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Marshall Grant

May 25, 1988 OHC353 70 min.


Bass player. Born 1928. Original member of Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two. He and Luther Perkins formed the core group that worked with Johnny Cash at the start of Cash’s career.

Interview Summary

1988 May 25
(1 hour, 10 minutes)
Bass player Marshall Grant describes the career development of Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two. Discussion includes start of the group; origin of the “boom-chicka, boom-chicka” sound; their early performances; the story behind their black outfits; balancing their day jobs and increasing popularity as performers; learning the music business; the Sun Records recordings, including “Hey Porter”; the impact of Luther Perkins on Johnny Cashs’s sound; the chemistry of Cash, Perkins, and Grant; and comments on their early career.

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