Artist: Gene Clark
Album: Two Sides to Every Story
Song: "Give My Love to Marie"
"Give My Love to Marie" isn't an exact rewrite of Johnny Cash's "Give My Love to Rose," but they are two songs cut from the same thematic cloth: hearing a dying man's last wish. James Talley's original performance didn't catch my ear when I first played it off his Tryin' Like the Devil album. Fortunately Gene Clark rescued the song and made it a genuine revelation. Whereas Talley gives his lyrics a straight-faced reading, Clark imbues the sparse words with the necessary specter of dread.