Columbia 4-41251:   All Over Again / What Do I Care         

Released Date    15th September 1958

This was Johnny Cash’s first single on the Columbia label. At the time of its release, it was competing with 3 other Cash songs that had been recorded by Sun.

Both sides win Citation Of Achievement Awards from the BMI and also a Columbia Gold Guitar Award.

All Over Again

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 8th August 1958 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 20th October 1958 / No of weeks: 18 / High position: 4 // US Pop Charts: Charted: 6th October 1958 / No of weeks: 11 / High position: 38

What Do I Care

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 24th July 1958 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 13th October 1958 / No of weeks: 15 / High position: 7 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 20th October 1958 / No of weeks 8 / High position 52 // Most played C&W by Jockeys Chart – Charted:13th October 1958 / No of weeks: 1 / High position: 11

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Columbia 4-41313:  Don’t Take Your Guns To Town / I Still Miss Someone 

Released Dated    22nd December 1958

Don’t Take Your Guns To Town

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 13th August 1958 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted:19th January 1959 / No of weeks: 20 / High position: 1 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 19th January 1959 / No of weeks: 12 / High position: 32

The song tells the story of a young cowboy who, ignoring the advice from his mother, gets into a gunfight at a saloon and is killed.

Cash won a BMI Citation of Achievement Award for the song.

Members of the Western Writers of America chose the song as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

The song was knocked off the No 1 spot by Johnny Horton’s ‘When its Springtime in Alaska’.

I Still Miss Someone

Artist: Johnny Cash / Composers: Johnny Cash & Roy Cash Jr / Producers: Don Law / Initial Recording Date: 13th August 1958 / Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Johnny Cash wrote the song with his nephew, Roy Cash Jr., but on the variant label, only Johnny Cash is credited.

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Columbia 4-41371: Frankie’s Man, Johnny / You Dreamer You   

Released Dated    30th March 1959

Frankie’s Man, Johnny

Artist: Johnny Cash // Arranger: Johnny Cash // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 8th August 1958 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 4th May 1959 / No of weeks: 11 / High position: 9 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 27th April 1959 / No of weeks: 7 / High position: 57  

You Dreamer You

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 12th March 1959 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 11th May 1959 / No of weeks: 11 / High position: 13

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Columbia 4-41427: I Got Stripes / Five Feet High And Rising            

Released Dated    29th June 1959

This record was also released as part of Columbia’s ‘Stereo 7’ series on 7th September 1959 (S7-30427). This was a 33-1/3 rpm stereo version from the same recording session as (4-41427) but with different mastering. 

I Got Stripes

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Johnny Cash and Charlie Williams // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 12th March 1959 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville,

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 10th August 1959 / No of weeks: 20 / High position: 4 // Pop Charts – Charted: 3rd August 1959 / No of weeks: 11 / High position: 43

It is generally recognised that the song was taken from Leadbelly’s ‘On A Monday’.

Cash won a Citation Of Achievement Award from the BMI and also a Columbia Gold Guitar Award for the song.

Five Feet High And Rising

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 12th March 1959 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville,

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 24th August 1959 / No of weeks: 9 / High position: 14 // Pop Charts – Charted: 24th August 1959 / No of weeks: 3 / High position: 76

The song was based on a true event during the Mississippi flood of 1937-38 when Cash’s family were relocated to Pine Bluff.

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Columbia 4-41481:  The Little Drummer Boy / I’ll Remember You 

Released Date    10th October 1959

The Little Drummer Boy

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Katherine K Davis & Henry Onarat & Harry Simeone // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 14th August 1959 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted:4th January 1960 / No of weeks: 1 / High position: 24 // US Pop Charts: Charted: 21st December 1959 / No of weeks: 3 / High position: 63

I’ll Remember You

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 14th August 1959 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 4-41573:  Bandana / Wabash Blues        

Released Date    1st Feb 1960

Bandana

Artists: The Tennessee Two and Friend // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 25th October 1959 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Wabash Blues

