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Johnny CashShout! Factory is delighted to bring you holiday cheer with the October 7 release of the 4-DVD box set The Johnny Cash Christmas Specials 1976-1979, as well as single DVD releases of The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978 and 1979. The Christmas Specials of 1976 and 1977 were released in 2007. The footage on these DVDs has been unseen for 30 years, and is being made available through an exclusive agreement between Shout! Factory and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a special spotlight exhibit dedicated to Cash on Tuesday, September 30, 2008. Among the artifacts in the new display is the black gabardine suit with chain-stitched blue stars and brass buttons, designed by Nudie's Rodeo Tailors, which Cash wore in his 1977 televised Christmas special.


Johnny Cash Christmas Special trailer:



For his 1978 Christmas special, the third in as many years, Cash moved the usually Tennessee-based taping to Los Angeles, and, unsurprisingly, the program takes on a Hollywood feel. Guests include Kris Kristofferson and singer Rita Coolidge, both friends of the Cash family, who perform a heartfelt "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends," and Steve Martin, one of America's hottest new comics at the time. June Carter Cash, as always, performs with her husband, and other family members make appearances in this special as well.

For the 1979 broadcast, Cash's annual CBS Christmas special returns to Nashville for a program featuring his father, Ray Cash, and his older brother, Roy Cash, in a visit to the small home in Dyess, Arkansas, where Johnny and his siblings were raised. Guests include Canadian pop and country star Anne Murray ("You Needed Me"), who was enjoying the most successful period of her career, and country music's Tom T. Hall, whom Cash introduces as "my very favorite songwriter" before Cash and Hall launch into a medley of Hall's hits "(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine," "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died," "I Love" and "Country Is." The show's comic foil is the late Andy Kaufman, who appears as his character Latka Gravas from the hit network show Taxi.


Johnny Cash Christmas Special clip:



The Johnny Cash Christmas Specials 1976-1979 4-DVD box set includes these two discs as well as the special from 1976 and 1977, previously released on DVD in 2007 by Shout! Factory. Taped from the family homes in Bon Aqua and Hendersonville, Tennessee, The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1976 featured special guests Roy Clark, Merle Travis, Barbara Mandrell, Tony Orlando and Billy Graham. The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 includes an all-star tribute to Elvis Presley with Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison, a selection of Christmas songs, as well as Perkins's "Blue Suede Shoes," Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," and Lewis's 1957 Sun smash "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On."


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The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1976 Performances:
Wandering - Johnny Cash
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando, Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
Christmas As I Knew It - Johnny Cash
Far Away Places - Johnny Cash & Roy Clark
Juke Box Saturday Night - Roy Clark
That Lucky Old Sun - Johnny Cash
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Roy Clark
Stephen Foster Medley:
-Camptown Races - Johnny Cash, Roy Clark & Tony Orlando
-Beautiful Dreamer - Roy Clark
-Old Folks At Home - Johnny Cash
-Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair - Tony Orlando
-Oh! Susanna - Johnny Cash, Roy Clark & Tony Orlando
Follow Me - June Carter Cash
Cannonball Rag - Merle Travis
That Christmasy Feeling - Tommy Cash
In The Pines - Carter Family
Steel Guitar Rag - Barbara Mandrell
It's A Beautiful Morning With You - Barbara Mandrell
Old Time Feeling - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
A Story Of Christmas - Billy Graham

The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 Performances:
Christmas Time's A-Comin' - Johnny Cash
Darlin' Companion - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
This Ole House - Johnny Cash & The Statler Brothers
Blue Christmas - Johnny Cash & The Statler Brothers
Here Comes Santa Claus - Johnny Cash & Roy Clark
Frosty The Snow Man - Johnny Cash & Roy Clark
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Johnny Cash and Roy Clark
Big River - Johnny Cash
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
White Christmas - Jerry Lee Lewis
This Train Is Bound For Glory - Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison & Carl Perkins
Silent Night -Johnny Cash, Family & Friends
O Little Town Of Bethlehem - June Carter Cash
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Johnny Cash, Family & Friends
Children Go Where I Send Thee - Johnny Cash, Family & Friends

The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978 Performances:
Christmas Can't Be Far Away - Johnny Cash
Talking About Friends - Steve Martin Comedy Sketch
Ballad Of A Teenage Queen - Johnny Cash
Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash & Kris Kristofferson
I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home - Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson & Steve Martin
Jean-Pierre Louey - Steve Martin Comedy Sketch
Fourth Man - Johnny Cash
I Will Rock And Roll With You - Johnny Cash
You're A Part Of Me - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
Christmas Time's A-Comin' - Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
Love Me Again - Rita Coolidge
Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends - Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
The Greatest Cowboy Of Them All - Johnny Cash
The Card Trick - Steve Martin Comedy Sketch
Silent Night - Johnny Cash with daughters Carlene, Tara, Rosanne, Cindy, Kathy & Rosie

The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1979 Performances:
Opening - Andy Kaufman Comedy Sketch
(Ghost) Riders In The Sky - Johnny Cash
Five Feet High And Rising - Johnny Cash
You Needed Me - Anne Murray
That Christmasy Feeling - Johnny Cash & Anne Murray
The Ballad Of The Harp Weaver - Johnny Cash
That's Why You Have To Be You - Tom T. Hall
Tom T. Hall Medley:
-Country Is - Johnny Cash & Tom T. Hall
-Old Dogs, Children And Watermelon Wine - Tom T. Hall
-The Year That Clayton Delaney Died - Johnny Cash & Tom T. Hall
-I Love - Johnny Cash & Tom T. Hall
-Country Is - Johnny Cash& Tom T. Hall
If I Were A Carpenter - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
That's When Your Heartaches Begin - Andy Kaufman
Christmas Is - Tom T. Hall
Back Up And Push - June Carter Cash
Christmas Wishes - Anne Murray
Let There Be Peace On Earth - Johnny Cash

About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum: Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum's mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum's Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.com or by calling (615) 416-2001.



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