Saturday, September 17, 2011

Dr. Hook's Connection to some Boy Named Sue; the Great Shel Silverstein

On the cover of the Rolling Stone.  Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.  I don't know tons about this band - but we've all head their hit song on some juke box somewhere.  For starters - we have to agree that their second album has the All-time best title ever in rock and roll history for a band's second album.  Theirs is aptly named Sloppy Seconds.  But I looked to see on the back cover of this record it states, "All songs written by Shel Silverstein."  Not a few, not one - ALL!.  Including their hit - On the Cover of the Rolling Stone.  Shel is Sheldon Allan "Shel" Silverstein (born September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999), was a cool guy too, apparently.  My father-in-law knows Shel's son or nephew and I met that guy too at a Cubs game a few years ago.  Shel also wrote many children's books.  But you sure have heard the most notable song Shel wrote - Johnny Cash's monster smash hit - A Boy Named Sue.

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