Personalities | Shel Silverstein | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country

(Vocals, guitar, 1932–99)

Silverstein had just the right irreverent, satirical edge that the Outlaws movement was looking for, thanks to his background as a successful cartoonist for Playboy and a semi-successful folk singer. He wrote the comic fable ‘A Boy Named Sue’ for Johnny Cash (1969), the voodoo tale ‘Marie Laveau’ for Bobby Bare (1974), the ladies-man boast ‘The Taker’ for Waylon Jennings (1970), the seductive ‘Once More With Feeling’ (1979) for Kris Kristofferson and the whole double album, Lullabies, Legends And Lies (1974), for Bobby Bare.

Styles & Forms | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country
Personalities | James Talley | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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