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Watch Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and George Jones Perform ‘Keep On The Sunny Side’

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There will never again be artists quite like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and George Jones. That’s exactly what makes this video of the three music icons singing the 1920s tune, “Keep On The Sunny Side,” so special.

Ada Blenkhorn originally wrote “Sunny Side” in 1899, but it was The Carter Family that popularized the song in 1928. June Carter Cash and her family used the song as a sort of theme song. The song was then later covered by The Whites and used in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

 

Johnny Cash recorded his own cover of the song for his 1974 album, The Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me. On this version, June Carter Cash, Roseanne Cash (Johnny’s daughter), and June’s two daughters, Carlene Carter and Rosie Nix Adams all provided vocals.

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June also recorded a solo version of “Sunny Side” in 2003 for her final album, Wildwood Flower. The album was released just four months after her death.

Seeing Cash, Jennings and Jones perform the upbeat song that’s so rich in history is a treat. Can you imagine what it was like to watch this performance live?

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Watch Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and George Jones Perform ‘Keep On The Sunny Side’