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Re: the Men in Black
Sat Aug 5, 2017 11:35am

The black outfit was way before LVC hit it big. JC and the Tennessee Two (at the time prior to W.S. Holland joining ranks) happened to all have something black to wear on stage, and it covered dirt and grime from traveling hundreds of miles between performances in the 50s. But even Johnny Cash said he never let facts in the way of a good story.

But the closest I could come up with was when Cash lived in Encino and Casitas Springs in the late 50s to mid 60s prior to breaking up with Vivian Loberto and marrying June Carter. Quite possibly there could have been an overlap of social circles (I know Michael Parks, who we discussed a few months ago, was one of the lot actors for westerns and also a friend of Cash), but probably a few degrees of separation. I think after '68 with LVC filming abroad and Cash moving to Tennessee, the window gets narrower.

Looks like I have a small project working from the Johnny Cash end and his involvement with Hollywood in the 60s.

  • the Men in BlackDCG, Sat Aug 5 10:18am
    Nice analogy, Britzen --- all points raised are spot-on. Alas, I haven't found any direct connection between Van Cleef and Cash. It'd be fun if we could prove Johnny was inspired by Lee's... more
    • Re: the Men in Black — britzen, Sat Aug 5 11:35am
      • Hey, B...DCG, Sun Aug 6 12:26am
        ...can't seem to find your email. Want to ask you something... Could you shoot it to me, again? (Click on the highlit "DCG" above, for mine.) Thx! DCG.
        • DCG emailBritzen , Mon Aug 7 4:11pm
          Hey Chief, I clicked on your highlight name to no avail, I'll be older than my Mom before I get anything that. I think I got my email posted in this message, not sure how everything works. Britz
          • Well, we can work out...DCG, Mon Aug 7 5:15pm
            ...what went wrong off-board, but if anyone else needs help: Hover your cursor over anyone's "highlighted" handle in the header above their post(s) -- if the name is *not* highlit, then they didn't... more
        • Which "B"?Britzen , Sun Aug 6 6:06am
          To whom are you addressing? Bob or Britzen?
          • Sorry if I was bein' too...DCG, Sun Aug 6 1:45pm
            ...obtuse, Britzen: I sometimes lapse into shortened/familiarized versions of people's names. I was responding to your post, not bobO's. And I always call him "bobO" --- it's an old handle he used... more
      • Johnny CashBob O, Sat Aug 5 1:25pm
        I was thrilled to meet Johnny Cash. I was working back stage at an old theater in Johnson City, Tennessee. During the summer and fall of 1969, the theater had a country music show on Saturday night.... more
        • Faron YoungBob O, Sat Aug 5 1:32pm
          Faron Young was on a different show. I asked him about Lee Van Cleef and he said is Lee in those Italian Westerns. I said yes. He said he thought that was the same actor who worked with him, Marty... more
          • Re: Faron YoungBritzen , Sat Aug 5 2:12pm
            Yes! Raiders of Old California! JC and Faron Young were best friends, they scattered Young's ashes after his demise on the Cash property, though it was really windy, so "Faron ended up everywhere",... more
            • Badge of Marshall BrennanBob O, Sat Aug 5 3:46pm
              and Raiders of Old California were shot at the same time with virtually the same cast by Albert C. Gannaway. Country star Carl Smith was in Badge and Faron Young was in Radiers. Marty Robbins was in... more
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