Artists: The Tennessee Two and Friend // Composers: D Ringle & F Meinken // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 25th October 1959 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 4-41618:  Seasons Of My Heart / Smiling Bill McCall        

Released Date    14th March 1960

Seasons Of My Heart

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: George Jones & Darrell Edwards // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 17th February 1960 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 25th April 1960 / No of weeks: 15 / High position: 10

Smiling Bill McCall

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 15th February 1960 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 9th May 1960 / No of weeks 8 / High position 13 // US Pop Charts – High position: 110

In this song, Cash parodies his hillbilly roots. It is thought that the song was a veiled stab at Bill McCall, the owner of 4 Star Music Publishing who was renown for buying up copyrights cheaply from hillbillies who knew no better.

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Columbia 4-41707:  Honky Tonk Girl / Second Honeymoon              

Release Date    20th June 1960

Honky Tonk Girl

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Hank Thompson & B Gray // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date:17th February 1960 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: US Pop Charts – Charted: 25th July 1960 / No of weeks: 1 / High position: 92

Second Honeymoon

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Autry Inman // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 14th December 1959 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 22nd August 1960 / No of weeks: 7 / High position 15 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 4th July 1960 / No of weeks: 4 / High position: 79

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Columbia 4-41804:  Going To Memphis / Loading Coal      

Released Date    19th September 1960

Going To Memphis

Artist: Johnny Cash / Composer: Alan Lomax & Holly Dew (new words & music arr:Johnny Cash) // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 14th December 1959 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Loading Coal

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Merle Travis // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 15th February 1960 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 4-41920:  Locomotive Man / Girl In Saskatoon   

Released Date    23rd December 1960

A 33rpm version was also pressed.

Locomotive Man

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 26th November 1960 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Girl In Saskatoon

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Johnny Cash & Johnny Horton // Producer: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 26th November 1960 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

From August 1960, Columbia released their singles simultaneously both on 45rpm and monaural 33rpm speeds. 

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Columbia 4-41926:  Blues For Two / Jeri And Nina’s Melody            

Released Date    23rd December 1960

A 33rpm version was also pressed.

Blues for Two

Artists: The Tennessee Two and Friend // Composer: Luther Perkins // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 26th November 1960 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Jeri and Nina’s Melody

Artists: The Tennessee Two and Friend // Composers: Luther Perkins & Marshall Grant // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 26th November 1960 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Jeri Lynn was Johnny Horton’s wife’s (Billie Jean) daughter by her first marriage and Yanina was a daughter by Johnny Horton. Following the tragic death of Johnny Horton this instrumental was composed, with the royalties from the song given to them.

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Columbia 4-41995:  The Rebel – Johnny Yuma / Forty Shades Of Green

Released Date    3rd April 1961

A 33rpm version was also pressed.

The Rebel – Johnny Yuma

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Richard Markowitz & Andrew Fenady // Producer: Don Law // Initial Recording Date: 14th August 1959 // Recording Venue: Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 12th June 1961 / No of weeks: 2 / High position: 24 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 29th May 1961 / No of weeks: 2 / High position: 108 

Forty Shades Of Green

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 24th February 1961 // Recording Venue: Radio Recorders, Hollywood.

It was written by Johnny Cash in 1959 while on a trip to Ireland.

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Columbia 4 42147:  Tennessee Flat Top Box / Tall Men

Released Date    6th October 1961

A 33rpm version was also pressed.

Tennessee Flat-Top Box

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 19th-20th July 1961 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Hollywood.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 18th December 1961 / No of weeks :14 / High position: 11 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 6th November 1961 / No of weeks: 7 / High position: 84

The song’s name refers to a steel stringed acoustic guitar. The song is a story of a little boy aspiring to be a country singer. He has no physical abilities, only his ability to play the guitar. Ultimately he disappears from the local scene, only to re-emerge on television, having fulfilled his dream.

Tall Men

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Ken Darby // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 27th-28th February 1961 // Recording Venue: Radio Recorders, Hollywood.

