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(Buzzfeed)   "A Boy Named Sue," immortalized by Johnny Cash, was written by... C) Shel Silverstein   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 221
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2012-11-26 09:06:45 PM

vernonFL: I've known that for years.


Anyone with a pulse has known that, subby sucks.

Especially since most of the other songs are pop shiat and the only saving grace is that its not a slide show.
 
2012-11-26 09:06:47 PM

Dafodude: The versions you might hear on the radio of Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light and Santana - Black Magic Woman are covers.


I learned "Blinded by the Light" through a VH1 songwriters special with Springsteen I saw years ago. I enjoyed his original version but he definitely didn't write it hit-worthy.
 
2012-11-26 09:08:30 PM
I didn't know that. But, as an aside, me and the wife was out to lunch with my mother and 21 year old daughter and the resturant's sound system was playing johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" and my daughter was singing along.

There is hope for this generation after all
 
2012-11-26 09:08:53 PM

Lupine Chemist: Dafodude: The versions you might hear on the radio of Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light and Santana - Black Magic Woman are covers.

I learned "Blinded by the Light" through a VH1 songwriters special with Springsteen I saw years ago. I enjoyed his original version but he definitely didn't write it hit-worthy.


manfred mann made it art talking about new douches, a previously taboo subject in song writing

/doesn't feel very fresh
 
2012-11-26 09:09:03 PM
Bruce Springsteen wrote "because the night" that 10,000 maniacs made famous. And Billy Joel wrote Garth Brooks "Shameless"

And JJ Cale wrote roughly 32% of great rock songs.

/google his "After Midnight", fantastic
 
2012-11-26 09:09:10 PM

RaceDTruck: Randy Newman wrote "Momma Told Me Not To Come "


Paul Newman wrote "Momma Said Knock You Out" which was made immortal by LL Cool J
 
2012-11-26 09:12:01 PM

CruJones: Bruce Springsteen wrote "because the night" that 10,000 maniacs made famous. And Billy Joel wrote Garth Brooks "Shameless"

And JJ Cale wrote roughly 32% of great rock songs.

/google his "After Midnight", fantastic


Patti Smith says hi.
 
2012-11-26 09:13:31 PM

EnglishMajor: I hate Barry Manilow....why was he inflicted on our world?


I had an old roommate who would get drunk in the kitchen and listen to his 5 cds' on the BOSE.
Frank Sinatra,Dean Martin,Sammy Davis jr. And Barry Manilow...on a loop.would pass out at the
table..I finally hid that f*ckin' CD under the fork and knive tray in the drawer.

/I hate Barry Manilow,although i'm sure he would be a cool dude to hang out with.

//probably not.
 
2012-11-26 09:16:11 PM

Pocket Ninja: Just as a heads up for everybody, you have the first 20 posts of this thread to state that you already knew this fact and have known it for a very long time and can't believe that any half-sentient human being who doesn't live under a rock *didn't* already know it. If you haven't said it by then, you're the goober who didn't know and even if you say it, we all know you're just lying to cover up your ignorance. LOSER.


You are the world's greatest farker.
 
2012-11-26 09:19:38 PM

gja: Shel's book, "The Giving Tree" is the first hardcover book I gave to my daughter.
She is 7 now, and I know our divorce hurts her at times. It took a few shots of whiskey for me to not cry bawl uncontrollably before reading it to her.
I love that book. I wish there were more like it.

CSB time:
I have known a man named Suh (pronounced Sue) for years.
He moved here from Korea.
He is 6'3".
He can give me a hell of a time sparring (Tae Kwon Do) and hits too damned hard. And his reach gives me the fits.
If you wise off to him I wish you luck and hope you have a good list of doctors to call. You will be sore for years.
Master Lee used to laugh at us both when we sparred because he knew how bad we would be hurting later (bastard!).
END-CSB


I'm working on a project that has me talking to lots of engineers named Xu. It's become so common to me that calling a guy named Sue/Suh/Xu seems normal now.
 
2012-11-26 09:21:41 PM
Try being terse for once in your life.   Dostoyevsky wrote THE IDIOT!  MORAN!
 
2012-11-26 09:22:45 PM
No shiat Sherlock
 
2012-11-26 09:23:06 PM

Hyggelig lurker: Pocket Ninja: Just as a heads up for everybody, you have the first 20 posts of this thread to state that you already knew this fact and have known it for a very long time and can't believe that any half-sentient human being who doesn't live under a rock *didn't* already know it. If you haven't said it by then, you're the goober who didn't know and even if you say it, we all know you're just lying to cover up your ignorance. LOSER.

You are the world's greatest farker.

To Pocket

 
2012-11-26 09:25:07 PM

yequalsy: Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".

And Hoyt Axton wrote "Never Been to Spain," so we've got a couple of Three Dog Night references going in this thread.


And I'm sure all you older Farkers know what '3 Dog Night' refers to.
 
2012-11-26 09:29:39 PM
That Robert Zimmerman guy wrote the classic Olivia Newton John song "If Not For You" too. For laffs check out the Bob Dylan cover of it:
 
2012-11-26 09:39:57 PM
He also wrote "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan",made semi-kinda-well-known by Marianne Faithfull.
 
2012-11-26 09:40:24 PM

EnglishMajor: I hate Barry Manilow....why was he inflicted on our world?


New Year's Eve, 1978. My roommate (and still best friend) and I bought a Manilow poster at Spencer Gift. Everyone took turns throwing darts at it that night. Good times.
 
2012-11-26 09:45:53 PM

Magorn: According to that new how Johnny Cash song by Song Buzz Feed doesn't have the story quite right.

Apparently the night before Johnny recorded Live at San Quentin he had a party at his house and at the end of the night he and a few of his guests, namely, Kris Kristoferson, A young fella named Bob Dylan, and Shel Silverstein (goddamn I want a time machine now) we sitting around a room trading licks and showing off ne stuff they'd recently written for Johnny (Who was a de facto patron of singer songwriters at the time) At the end of the night Shel hands Johnny a poem he wrote and asks him to look at it, Johnny reads it and tucks it into a pocket and promises to get back to him with a critique. The next day, live on stage, Johnny pulls that poem out of his pocket, tells his band to give him a rock-a-billy riff, and then just launches into the iconic performance of that song-which he did as a cold read improv


and THAT's why Johnny is considered a legend, even by his peers


Also why you are considered a dope, even by your peers.
 
2012-11-26 09:47:12 PM

PsychoPhil: The song 'Smile' (as made famous by nat king Cole), was written by Charlie Chaplin. He penned the music, but the lyrics were added by someone else later on...


Charlie Chaplin won an Oscar for best music, original score in 1973.
 
2012-11-26 09:47:12 PM

PsychoPhil: The song 'Smile' (as made famous by nat king Cole), was written by Charlie Chaplin. He penned the music, but the lyrics were added by someone else later on...


Well yeah. I've seen Chaplin movies. They hadn't invented talking or singing yet. Duh.
 
2012-11-26 09:56:28 PM
I remember reading about this guy who actually wrote all of Pantera's stuff but they stole it from him.
 
2012-11-26 10:01:58 PM
Everyone knows that all big country hits were originally sung by some back-woods picker and were shamelessly stolen by Nashville stars.

/it's true
 
2012-11-26 10:02:08 PM
I actually did not know this and find it interesting, so to hell with all yall haters.
 
2012-11-26 10:03:52 PM

Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".


Hoyt Axton's Cousin is former Ok;ahoma Governor and Former Oklahoma Senator David Boren who is currently the President of the University of Oklahoma.
 
2012-11-26 10:04:18 PM

yequalsy: Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".

And Hoyt Axton wrote "Never Been to Spain," so we've got a couple of Three Dog Night references going in this thread.


Laura Nyro wrote Eli's Coming.

//hide yo heart, girl
 
2012-11-26 10:08:27 PM

AbbeySomeone: Disgruntled Goat: Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".

And Hoyt wrote "Joy to the World."

Joy to the World was written by 3 Dog Night you jackasses.Sheesh.


Hoyt wrote a lot of 3 Dog Night's songs.
 
2012-11-26 10:10:50 PM

sirrerun: yequalsy: Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".

And Hoyt Axton wrote "Never Been to Spain," so we've got a couple of Three Dog Night references going in this thread.

Laura Nyro wrote Eli's Coming.


Long as we're playing this game: Randy Newman's uncle wrote a better-known and more-heard piece of music than anything Randy wrote or performed - The 20th-Century Fox Fanfare.
 
2012-11-26 10:19:46 PM
Shel also wrote "I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor" that Johnny also covered.

Didn't know until recently that he'd written so much other stuff for other musicians.
 
2012-11-26 10:20:31 PM

moto-geek: I didn't know this. And now, I may very well forget it.


I didn't know it.

Nor do I care.
 
2012-11-26 10:21:19 PM

DoctorCal: Many people aren't aware that Arthur Digby Sellers wrote 156 episodes of the TV show Branded.


Bulk of the series.
 
2012-11-26 10:21:27 PM
Aerosmith's "Big Ten-Inch Record" was written and originally recorded by dirty blues artist Bull-Moose Jackson. Bull-Moose also sang bass back-up on Sarah Vaughan'shiat "Broken Hearted Melody".

The Bee Gees wrote "To Love Somebody" for Otis Redding. He died before he could record it. They also wrote "If I can't Have You" for ABBA. The ABBA guys declined, as they preferred to write their own material. But Yvonne Elliman'shiat version is even arranged like an ABBA song.

Getting back to Shel, he also co-wrote David Mamet's Things Change, one of Don Ameche's best films.
 
2012-11-26 10:22:26 PM

Dogpants: Hoyt Axton's mother co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel".


Hoyt Axton wrote "Snowblind Friend."
 
