Even years after his death, Johnny Cash continues to move his audience with stunning past performances. Luckily for us, there will always be a catalog of his performance online where we can enjoy them anytime we like.
The Man In Black hosted his own variety show from 1969-1971 titled The Johnny Cash Show. It was there that Cash would sing with a variety of performers and groups at the famed Ryman Auditorium. One of those groups was The Statler Brothers, who sang back up for Cash.
After becoming a regular act on the show, the group took part in a holiday song that continues to shatter those who listen. Accompanied by the legend himself, the men wore what resembled military uniforms while somberly singing “Blue Christmas.”Cash took the lead on vocals and the band angelically harmonized with the singer and lifted the ballad to new heights.
Cash gave an incredibly emotional performance, carrying the lyrics with his iconic, deep tone. Aside from the military attire, the men took to a scene that replicated a tent, complete with the classic military green cots and various pieces of luggage. Perhaps alluding to the difficult holidays that military members endure due to relocations and lack of family presence.
You can view their heartbreaking performance below.