Rare Shel Silverstein Videos

Chris Higgins

Did you know that Shel Silverstein wrote "A Boy Named Sue," the song made famous by Johnny Cash? In this clip, the pair perform a brief, bizarre duet of "Sue" on The Johnny Cash Show, then Silverstein takes the stage solo to perform his song "Daddy, What If."

The Giving Tree

If that's not enough Shel for you, enjoy this 1973 animation of The Giving Tree, featuring a scratchily-recorded Silverstein narrating:

For more on Silverstein: Shel Silverstein’s Unlikely Rise to Kid Lit Superstardom. Also, if you live in New York City, there's a "Shelebration" in Central Park on Saturday, August 6!