2012-11-26 10:30:47 PM
Willy Nelson wrote "Crazy" and Kris Kristofferson wrote "Me and Bobby McGee"
 
2012-11-26 10:30:48 PM
Mike Nesmith of the Monkees wrote Linda Ronstadt's first hit single (as lead singer of the Stone Poneys), Different Drum (pops).
 
2012-11-26 10:31:27 PM
Willie Nelson
 
2012-11-26 10:32:27 PM
I must have missed it because I can't believe nobody mentioned this yet ...
i48.tinypic.com

I'm not a country music fan but this is a great album. All songs written by Shel Silverstein and sung by
Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Mel Tillis and Jerry Reed.

The songs were Silverstein's take on getting older and most are hysterically funny.
 
2012-11-26 10:33:17 PM

Gyrfalcon: moto-geek: I didn't know this. And now, I may very well forget it.

I didn't know it.

Nor do I care.


Sorry you can't find any cool threads to post in.
 
2012-11-26 10:35:49 PM
One of my favorites (quoted from memory) from "Don't Bump the Glump!"
"See the 210-ton Ghelli?"
"He'd love for you to scratch his belly."
 
2012-11-26 10:36:26 PM

dopekitty74: Scott_Free: Always been as Shel Silverstien fan. Also wrote The Cover of the Rolling Stone, and I'm Checkin' Out. But I think his best was the ABZ book:


 

I knew he'd written cover of the rolling stone, and had always assumed he was a member of Dr Hook...

Mikey wrote Do The Bartman? Wow... I did not know that...


Apparently neither did anyone else at the time. He didn't take credit for it because of his record contract. Supposedly he also did the background vocals.

When MJ was on a Simpsons episode, they listed him in the credits as John Jay Smith. I assume it was for the same reason, that he didn't want to break his contract.
 
2012-11-26 10:39:38 PM
A couple of my favorites:
"Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out"
"The Great Smoke-Off"
 
2012-11-26 10:53:58 PM
matter of fact when I first heard that Shel was writing children's books I spit my joint across the room and dropped my beer. Musta coughed for days on that one.
 
2012-11-26 10:55:29 PM
This almost as crazy as that time Diddy wrote that song with Bjork.
 
2012-11-26 11:00:05 PM
"When the Levee Breaks" one of Led Zeppelin's biggest hits, was written by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie way back in 1929.
 
2012-11-26 11:10:14 PM

Omahawg: also, I was stoned and I missed it, cover of the rolling stone, and supposedly most of the naughty david alan coe songs

speaking of which, the world's best country'n'western song was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Steve also wrote City of New Orleans

David did write Take this job and shove it but that other Ohio redneck, Johnny paycheck, had the hit with it.

Meanwhile, I wrote the lyrics to Machine Gun by the Commodores but that biatch Lionel Ritchie refused to pay up

pay up, lionel. do the right thing, man


Steve Goodman was 23 years old when he released his first album which included both You Never Even Call Me By My Name and City of New Orleans.

And John Prine was 24 when he released first album that included Paradise and Angle From Montgomery.

They both penned their masterpieces at such a young age.
 
2012-11-26 11:20:20 PM
Shel Silverstein wrote the "Ned Kelly" film soundtrack and vice versa!
 
2012-11-26 11:24:34 PM

poot_rootbeer: Shel Silverstein wrote the "Ned Kelly" film soundtrack and vice versa!


Hank Williams Jr. sang the theme song for Kelly's Heroes. When he still sounded like his dad, before he went outlaw.

If there was ever a special Jeopardy tournament for useless information I'd be all Ken Jennings n shiat.
 
2012-11-26 11:30:59 PM
In those days the Music Business was more Jewish than a synagogue. "No Gentiles need apply". The only gentiles were the performers. I don't know why a book hasn't been written about that.
 
2012-11-26 11:40:42 PM
Shel wrote a hell of a lot of cool shiat. Not only "Cover of the Rolling Stone", he wrote "Freakers Ball" and "Get My Rocks Off". These were all covered by "Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show" on their album "Sloppy Seconds".

And a song about a joint rolling and smoking competition, "The Great Smoke Off". And many, many more, including some quirky country stuff like A Boy Named Sue.

I think some of you got stoned and missed it.
 
2012-11-26 11:47:09 PM
I was lucky enough to see Johnny Cash perform. Pisses off my ratrod car club friends. Also, john Lennon Co wrote "fame" by David Bowie.
 
2012-11-27 12:28:57 AM

CruJones: poot_rootbeer: Shel Silverstein wrote the "Ned Kelly" film soundtrack and vice versa!

Hank Williams Jr. sang the theme song for Kelly's Heroes. When he still sounded like his dad, before he went outlaw.

If there was ever a special Jeopardy tournament for useless information I'd be all Ken Jennings n shiat.


Mike Curb former Lt. Governor of the State of California wrote and sang the theme for Kelly's Heros
 
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