It’s always cool seeing two stars in the music world get the chance to cross genres and play together.
Sometimes it fails miserably, like when Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan sang Derulo’s pop song “Trumpets” together for CMT Crossroads. I’m still scarred from watching that performance.
However, sometimes two singers cross paths and create something that’s off the charts.
Let’s take it back to 1970, where legendary trumpet player and singer, the great Louis Armstrong, and Mr.Johnny Cash himself got together on ABC’s “The Johnny Cash Show.”
In the clip, Cash recalls the time Armstrong got together with one of the original stars of country music, Jimmie Rodgers, to play on his hit song “Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin’ on the Corner).” In an effort to recreate the legendary collaboration, The Man In Black requested Armstrong to sing the song with him.
Of course, Armstrong happily agreed…
“I’ll try to sing Jimmie Rodger’s lyrics… and you wail like you did on the record. We’ll see, let’s give it to them in black and white.”
I mean, it doesn’t get much better than this. These were arguably the two biggest names in both the country music and jazz world at the time.
Give it a watch:
And take a listen to the original version while you’re at it: