Shel Silverstein: 'Giving Tree' Author Also Wrote 'A Boy Named Sue' For Johnny Cash

By Karen Harris
Photo of Shel Silverstein, 1968 (Photo by Alice Ochs/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Today, we remember the American writer Shel Silverstein more for his children’s books, such as The Giving Tree and his children’s poetry collections, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic, but during the 1960s and 1970s, he also wrote a number of catchy and memorable novelty songs, including "Cover of Rolling Stone," recorded by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and "A Boy Named Sue," recorded by Johnny Cash.