Columbia 4S-45134:  What Is Truth / Sing A Traveling Song

Released Date    18th March 1970

What Is Truth

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Bob Johnston // Initial Recording Date: 9th March 1970 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 18th April 1970 / No of weeks: 14 / High position: 3 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 11th April 1970 / No of weeks: 8 / High position: 19 // US Easy Listening Charts – High position: 4

The song is generally viewed as a protest song against Vietnam War.

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Sing A Traveling Song

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Kenny Jones* // Producer: Bob Johnston // Initial Recording Date: 19th August 1969 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

*Kenny Jones was the son of Helen Carter. He wrote ‘Sing A Traveling Song’ at the age of 14. Tragically, he was killed in an automobile accident two years later.

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Columbia 4-45211:  Sunday Morning Coming Down / I’m Gonna Try To Be That Way            

Released Date    29th July 1970

Sunday Morning Coming Down (live)

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Kris Kristofferson // Producer: Bob Johnston // Initial Recording Date: 10th July 1970 // Recording Venue: Ryman Auditorium, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 5th September 1970 / No of weeks: 15 / High position: 1 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 29th August 1970 / No of weeks: 7 / High position: 46

Sunday Morning Coming Down stayed at Number 1 for 2 weeks.

The song won the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year in 1970

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I’m Gonna Try To Be That Way (live)

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Bob Johnston // Initial Recording Date: 10th July 1970 // Recording Venue: Ryman Auditorium, Nashville.

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Columbia CC 71032:  The Bug That Tried To Crawl Around The World      

Released Date    February 1970

The Bug That Tried To Crawl Around The World

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: J R Hall // Producers: Don Law and Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 11th January 1966 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

The record was accompanied by a 50 page book by Barbara Shook Hazen with illustrations by Robert Sargent.

 

 

The flip side contains Adrienne Albert narrating the story with musical background.

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Columbia 4-45269:  Flesh And Blood / This Side Of The Law

Released Date    16th November 1970

Flesh And Blood

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Bob Johnston // Initial Recording Date: 8th October 1970 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 19th December 1970 / No of weeks: 13 / High position: 1 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 12th December 1970 / No of weeks: 7 / High position: 54

The song describes a man observing and interacting with nature, but noting that it is no substitute for a human partner.

It featured in the 1970 Gregory Peck film “I Walk The Line”.

It won an award from the BMI.

The song replaced Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’ at the top the charts.

This Side Of The Law

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Bob Johnston // Initial Recording Date: 8th October 1970 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia AE 32:  Ballad of Little Fauss And Big Halsy / Little Man

Both tracks are taken from the soundtrack of the Paramount picture ‘Little Fauss And Big Halsy’.

Johnny Cash played acoustic guitar on both these instrumental versions.

Ballad of Little Fauss And Big Halsy

Artists: The Tennessee three with Carl Perkins // Composer: Cal Perkins // Producer: Bob Johnson // Initial Recording Date: 9th October 1970 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Little Man

Artists: The Tennessee three with Carl Perkins // Composer: Cal Perkins // Producer: Bob Johnson // Initial Recording Date: 9th October 1970 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

 

A promo single (EV 2310) was released by Paramount, with the ‘vocal’ version of  ‘Ballad of Little Fauss And Big Halsy’ featuring on the ‘A’ side with ‘Movin’ on the reverse side.

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Columbia 4-45339:  Man In Black / Little Bit Of Yesterday 

Released Date    26th February 1971

Man In Black

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Johnny Cash // Initial Recording Date: 16th February 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 27th March 1971 / No of weeks: 13 / High position: 3 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 20th March 1971 / No of weeks: 6 / High position: 58

Cash is awarded a BMI Citation of Achievement Award for the song.

Little Bit Of Yesterday

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Johnny Cash // Initial Recording Date: 16th February 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 4-45393:  Singing In Viet Nam Talking Blues / You’ve Got A New Light Shining       

Released Date    20th May 1971

Singing In Viet Nam Talking Blues

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Johnny Cash // Initial Recording Date: 13th April 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 26th June 1971 / No of weeks: 10 / High position: 18 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 19th June 1971 / No of weeks: 3 / High position: 124

This song is about ‘the living hell’ that Cash had witnessed during a trip he took to entertain the troops.

