Columbia 1-11237:  Bull Rider / Lonesome To The Bone     

Release Date    February 1980

Bull Rider

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Rodney Crowell // Producer: Brian Ahern // Initial Recording Date: 25th April 1979 // Recording Venue: Jack Clement Studios, Nashville.

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Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 19th April 1980 / No of weeks: 5 / High position: 66

Lonesome To The Bone

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Brian Ahern // Initial Recording Date: 18th May 1979 // Recording Venue: Jack Clement Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 1-11283:  Song Of The Patriot / She’s A Go-er    

Released Date    May 1980

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

Song Of The Patriot

Artists: Johnny Cash with Marty Robbins // Composers: Marty Robbins & Shirl Milete // Producer: Earl Poole Ball // Initial Recording Date: 18th March 1980 // Recording Venue: Quadrafonic Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 7th July 1980 / No of weeks: 8 / High position: 54

Although Marty Robbins was credited as a vocalist, there is some doubt whether he did sing on the record.

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She’s A Go-er  

Artists: Johnny Cash with Joe Allen // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Earl Poole Ball // Initial Recording Date: 14th December 1979 // Recording Venue: Quadrafonic Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 1-11340:  Cold Lonesome Morning / The Cowboy Who Started The Fight

Release Date         August 1980

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

Cold Lonesome Morning

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Earl Poole Ball // Initial Recording Date: 25th June 1980 // Recording Venue: Quadrafonic Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 23rd August 1980 / No of weeks: 8 / High position: 53

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The Cowboy Who Started The Fight

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Billy Joe Shaver // Producer: Earl Ball // Initial Recording Date: 14th May 1980 // Recording Venue: Quadrafonic Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 11-11399:  The Last Time / Rockabilly Blues       

Released Date    December 1980

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

The Last Time

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Kris Kristofferson // Producer: Earl Poole Ball // Initial Recording Date: 14th May 1980 // Recording Venue: Quadrafonic Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 29th November 1980 / No of weeks: 4 / High position: 85

Rockabilly Blues

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Earl Poole Ball // Initial Recording Date: 15th July 1980 // Recording Venue: Quadrafonic Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 11-11424:  Without Love / It Ain’t Nothing New Babe    

Released Date    January 1981

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

Without Love

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Nick Lowe // Producer: Nick Lowe // Initial Recording Date: Late December 1979 // Recording Venue: Lowe Studios, London.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 24th January 1981 / No of weeks: 5 / High position: 78

It Ain’t Nothing New Babe

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Billy Joe Shaver // Producer: Jack Clement // Initial Recording Date: 26th June 1980 // Recording Venue: JMI Recording Studios, Nashville.

 

A one-sided 12″ vinyl promo version of Without Love (AS 921) was also releases. The reverse surface of the vinyl is etched with the song title along with the signatures of Johnny Cash and Nick Lowe. The record was housed in a custom stickered die-cut sleeve so that the picture label would show through.

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Columbia 11-60516:  The Baron / I Will Dance With You    

Released Date    May 1981

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

The Baron

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Paul Richey & Jerry Taylor & Billy Sherrill // Producer: Billy Sherrill // Initial Recording Date: 5th September 1980 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios A, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 21st March 1981 / No of weeks: 15 / High position: 10

The song featured in the picture The Baron and the Kid.

A separate music video was also made, featuring Marty Stuart as ‘Billy Joe’. Watch the video here

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

I Will Dance With You

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Jack Routh // Producers: Johnny Cash & Charlie Bragg // Initial Recording Date: 5th September 1980 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios A, Nashville.

