Roll Call

Album: Roll Call (1967)
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  • "Roll Call" is a little-known song Johnny Cash recorded for his friend B. J. Carnahan, whom he met while in the Air Force in Landsberg, Germany. The demo was made in a garage studio in Abilene, Texas. It was pressed on the flip side of a song "Rosanna," but neither caught on. Cash stayed in touch with Carnahan and sent him a letter describing their days of good fishing at a place called Oberammergau. >>
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    Howard - Santa Fe, NM

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  • Ashlee Smith from Republic MoBJ was my Uncle. Very cool guy, Glad to see people still share about him!
  • Steaphen from Santa Clara, CaI've got some boxes of 45s from my father. In it we have Roll Call with Rosanna's Going Wild on a Columbia label.
  • Howard from Santa Fe, NmSorry to hear about B. J. We kept in contact for several years but neglected to call each other. If anyone looks at this song and would like to see the plaque and my recolection of that time please go to - click on "Me 'n Sound" - "Close to Fame."
  • Greer from Kansas City, MoB.J. Carnahan suffered a stroke in May of 2007 at his home in Macks Creek, Missouri. The men mentioned in "Roll Call" were men from the Missouri Ozarks who died in the Vietnam War.
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