Where am I?: "Jackson" Johnny Cash and June Carter (1967)

@JohnRoberts (61221)
Los Angeles, California
April 2, 2018 7:02am CST
This famous duet song was written by Billy Edd Wheeler and Jerry Leiber (using wife’s name Gaby Rogers as pseudonym). Wheeler’s inspiration came from Edward Albee’s play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “Jackson” is about a long time married couple who feel the zip has gone out of their relationship and think a visit to Jackson will liven things up. Wheeler first recorded the song then the Kingston Trio in 1963. There were two hit versions in 1967. The Nancy Sinatra-Lee Hazlewood duet charted Billboard #14. However Johnny Cash and June Carter “own” the song. Their cover was country #2 and won a Grammy for Best Country Western Performance. This is the most famous version they performed in concert for years. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon recreated “Jackson” in “Walk the Line.” Wheeler said there is no specific Jackson intended. Jackson, Mississippi always comes to mind. Cash and Charlie Daniels referred to Jackson, Tennessee.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
2 Apr
"Now the last thing I wanted was to get in a fight In Jackson Mississippi on a Saturday night 'Specially when there was three of them and only one of me" Charlie Daniels - Uneasy Rider
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@dgobucks226 (13308)
4 Apr
Johnny and June at the top of their game on this song! A Grammy says it all
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
3 Apr
My dad was a great fan of Johnny Cash and he was always on the turntable. Think that is why I can't listen to him; except for one piece at a time, that one I do like
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@snowy22315 (51256)
• United States
2 Apr
Although they sang other songs together, Jackson was the only one that was really a hit fo the two of r them singing together. That was another song I grew up listening to.
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@FourWalls (14693)
• United States
2 Apr
Jackson, California. You know that's the one they mean. And they weren't even married when they recorded this. Go figure.
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@JudyEv (130589)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Apr
This is a great song. Another of my favourites. I seem to have a lot of favourites lately.
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@Jessabuma (33168)
• Baguio, Philippines
2 Apr
I never heard this song before but it's beautiful song .
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