Heman Whalen, 88, fondly remembers his time hunting with Johnny Cash in Newfoundland in October 1961. The story was never told for decades, but is now being shared thanks to never-before-seen photos. (Gavin Simms/CBC)
Heman Whalen, left, and Johnny Cash hunting for moose near Millertown. This photo is dated Oct. 11, 1961. (Newfoundland Photos Courtesy Jonathan Holiff and Glen Chaytor)
Heman Whalen jokes it took Johnny Cash ten-times longer to field dress a moose than it would for him to do it. (Newfoundland Photos Courtesy Jonathan Holiff and Glen Chaytor)
Johnny Cash and his manager, Saul Holiff, in Badger. Photo dated October 1961. (Newfoundland photos Courtesy Jonathan Holiff and Glen Chaytor)
Filmmaker Jonathan Holiff said his father, Saul Holiff, and Cash had just finished a 10-date tour in Ontario in May 1961 when they started talking about hunting.
"Cash was an excellent hunter. My father hated the idea of hunting, but hoping to impress Cash, he suggested they travel to Newfoundland and hunt and do a small tour," Holiff told CBC Newfoundland Morning.
It wasn't until years later that a stash of memories from the trip and the years Saul Holiff and Cash worked together were discovered.