You’ve Got A New Light Shining

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Johnny Cash //Initial Recording Date: 13th April 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 4-45428:  A Song To Mama / One More Summer In Virginia

Released Date    15th July 1971

A Song To Mama

Artists: The Carter Family with Johnny Cash // Composers: June Carter & Helen Carter & George Jones // Producer: Billy Sherrill // Initial Recording Date: 18th May 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Weeks on Chart: 11 / High position: 37

 

 

b/w –  One More Summer In Virginia by The Carter Family

Johnny Cash did not feature on this track

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Columbia 4-45431:  No Need To Worry / I’ll Be Loving You              

Released Date    August 1971

No Need To Worry

Artists: Johnny Cash & June Carter // Composers: J S Cooper & G P White // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 18th May 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 11th September 1971 / No of weeks: 11 / High position: 15

The Carter Family also feature on this song (uncredited)

I’ll Be Loving You

Artists: Johnny Cash & June Carter // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Larry Butler / Initial Recording Date: 18th May 1971 / Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

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]Columbia 4-45460:  Papa Was A Good Man / I Promise You

Released Date    9th September 1971

Papa Was A Good Man

Artists: Johnny Cash and the Evangel Temple Choir // Composer: Harold Bynum // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 18th August 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 16th October 1971 / No of weeks: 11 / High position: 16 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 23rd October 1971 / No of weeks: 3 / High position: 104

I Promise You

Artist: Johnny Cash / Composer: Johnny Cash / Producer: Larry Butler / Initial Recording Date: 8th August 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

This song is a promise of devotion to June.

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Columbia 4-45534:  A Thing Called Love / Daddy  

Released Date    Jan 1972

A Thing Called Love

Artists: Johnny Cash with The Evangel Temple Choir // Composer: J R Hubbard (aka Jerry Reed) // Producer/Arranger: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 18th August 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 29th February 1972 / No of weeks: 16 // High position: 2 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 5th February 1972 / No of weeks: 1 / High position: 103 // US Easy Listening Charts – High position: 37

The Evangel Temple Choir is from the church of the same name and was pastored by Jimmie Rogers Snow, the son of Hank Snow.

The record was Cash’s biggest hit in Europe, charting in Ireland, United Kingdom and Netherlands.

Daddy

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Don Reid & Harold Reid // Producer/Arranger: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 27th October 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 4-45590:  Kate / The Miracle Man           

Released Date    7th April 1972

The promotional copy featured mono and stereo versions of Kate.

Kate

Artists: Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three // Composer: Marty Robbins // Producer: Larry Butler: Initial Recording Date: 11th February 1972 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 6th May 1972 / No of weeks: 12 / High position 2: // US Pop Charts – Charted: 13th May 1972 / No of weeks: 7 / High position: 75

The Miracle Man

Artists: Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three // Composers: Johnny Cash & Larry Lee // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 14th January 1972 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 4-45631:  If I Had A Hammer / I Gotta Boy And His Name Is John 

Released Date    9th June 1972 

If I Had A Hammer

Artists: Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash // Composers: Lee Hayes & Pete Seeger // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 3rd May 1972 // Recording Venue : House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 15th July 1972 / No of weeks: 7 / High position: 29

The song was a Freedom Song of the American Civil Rights movement.

I Gotta Boy And His Name Is John

Artists: Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 3rd May 1972 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

The song that was written to celebrate the birth of their son.

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Columbia 4-45660:  Oney / Country Trash              

Released Date    28th July 1972

Oney

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: J Chestnut // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 5th June 1972 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 26th August 1972 / No of weeks: 15 / High position: 2 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 9th September 1972 / No of weeks: 4 / High position: 103

The song is one of several by Cash paying tribute to the working man. This story is about a factory worker who plans to get retribution against his mean boss.

Country Trash

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash / Producer: Larry Butler / Initial Recording Date: 7th June 1972 / Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

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Columbia 4-45679:  The World Needs A Melody / A Bird With Broken Wing Can’t Fly

Released Date    August 1972

The promotional copy featured mono and stereo versions of The World Needs A Melody.

The World Needs A Melody

Artists: The Carter Family with Johnny Cash // Composers: Red Lane & John Slate & Larry Henley // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 6th October 1971 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – First week in chart: October 1972 / High position 35          

b/w – A Bird With Broken Wing Can’t Fly  by The Carter Family

Johnny Cash did not feature on this track

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Columbia 4-45740:  Any Old Wind That Blows / Kentucky Straight 

Released Date:    9th November 1972

Any Old Wind That Blows

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Dick Feller // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 12th October 1972 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 23rd December 1973 / No of weeks: 15 / High position: 3

The song received a BMI Award.

Kentucky Straight

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Larry Butler / Initial Recording Date: 12th October 1972 / Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

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Columbia 4-45758:  The Loving Gift / Help Me Make It Through The Night 

Released Date    Dec 1972

The promotional copy featured mono and stereo versions of The Loving Gift.

