The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #108263   Message #2251566
Posted By: GUEST,DonMeixner
02-Feb-08 - 12:10 PM
Thread Name: Burl Ives and Johnny Cash -- A Wow
Subject: RE: Burl Ives and Johnny Cash -- A Wow
My understanding was Burl Ives suffered from serious dry mouth problems and he chewed gum constantly while singing to keep his mouth moist. Possibly caused by his heavy smoking of cigars. I saw a performance at the Chatauqua resort about 25 years ago. He mentioned the gum at some point and made a bit of a joke about it. I don't recall if this was during the performance or afterward. He died of cancer of the mouth in 1995, a possible connection.