A tribute to Shel Silverstein.
Keeping his music alive.

A lot of people have started collecting songs written by Shel Silverstein. He has written some great songs for Bobby Bare. Dr Y.S. Lee has compiled this list for the Web site.

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Bob Dylan, Shel Silverstein and Dean Dillon were inducted into the

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame during a Sunday night (Nov. 3) banquet.

The ceremonies, conducted by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, were

held at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza in Nashville.

 

Bobby Bare, Don Henry and Glaser sang a sampling of Silverstein’s best

known music. Glaser, an original member of the "Outlaw" movement, kicked

off the medley with "Put Another Log on the Fire," a hit for him in 1975.

"We got him out of hibernation," Bare said of the reclusive singer. Bare

and Henry joined their voices on "Marie Laveau," a No. 1 for Bare in

1974... Then, with a nonspiratorial nod, Henry and Bare rounded out the

set with the withering "Nashville Is Rough on the Living (But She Really

Speaks Well of the Dead)."

 

Acknowledging that different people perceived Silverstein

differently -- as a Playboy cartoonist, a writer of children’s books or as

a songwriter -- Bare said Silverstein’s great joy was "hanging out" with

his fellow artists. He said he was always jotting down notes -- on the top

of menus, in the white spaces on the sports page and even on his own hand.

"Sometimes," Bare observed, "he’d write on your hand. The thought of Shel

Silverstein having a career was hilarious."

 

Bare said the words "dead" and "Silverstein" simply didn’t go

together. "We’ve got to ask ourselves," he concluded, "did he leave too

early or have we stayed too late?"

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Songs written by Shel Silverstein : Highest position in Billboard Country chart: 


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(Sung by Bobby Bare)

1. Sylvia's Mother 1972 No. 12         

2. Marie Laveau 1974 No. 1

3. Daddy What If 1974 No. 5

4. Singin' in the Kitchen 1974 No 29

5. The Winner 1974 No. 13

6. Alimony 1975 No. 20

7. Back in Huntsville Again 1975 No. 23

8. Numbers 1980 No. 11

9. Tequila Sheila 1980 No. 31

10. Food Blues 1980 No. 41

11. The Jogger 1983 No. 29

12. Diet Song 1983 No. 69


The following are titles of albums that contain mainly Shel Silverstein songs:

1.LULLABY, LEGENDS and LIES CPL2-0290 (2LPs) BCD 15683 (CD)

(Concept by Shel) (All 14 songs were written by Shel Silverstein and contain
hit songs "Marie Laveau", "Daddy What If" and "The Winner". The first
concept album in country music history and still available today)

2. HARD TIMES HUNGRY RCA APL1-0906(LP), EDCD 551 (CD)

(Concept by Shel) (All 12 songs written by Shel Silverstein and contain
hit songs "Alimony" and "Back In Hunstville Again")

3. SINGING IN THE KITCHEN RCA LSA 3198

(Bobby Bare & Family sings songs mostly by Shel Silverstein. 9 out 12 songs including "Giving Tree" written by Shel Silverstein)


4. THE WINNER & OTHER LOSER RCA APL1 - 1786

(5 songs by Shel Silverstein out of 12)


5. BARE CBS 35314

(8 songs out of 10 written by Shel Silverstein)


6. DOWN & DIRTY CBS 84132

(8 songs written by Shel Silverstein)


7. DRUNK & CRAZY CBS 84643

(8 songs written by Shel Silverstein)


8. AIN'T GOT NOTHING TO LOOSE CBS 85504

(2 song by Shel Silverstein)


9. DRINKIN' FROM THE BOTTLE, SINGING FROM THE HEART CBS 38670

(10 out of 11 songs by Shel Silverstein)

10. KICKIN' ASPHALT  MME 70014

(6 songs by Shel Silverstein)

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