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The Chicago Post office celebrates the dedication of the commemorative Johnny Cash stamp at 11 a.m. June 7 in the East Lobby of the Main Post Office, 433 W. Harrison with live performances from the cast of "The Miillion Dollar Quartet" and the Lonseome Whippoorwills.

The post office e-mailed the announcement.

The stamp is the second in the series of the U.S. Postal Service's new Music Icons series.
"The Million Dollar Quartet" was Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. The Lonesome Whippoorwills (named from a Hank Williams lyric) sprang from the volunteer group We Band Together (WBT) who play music for elderly residents in Chicago area nursing homes. Five members of the band decided to form the Lonesome Whippoorwills while continuing their volunteer efforts.

I wonder if they know Cash's tender 1958 cover of Jack Clement's "I Guess Things Happen That Way."
I hum this every time I stand in the slow lines at the post office at the Merchandise Mart:

"Well you ask me if I'll forget my baby.
I guess I will, someday.
I don't like it but I guess things happen that way.
You ask me if I'll get along.
I guess I will, someway.
I don't like it but I guess things happen that way..
."

Customers can purchase the Cash stamp beginning June 4 at usps.com/stamps or at 800-782-6724. The series launched last month with the Lydia Mendoza Forever stamp and Ray Charles is on deck later this fall.

Friday's event is free and open to the public.

Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.

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