Theme Times – Johnny Cash


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Johnny Cash (born J.R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author.He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Cash was known for his deep, calm bass-baritone voice, the distinctive sound of his Tennessee Three backing band characterized by train-sound guitar rhythms, a rebelliousness coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor, free prison concerts, and a trademark, all-black stage wardrobe, which earned him the nickname “The Man in Black.” He traditionally began his concerts by simply introducing himself, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,” followed by his signature song “Folsom Prison Blues”.

Much of Cash’s music contained themes of sorrow, moral tribulation, and redemption, especially in the later stages of his career. His other signature songs include “I Walk the Line”, “Ring of Fire”, “Get Rhythm”, and “Man in Black”. He also recorded humorous numbers like “One Piece at a Time” and “A Boy Named Sue”; a duet with his future wife, June Carter, called “Jackson” (followed by many further duets after their wedding); and railroad songs including “Hey, Porter”, “Orange Blossom Special”, and “Rock Island Line”. During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, notably “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails and “Rusty Cage” by Soundgarden.


Johnny Cash

I am none too sure when l first heard something from Johnny Cash, but l think it was probably because my Mother liked his stuff, and l was hooked with that terrific voice of his.But it might have been this one which l have always loved.

Ghost Riders In The Sky – 1979

Sadly my Mother forever judgemental, upon hearing of Cash’s addiction problems, promptly stopped listening to him, and refused to allow any of his music in the household when l was growing up and discovering voices and genres l liked. Here are my top 12 Johnny Cash songs. What are yours? Are you fan, a follower of this once fantastic artist?

1 – Don’t Take Your Guns To Town – 1958

2 – One Piece At A Time – 1976

3 – Daddy Sang Bass – 1969

4 – Understand Your Man – 1964

5 – The Ballad of Ira Hayes – 1964

6 – Ballad of a Teenage Queen – 1957/8

7 – A Boy Named Sue – 1969

8 – Folsom Prison Blues – 1957

9 – Cry, Cry, Cry – 1957

10 –Hurt – 2002

11 – Man in black – 1971

12 – Ring Of Fire – 1963


So there we go folks, my 12 [13] best songs by the great Johnny Cash – now tell me yours!


8 thoughts on “Theme Times – Johnny Cash

  1. My husband and I are HUGE JC fans. The story of Johnny and June is so close to our hearts that we have “Rings of Fire” tattooed on as our wedding bands. His music, as wells as theirs together, had inspired us both throughout our separate lives until we finally came together a little over 9 years ago. His music will play as we leave this world as well.

  2. Absolutely LOVE him and also his daughter Rosanne Cash ~ gorgeous voice! My mom was also a lifelong fan and I have been listening my whole life, plus own his bio-ish movie Walk The Line.

    Fave hits: Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, Walk the Line, Boy Named Sue, Daddy Sang Bass, Jackson (reminds me of my parents, lol), One Piece at a Time, 25 Minutes to Go, Man in Black, Sunday Morning Coming Down… so many more! Love him so much! ❤️

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