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Columbia 18-02189:  Mobile Bay / The Hard Way

Released Date    July 1981

Mobile Bay

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Curly Putman & David Kirby // Producer: Billy Sherrill // Initial Recording Date: 18th March 1981 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 25th July 1981 / No of weeks: 5 / High position: 60

The Hard Way

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Jerry L Lansdowne // Producer: Billy Sherrill // Initial Recording Date: 16th March 1981 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 18-02669:  The Reverend Mr. Black / Chattanooga City Limit Sign 

Released Date    December 1981

The Reverend Mr. Black

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Billy Edd Wheeler & J Peters // Producer: Billy Sherrill // Initial Recording Date: 16th March 1981 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 23rd January 1982 / No of weeks: 5 / High position: 71

Chattanooga City Limit Sign

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: D Brawdy // Producer: Billy Sherrill // Initial Recording Date: 18th March 1981 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 18-03058: Georgia On A Fast Train / Sing A Song             

Released Date    August 1982

Georgia On A Fast Train

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Billy Joe Shaver // Producer: Jack Clement // Initial Recording Date: 8th February 1982 // Recording Venue: JMI Recording Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 7th August 1982 / No of weeks: 8 / High position: 55

Sing A Song

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Tommy Cisco // Producer: Jack Clement // Initial Recording Date: 11th September 1981 // Recording Venue: JMI Recording Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 38-03317:  Fair Weather Friends / Ain’t Gonna Hobo No More 

Released Date    December 1982

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

Fair Weather Friends

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Johnny Cash & Joe Allen // Producer: Jack Clement // Initial Recording Date: 4th-5th February 1982 // Recording Venue: JMI Recording Studios, Nashville.

Ain’t Gonna Hobo No More

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Don Devaney // Producer: Jack Clement // Initial Recording Date: 28th January 1981 // Recording Venue: JMI Recording Studios, Nashville.

The song features a guitar break by Marty Stuart.

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Columbia 38-03524:  We Must Believe In Magic / I’ll Cross Over Jordan Someday              

Released Date    January 1983

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

We Must Believe In Magic

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Allen Reynolds & Bob McDill // Producer: Jack Clement // Initial Recording Date: 9th February 1982 // Recording Venue: JMI Recording Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 26th February 1983 / No of weeks: 15 / High position: 7

The song was originally recorded by Crystal Gayle in 1977.

I’ll Cross Over Jordan Someday

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Peck Chandler // Producer: Jack Clement // Initial Recording Date: 9th February 1982 // Recording Venue: JMI Recording Studios, Nashville.

This song was intended as a counterpart to ‘Far Side Banks Of Jordan.

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Columbia 38-04060:  I’m Ragged But I’m Right / Brand New Dance           

Release Date    September 1983

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

I’m Ragged But I’m Right

Artist: Johnny Cash // Arranger & adaptation by: Johnny Cash // Producer: Brian Ahern // Initial Recording Date: April 1983 // Recording Venue: Magnolia Studios, North Hollywood.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 24th September 1983 / No of weeks: 4 / High position: 75

Brand New Dance

Artists: Johnny Cash with June Carter // Composer: Paul Kennerley // Producer: Brian Ahern // Initial Recording Date: April 1983 // Recording Venue: Magnolia Studios, North Hollywood.

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Columbia 38-04227:  Johnny 99 / New Cut Road

Release Date      December 1983

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

Johnny 99

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Bruce Springsteen // Producer: Brian Ahern // Initial Recording Date: April 1983 // Recording Venue: Magnolia Studios, North Hollywood.

The background of the song is based on a real life incident, the closing in 1980 of a Ford Motor Company plant in Mahwah, which had been open since 1955. It’s about an auto worker who gets laid off and shoots and kills a night clerk while drunk and distraught. As a result, he is apprehended and is sentenced to 99 years in prison, but requests to be executed instead.

New Cut Road

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Guy Clark // Producer: Brian Ahern // Initial Recording Date: April 1983 // Recording Venue: Magnolia Studios, North Hollywood.

