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I Walk the Line

2 Apr

I Walk the Line” is a song written by Johnny Cash and recorded in 1956. After three attempts with moderate chart ratings, “I Walk the Line” became the first number one Billboard hit for Cash. The single remained on the record charts for over 43 weeks, and sold over 2 million copies.[1]

Single by Johnny Cash
from the album With His Hot and Blue Guitar
B-side Get Rhythm
Released May 1, 1956
Format 7″ single
Recorded April 2, 1956
Genre Countryrockabillyrock and roll
Length 2:45
Label Sun
Writer(s) Johnny Cash
Producer Sam Phillips

The Last Great American

26 Feb

John R. “Johnny” Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Many remember him as a country music icon. The truth is his songs and sound spanned many genres including rockabilly , rock and rollbluesfolk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash!

Johnny Cash at San Quentin

1 Jan

“Folsom Prison Blues” gave Johnny Cash his first top-10 country hit in 1956, and his live concert performance at Folsom—dramatized memorably in the film Walk The Line—gave his flagging career a critical jump-start in 1968. But the prison with which Johnny Cash was most closely associated wasn’t Folsom, it was San Quentin, a maximum-security penitentiary just outside of San Francisco. San Quentin is where Cash played his first-ever prison concert on January 1, 1958—a concert that helped set Merle Haggard, then a 20-year-old San Quentin inmate, on the path toward becoming a country music legend.

The Death of a Legend

1 Jan

On January 1, 1953, the greatest country music singer/songwriter Hank Williams died at the age of 29. The official cause of death was heart failure but a drug-alcohol combination has long been suspected.

Williams was scheduled to perform at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia. Due to an ice storm in the Nashville area, Williams had to cancel the concert and hire college student Charles Carr to drive him to his next appearance, a concert on January 1, 1953, in Canton, Ohio. In Knoxville, Tennessee, they stopped at the Andrew Johnson Hotel. Carr requested a doctor for Williams, who was feeling the combination of the chloral hydrate and alcohol he consumed on the way from Montgomery. A doctor injected Williams with two shots of vitamin B12 that contained morphine. Carr talked to Williams for the last time when they stopped at a restaurant inBristol, Virginia. Carr later kept driving until he reached a gas station on Oak Hill, West Virginia, where Williams lay unresponsive in the back seat. After determining that Williams was dead, Carr asked for help from the owner of the station who notified the police. After an autopsy, the cause of death was determined to be “insufficiency of the right ventricle of the heart.” “

The Book of Revelation looms large on John Wesley Harding

27 Dec

The Book of Revelation looms large on John Wesley Harding. The album’s best-know track, “All along the Watchtower” (of Jimi Hendrix fame) begins with the ominous rationalization, “There must be someway out of here,” but there is no way out of here.

John Wesley Harding is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan,[1] released in December 1967 by Columbia Records. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album marked Dylan’s return to acoustic music and traditional roots, after three albums of electric rock musicJohn Wesley Harding shares many stylistic threads with, and was recorded around the same time as, the prolific series of home recording sessions with The Band, finally released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes.

The track durations cited here are those of the remastered version released September 16, 2003, and re-released June 1, 2004. Previous versions differ.

All songs written by Bob Dylan.

Side one
  1. John Wesley Harding” – 2:58
  2. As I Went Out One Morning” – 2:49
  3. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” – 3:53
  4. All Along the Watchtower” – 2:31
  5. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest” – 5:35
  6. Drifter’s Escape” – 2:52
Side two
  1. “Dear Landlord” – 3:16
  2. I Am a Lonesome Hobo” – 3:19
  3. “I Pity the Poor Immigrant” – 4:12
  4. The Wicked Messenger” – 2:02
  5. Down Along the Cove” – 2:23
  6. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” – 2:34

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard 200 2
1968 UK Top 75 1


Additional musicians
Technical personnel

Marty Robbins Hits It With “That’s All Right”!

7 Dec


On December 7, 1954, Marty Robbins became the first major artist to cover an Elvis Presley hit. He recorded Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right.” and it turned into a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Country chart.


Marty Live


Arthur Crudup’s Original

Mule Skinner Blues

7 Oct

Charlie and Bill Monroe

Mule Skinner Blues was Bill Monroe’s first solo studio recording. Recorded on October 7, 1940 for RCA Victor, the song became a hit and one of Monroe’s signature tunes. It was originally recorded by Jimmie Rogers. It went on to be covered by many performers including, Woody Guthrie, Odetta, Lonnie Donegan,Bob Dylan and Van Morrison to name a few.