For this week’s retro video, we’re travelling back in time to November 1987 when Rosanne Cash released her version of her Dad’s ‘Tennessee Flat Top Box’. Originally a hit for Johnny Cash in 1961, reaching number 11 on the Billboard Country chart, the story of a boy who dreamed of becoming a country music star has long been a fan favourite.
Rosanne Cash made the song her own and the single, produced by Rodney Crowell, topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart; it’s one of the stand-out tracks from her ‘King’s Record Shop’ album. Rosanne Cash has admitted that when she recorded the song, she hadn’t known it was one of her Dad’s own compositions. She had been familiar with his version all her life but like many things we are familiar with, she just assumed it had been around forever.