Paul Newman was a rare human being: a creative talent with a perfect face and a kind and giving soul. Through his company Newman's Own, he gave over $250 million to charity and as a philanthropist he donated his time, money and name to many organizations. I was very sad to hear of his recent passing and was reminded of this song, Plastic Jesus, which Mike and I had just talked about as a fitting song for this week's somewhat prison inspired picks. Now that Newman is gone, it's even more appropriate.
In the classic anti-conformist film Cool Hand Luke, Newman sings this song when he learns his mother has died; Ernie Marrs lent his voice for another version in the film but the folk song was originally recorded and written by Ed Rush and George Cromarty.