Scott B. Bomar

Billy Mize
1958 Demos for Cash (10" vinyl)

Reissue Produced by Scott B. Bomar and Richard Weize
Liner Notes by Scott B. Bomar


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"The amazing thing is Billy's ability to write and record songs which would have fit Johnny perfectly. In fact, they also could be long lost demos recorded by the man himself, absolutely amazing." - East Coast Rockabilly Central

While not a household name, Billy Mize was nominated for 23 Academy of Country Music Awards between 1965 and 1973. He won several, including Most Promising Male Vocalist in 1966 and Television Personality of the Year in 1965, 1966, and 1967. In 1969 he was nominated for Television Personality once again, but lost out to another country singer who hosted his own show. The winner that time was Johnny Cash. But that wasn't the first time these two country music luminaries' lives and careers intersected. In March of 1959, Johnny Cash recorded "Clementine" at the same session where he cut "Five Feet High And Rising." Both songs would appear on Johnny's Songs Of Our Soil album that September. The latter, of course, was written by Cash, himself, while Clementine came from the pen of Billy Mize. Here, for the first time, are the demos of all six songs that Billy Mize wrote for Johnny Cash. They were recently re-discovered in a garage among several nearly-forgotten recordings, and provide a fascinating snapshot of a regional West Coast country star showing off his skills for writing songs that were strategically targeted to a specific artist. In addition to "Clementine," Johnny Cash fans now have the chance to peek behind the curtain and experience a rare collection of demos as Cash heard them decades ago. It's like discovering a secret stash of Johnny Cash recordings that could have been, and perhaps almost were!