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison join Johnny Cash on 'This Train Is Bound For Glory' in memory of Elvis Presley, whose affinity for such sacred music was well known.

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In honor of Elvis and his love for gospel music the four Sun gods, three of whom where present at the historic Million Dollar Quartet session, perform 'This Train Is Bound For Glory'. Fitting not only for Elvis' gospel upbringing but also for the fact that one of big E's early Sun singles was the blues cover 'Mystery Train'.

In addition to a selection of Christmas songs, many hit singles are performed on this special, including Perkins's 'Blue Suede Shoes', Orbison's 'Oh, Pretty Woman', and Lewis's 1957 Sun smash 'Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On'.

Johnny Cash goes on to recall a life-changing holiday season he experienced while stationed in Germany in the early 1950s. 'I was lonesome, homesick and had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life,' he explains. 'But one day I walked four miles through the snow to a little pawn shop where there was a guitar in the window with a five-dollar price tag.'

Track Listing:

The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 DVD

Christmas Time's A-Comin' - Johnny Cash
Darlin' Companion - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
This Ole House - Johnny Cash & The Statler Brothers
Blue Christmas - Johnny Cash & The Statler Brothers
Here Comes Santa Claus - Johnny Cash & Roy Clark
Frosty The Snow Man - Johnny Cash & Roy Clark
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Johnny Cash and Roy Clark
Big River - Johnny Cash
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
White Christmas - Jerry Lee Lewis
This Train Is Bound For Glory - Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison & Carl Perkins
Silent Night -Johnny Cash, Family & Friends
O Little Town Of Bethlehem - June Carter Cash
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Johnny Cash, Family & Friends
Children Go Where I Send Thee - Johnny Cash, Family & Friends

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