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Columbia 4-42301:  The Big Battle / When I’ve Learned     

Released Date    January 1962

The Big Battle

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 24th February 1961 // Recording Venue: Radio Recorders, Hollywood.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 31st March 1962 / No of weeks: 3 / High position: 24

When I’ve Learned

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Buddy Killen & Ray Baker & Delbert Wilson // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 27th-28th February 1961 // Recording Venue: Radio Recorders, Hollywood.

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Columbia 4-42425:  In the Jailhouse Now / A Little At A Time          

Released Date    4th May 1962

In The Jailhouse Now

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Jimmie Rodgers // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 12th February 1962 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studio A, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 14th July 1962 / No of weeks: 10 / High position: 8

The song is usually credited to Jimmie Rodgers. Cash used different lyrics.

The song was a number one hit for Webb Pierce seven years earlier.

A Little At A Time

Artist: Johnny Cash// Composers: Johnny Cash & Gordon Terry // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 19th-20th March 1962 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 4-42512:  Bonanza / Pick A Bale O’ Cotton 

Released Date    August 1962

Bonanza

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Jay Livingstone & Ray Evans // Producer: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 23rd-24th April 1962 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Hollywood

Chart History: US Pop Charts – Charted: 15th September 1962 / No of weeks: 1 / High position 94

The lyrics were re-written by Cash and Jerry Western.

Pick A Bale O’ Cotton

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producer: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 8th June 1962 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

This was adapted from the Leadbelly original.

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Columbia 4-42615:  (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley / Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)      

Released Date    1962

(There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley

Artists: Johnny Cash and the Carter Family // Composer: Thomas A Dorsey // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 30th-31st July 1962 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

This record had been a million selling single for Red Foley. Elvis also had success with the record.

Were You There

Artists: Johnny Cash and the Carter Family // Composer: Arrangement & adaptation – Johnny Cash // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 21st August 1962 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studio A, Nashville.

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Columbia 4-42665:  Busted / Send A Picture Of Mother     

Released Date    28th December 1962

Busted

Artist: Johnny Cash with the Carter Family // Composer: Harlan Howard // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 21st August 1962 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studio A, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 6th April 1963 / No of weeks: 3 / High position: 13

The song is about a dirt-poor farmer struggling to support his family. He even tries to ask his brother for assistance, but his brother was actually going to come to him for help. Finally, he admits he’s going to pack up his family and leave to find a better life.

Hear it here

Send A Picture Of Mother

Artists: Johnny Cash with the Carter Family // Composer: Johnny Cash // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 21st August 1962 / Recording Venue: Columbia Studio A, Nashville.

Hear it here

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Columbia 4-42788:  Ring Of Fire / I’d Still Be There             

Released Date    May 1963

Promotional copies of Ring Of Fire were also pressed on red vinyl.

The title of the b-side was mis-spelt on the picture sleeves

Ring Of Fire

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: June Carter & Merle Kilgore // Producer: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 25th March 1963 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 8th June 1963 / No of weeks: 26 : High position: 1 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 1st June 1963 / No of weeks: 13 / High position: 17

Anita Carter initially recorded the song. Cash promised that he would not record the song for several months to give Carter’s version to be a hit.

When Cash recorded the song he added Mexican trumpets.

I’d Still Be There

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Johnny Cash & Johnny Horton // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 25th March 1963 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

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Columbia 4-42880:  The Matador / Still In Town   

Released Date    24th September 1963

The Matador

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composer: Johnny Cash & June Carter // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 13th-14th June 1963 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.

Chart History: Billboard Country Charts – Charted: 9th November 1963 / No of weeks: 16 / High position: 2 // US Pop Charts – Charted: 26th October 1963 / No of weeks: 7 / High position: 44

Still In Town

Artist: Johnny Cash // Composers: Charles Cochran & Harlan Howard // Producers: Don Law & Frank Jones // Initial Recording Date: 13th-14th June 1963 // Recording Venue: Columbia Studios, Nashville.