Shel Silverstein Duets with Johnny Cash, 1970
By Maria Popova
Few know that beloved children’s book author Shel Silverstein (September 25, 1930–May 10, 1999), of The Giving Tree fame, was also a prolific songwriter whose songs were posthumously — and beautifully — covered by contemporary indie icons.
On April 1, 1970, Silverstein brought his musical talents to The Johnny Cash Show. After a quick and playful duet with Cash on his song “Boy Named Sue,” Silverstein does a charming solo performance of a children’s song he wrote called “Daddy, What If,” prefaced by a moving aside about his relationship with his own father. Enjoy.
I’m really proud of the relationship I have with my dad, I really love him a lot.
Published October 28, 2011