Dick Nolan, a performer from Newfoundland hijacked our Johnny Cash Day!
There we were ~snuggled in bed having our Johnny Cash Sunday coffees…. I’m a huge JC fan and have never claimed to know everything of the icon but I was pretty sure something wasn’t right with this performance. I was positive that Folsom Prison was recorded live and that June had a better voice than whoever he attempted the Jackson duet with. The album came from the thrift store & had no jacket. I dragged the needle dramatically off the record only to find the record was called “Folsom prison and other Johnny Cash Songs by Dick Nolan”. omg. I know, right? The entire mojo of our day was affected by this impostor. I tried to hate him but he was pretty decent cover, to tell you the truth. Further discovery… HE’S CANADIAN! Have you heard of him?
There was no album cover so after some researching, I discovered that this album came out in 1968. Richard Francis “Dick” Nolan (February 4, 1939 – December 13, 2005) was a Canadian musician, born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada. Nolan was known for performing Newfoundland folk music inToronto night clubs. During his 50 year career he released more than 40 albums and recorded over 300 tracks. One album, Fisherman’s Boy, contained his signature song Aunt Martha’s Sheep and went platinum in just three months. Another signature song of his was I’s the B’y. Two more gold albums followed and he appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and national television programs, was nominated for a Juno Award, hosted his own television series and in November 2005, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2009 Dick Nolan was posthumously awarded the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award by the East Coast Music Association.