The Loving Gift

Artists: Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash // Composer: Kris Kristofferson // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 12th October 1972 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 20th January 1973 / No of weeks: 10 /High position: 27

Help Me Make It Through The Night

Artists: Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash // Composer: Kris Kristofferson // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 12th October 1972 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

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Columbia 4-45786:  Children / The Last Supper     

Released Date    April 1973

Children

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Joe South // Producer: Larry Butler // Arranger: Chuck Cochran // Initial Recording Date: 6th June 1972 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 21st April 1973 / No of weeks: 9 / High position: 30

The Last Supper

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Larry Gatlin // Producer: Larry Butler // Arranger: Chuck Cochran // Initial Recording Date: 15th May 1972 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

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Columbia 4-45890:  Praise The Lord And Pass The Soup / The Ballad Of Barbara              

Released Date    July 1973 

Praise The Lord And Pass The Soup

Artists: Johnny Cash with The Carter Family & The Oak Ridge Boys // Composers: Albert Hammond & Michael Hazlewood // Producer: Albert Hammond // Initial Recording Date: 11th April 1973 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 4th August 1973 / No of weeks: 7 / High position: 57

The Ballad Of Barbara

Artists: Johnny Cash with The Carter Family & The Oak Ridge Boys // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Albert Hammond // Initial Recording Date: 11th April 1973 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

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Columbia 4-45929:  Allegheny / We’re For Love  

Released Date    24th August 1973

The promotional copy featured mono and stereo versions of Allegheny.

Allegheny

Artists: Johnny Cash & June Carter // Composer: Chris Gantry // Producers: Don Law Productions: // Initial Recording Date: 24th July 1973 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 29th September 1973 / No of weeks: 10/ High position: 69

We’re For Love

Artists: Johnny Cash & June Carter // Composers: M S Tubb & Reba Hancock // Producers: Don Law Productions // Initial Recording Date: 18th May 1973 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

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Columbia 4-45938:  Pick The Wildwood Flower / Diamonds In The Rough 

Released Date    1st Oct 1973

Pick The Wildwood Flower

Artists: Johnny Cash with Mother Maybelle Carter // Composer: Joe Allen // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 6th June 1972 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 17th November 1973 / No of weeks: 10 / High position: 34

Diamonds In The Rough    

Artists: Johnny Cash with Mother Maybelle Carter / Composer: A P Carter / Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 14th November 1972 / Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

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Columbia 4-45979:  That Christmasy Feeling / Christmas As I Knew It

Released Date    27th November 1973

That Christmasy Feeling

Artists: Johnny Cash & Tommy Cash / Composers: Tommy Cash & Jimmy Peppers / Producer: Larry Butler / Initial Recording Date: 27th July 1972 / Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Christmas As I Knew It

Artist: Johnny Cash / Composers: June Carter & Jan Howard / Producer: Larry Butler / Initial Recording Date: 28th July 1972 / Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

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Columbia 4-45997:  Orleans Parish Prison / Jacob Green

Released Date    11th Jan 1974

Orleans Parish Prison

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Dick Feller // Producers: Johnny Cash & Charlie Bragg // Initial Recording Date: 3rd October 1973 // Recording Venue: Osteraker Prison, Stockholm.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 23rd February 1974 / No of weeks: 8 / High position: 52        

Jacob Green

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Larry Butler / Initial Recording Date: 3rd October 1973 / Recording Venue: Osteraker Prison, Stockholm.

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Columbia 4-46028:  Ragged Old Flag / Don’t Go Near The Water   

Released Date    19th March 1974  

Ragged Old Flag

Artist: Johnny Cash: // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producers: Johnny Cash & Charlie Bragg // Initial Recording Date: 28th January 1974 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 27th April 1974 / No of weeks: 13 / High position: 31

The recitation was recorded at a Columbia luncheon. Cash took the recording into the studio where the orchestration and Earl Scuggs’ banjo were added. The ovation which it received at the luncheon remained on the record.

Don’t Go Near The Water

Artist: Johnny Cash //Composer: Johnny Cash // Producers: Johnny Cash & Charlie Bragg // Initial Recording Date: 19th February 1974 // Recording Venue: House Of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

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Columbia JC 001:    I’m A Worried Man / Ballad Of Annie Palmer (Jamaica)

Released Date:    1974

The proceeds from the sale of this record went to benefit Rose Hill’s SOS, a children’s home near Montego Bay, Jamaica.

I’m A Worried Man

Artist: Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producers: Johnny Cash & Charlie Bragg // Initial Recording Date: 18th February 1974 // Recording Venue: House of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

Ballad Of Annie Palmer

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Larry Butler // Initial Recording Date: 15th November 1972 // Recording Venue: House of Cash Studios, Hendersonville.

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