On this eve of Veterans Day, we salute both the current members of the Armed Forces and our Veterans by focusing on two Grooveyard-era performers who also served. Elvis Presley was well-known for serving at an Army base in Germany. However, fellow Sun records artist Johnny Cash was also in the military in Germany. After enlisting in the Air Force in 1950, he served as a Morse Code intercept operator for Soviet Army transmissions. It was there Cash created his first band, named “The Landsberg Barbarians”. He was the first radio operator to pick up the news of the death of Joseph Stalin. The future “Man in Black” was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on July 3, 1954, and returned to Texas. Here’s Johnny on the “Tex Ritter Show” a year later.
Finally, here’s the Shirelles with an appropriate classic.
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