Song written by Johnny Cash, and recorded by him, on October 6, 1961, for the Columbia label, was released in December 1961, The song reached the 11th position of the USA country charts. But the version of Rosanne Cash , would be the most successful, The song would reach number one on the country charts on February 13, 1988.
Song written by Johnny Cash, and recorded by him, on October 6, 1961, for the Columbia label, was released in December 1961, with the production of Don Law & Frank Jones. The song reached the 11th position of the USA country charts. The song would be included on the album, Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (Columbia 1963).
But the version that Rosanne Cash recorded, would be the most successful. Rosanne explains, that she had heard the song sung by her father, from her childhood, for her it was like a lullaby, she liked it a lot and wanted to record it. Rosanne, at that time, Rodney Crowell was her husband, they wanted to assure, who had written the song, To be sure, the two went to the Country Music Hall of Fame to investigate their files, and discovered that Johnny had written ” Tennessee Flat Top Box “.After discovering the truth, everything became very clear. Rosanne and she exclaimed:”Of course! Who else could have written it?.
The version of Rosanne, was launched in November 1987. For the Columbia label, with the Rodney Crowell production. It was included on the album on their sixth studio album, King’s Record Shop (Columbia 1987). The song would reach number one on the country charts on February 13, 1988. Johnny proclaimed that Rosanne’s success with “Tennessee Flat Top Box” was one of the greatest achievements of her life.
The song is the story of a little boy who aspires to be a country singer, who starts his career at a local cabaret in a border town in South Texas. He has no physical abilities, only his ability to play the guitar, which he loves so much that making money is secondary to him. It becomes so popular that the girls “from there to Austin” secretly left their house and pawned jewelry for money to make the trip to hear him play, and “all the girls from nine to ninety years old, snapped their fingers, tapped the toes and begged: ‘Do not stop’. ”
Johnny Cash 1961 (Columbia)
Cowboy Cups 1963 (Starday Records)
Hillbilly Five 1965 (Interdisc)
Hank Williams Jr 1970 (MGM)
Cliff Ledger 1970 (Outlet Records)
Barrelhouse 1977 (Munich Records)
Eugene Chadbourne 1987 (Fundamental Records)
Rossane Cash 1987 (Columbia)
Kerry Wallace 2013 (Colt Records)
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Johnny Cash - Tennessee Flat-Top Box Lyrics
In a little cabaret in a South Texas border town,
Sat a boy and his guitar, and the people came from all around.
And all the girls from there to Austin,
Were slippin' away from home and puttin' jewelery in hock.
To take the trip, to go and listen,
To the little dark-haired boy who played the Tennessee flat top box.
And he would play: [Instrumental]
Well, he couldn't ride or wrangle, and he never cared to make a dime.
But give him his guitar, and he'd be happy all the time.
And all the girls from nine to ninety,
Were snapping fingers, tapping toes, and begging him: "Don't stop."
And hypnotized and fascinated,
By the little dark-haired boy who played the Tennessee flat top box.
And he would play: [Instrumental]
Then one day he was gone, and no one ever saw him 'round,
He'd vanished like the breeze, they forgot him in the little town.
But all the girls still dreamed about him.
And hung around the cabaret until the doors were locked.
And then one day on the Hit Parade,
Was a little dark-haired boy who played the Tennessee flat top box.