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Columbia 38-04428:  Joshua Gone Barbados / That’s The Truth  

Release Date      January 1984

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

Joshua Gone Barbados

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Eric Von Schmidt // Producer: Brian Ahern // Initial Recording Date: April 1983 // Recording Venue: Magnolia Studios, North Hollywood.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 12th May 1984 / No of weeks: 5 / High position: 84 

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That’s The Truth

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Paul Kennerley // Producer: Brian Ahern // Initial Recording Date: April 1983 // Recording Venue: Magnolia Studios, North Hollywood.

Here it here

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Columbia 38-04513:  The Chicken In Black / Battle Of Nashville  

Release Date         June 1984

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

The Chicken In Black

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Gary Gentry // Producer: Billy Sherrill // Initial Recording Date: 12th April 1984 // Recording Venue: Eleven-Eleven Sound Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 14th July 1984 / No of weeks: 11 / High position: 45

In the early 1980s, Cash felt that Columbia, was ignoring him and failing to promote his music properly. He decided to record a self-parodying novelty song so awful that it would force Columbia to cut his contract early.

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Battle Of Nashville

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Billy Sherrill // Initial Recording Date: 11th April 1984 // Recording Venue: Eleven-Eleven Sound Studios, Nashville.

As the main interest in this record was Cash’s reasons for releasing The Chicken In Black, this underrated track has largely been overlooked.

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Columbia 38-04740:  They Killed Him / The Three Bells   

Release Date      March 1985

They Killed Him

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Kris Kristofferson // Producer: Chips Moman // Initial Recording Date: 2nd October 1984 // Recording Venue: Moman Studios, Nashville.

The Three Bells

Artists: Johnny Cash with The Carter Family // Composers: Bert Reisfeld & Jean Villard Gilles // Producer: Chips Moman // Initial Recording Date: 1984 // Recording Venue: Moman Studios, Nashville.

This song had been a Number 1 hit for The Browns in 1959.

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Columbia 38-04860: Crazy Old Soldier / It Ain’t Gonna Worry My Mind

Release Date      May 1985

Crazy Old Soldier

Artists: Ray Charles with Johnny Cash // Composers: Paul Kennerley & Troy Seals // Producer: Billy Sherrill // Initial Recording Date: 22nd February 1884 // Recording Venue: Eleven-Eleven Sound Studios, Nashville.

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b/w –  It Ain’t Gonna Worry My Mind by Ray Charles

Johnny Cash does not feature on this track

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Columbia 38-04881:  Highwayman / The Human Condition          

Release Date      May 1985

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

Highwayman

Artists: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson // Composer: Jimmy Webb // Producer: Chips Moman // Initial Recording Date: Late 1984 // Recording Venue: Moman Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 18th May 1985 / No of weeks: 20 / High position: 1

“Highwayman” is a song about a soul with incarnations in four different places in time and history: as a highwayman, a sailor, a dam builder on the Hoover Dam, and finally as a captain of a starship.

It earned Jimmy Webb a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1985.

The Human Condition

Artists: Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson // Composer: James Cobb // Producer: Chips Moman // Initial Recording Date: 1984 // Recording Venue: Moman Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 38-05594: Desperados Waiting For A Train / The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over      

Released Date    August 1985

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

Desperados Waiting For A Train

Artists: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson // Composer: Guy Clark // Producer: Chips Moman // Initial Recording Date: Late 1984 // Recording Venue: Moman Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Weeks in Chart: 18 / High Position: 15

The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over

Artists: Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson // Composers: Steve Goodman & John Prine // Producer: Chips Moman // Initial Recording Date: Late 1984 // Recording Venue: Moman Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 38-05672I’m Leaving Now / Easy Street         

Release Date      January 1986

The promo release featured the same track on both sides.

I’m Leaving Now

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Chips Moman // Initial Recording Date: 11th July 1985 // Recording Venue: Moman Studios, Nashville.

Waylon Jennings provides vocal accompaniment

Easy Street

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Chips Moman & Bobby Emmons // Producer: Chips Moman // Initial Recording Date: 2nd October 1984 // Recording Venue: Moman Studios, Nashville.

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