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Offered here is a great 2-page 1968 contract transferring the ownership of the Carl Perkins penned song DADDY SANG BASS from Cedarwood Publishing of Nashville to Johnny Cash’s company, The House of Cash.
Johnny Cash would, of course, have a major hit with DADDY SANG BASS in 1969 when it was released on his classic gospel album from Columbia Records, THE HOLY LAND.
Cedarwood Publishing was one of the most important musical establishments in the early days of the Nashville sound, and it’s founder James R. Denny was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966, 3 years following his death. This contract is signed by J. William Denny on behalf of Cedarwood, (presumably related to James Denny). J. William Denny has served on the board of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and has also had a distinguished songwriting career, having co-written the Elvis Presley classic, TEDDY BEAR.
Carl Perkins had presumably signed away his rights to DADDY SANG BASS to Cedarwood prior to the signing of this contract, as he is not a part of the transaction (though he is named as the song’s author on page two, beneath the signatures.
The contract is dated November 18, 1968, and is signed on page two by JOHNNY CASH for the House of Cash, and J. WILLIAM DENNY for Cedarwood Publishing.
Click here to view page one of the contract (unsigned).
Click here to view page two of the contract (signed).
The contract measures 8.5 x 11” and is in very good condition except for multiple staple holes in the upper left corner of both pages.
A highly desirable piece of Johnny Cash memorabilia.
The following is from the All Music Guide:
Johnny Cash was one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music. With his deep, resonant baritone and spare, percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound. Cash didn't sound like Nashville, nor did he sound like honky tonk or rock & roll. He created his own sub-genre, falling halfway between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock & roll, and the world weariness of country. Cash's career coincided with the birth of rock & roll, and his rebellious attitude and simple, direct musical attack shared a lot of similarities with rock. However, there was a deep sense of history - as he would later illustrate with his series of historical albums - that kept him forever tied with country. And he was one of country music's biggest stars of the '50s and '60s, scoring well over 100 hit singles.