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Daddy Sang Bass
Ronda Rich
When I was a child of five or six, I loved my little record player but other than children’s storytelling albums, I owned only two albums, both gospel. Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash from The Holy Land. The songs from these two albums impressed that six-year-old freckled face kid in such a deep way that I have now both albums downloaded on my iPod. A few years ago, I read in Cash’s autobiography called Cash that from the beginning of his career, he wanted to tithe not only money but songs so every tenth song he recorded was a gospel one. Later, he just saved up his song tithing and did complete gospel albums. My favorite Johnny Cash gospel rendering, then and now, is the Carl Perkins’ composition, “Daddy Sang Bass.”