Johnny Cash is one of the best singers we ever knew. He not only invaded the country charts, but he also widened his genre of music to rock and roll, gospel, folk, and rockabilly. Cash sold millions of copies and won numerous awards from the AMC to the Grammy’s Award show. He is one of the few artists who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame altogether. Cash released a total of 170 songs that entered the chart and 13 of it reached No. 1. He made a total of 56 studio albums in different genres and aside from his studio album Cash recorded more albums.
Remembering Johnny Cash
Cash is not only a good singer but an excellent songwriter too. He wrote songs about sadness, distress, love and a lot of topics that are real. His music is known all around the globe and even if he passed away 15 years ago, people are still inspired by him. His magic still remains in the world of music, and people always mention his name. Therefore, today as we remember his death anniversary, we pay tribute to him by listening to five of his best-known songs.
“I Walk the Line”
“I Walk the Line” is one of Johnny Cash best-known songs in his career. He wrote the song and recorded it in 1956. Upon releasing his single, he received his first-ever No. 1 song on the Billboard chart. Moreover, his song crossed over for the first time to the pop chart at No. 17. Cash's song became the title of the movie I Walk the Line in 1970, and a movie about his life in 2005, Walk the Line.
“Ring of Fire”
In 1963, Cash recorded a song written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore, “Ring of Fire.” The song became his sixth No. 1 song on the country chart. In addition, the song cross over to the Hot 100 at No. 17. June’s sister, Anita Carter, first recorded the song. However, when her version failed to top the charts, Johnny decided to record the song.
“A Boy Named Sue”
“A Boy Named Sue” is a song with a theme of revenge and a twist of comedy. The song was written by Shel Silverstein. Cash recorded the song while he was performing live in San Quentin State Prison in 1969. His song reached No. 1 on the Country chart and No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart. Moreover, the song placed No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
June Carter and Johnny Cash recorded some songs together before and after their marriage. One of their best duets together was their song, “Jackson.” The song was first recorded by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood which is a pop song. June and Johnny recorded it as a country hit song that reached No. 2 on the chart.
“Folsom Prison Blues”
Johnny won his first Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1969 because of his song “Folsom Prison Blues.” It is a song he wrote after watching the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. He recorded it live at the Folsom Prison, and it received positive critics. His song reached No. 1 on the country charts and No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Cash died on September 12, 2003, after having complications from Diabetes. He died four months after his wife, June Carter, died.