History YMMV / JohnnyCash

7th May '17 7:53:39 PM al90
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* HarsherInHindsight: Cash's many death-related songs took on new significance after his and June's own passing. Particular mention goes to "The Caretaker." Originally written and recorded in 1959, Cash revisited it during the ''American'' sessions, and that version was released on the ''Unearthed'' box set shortly after his death. The song was about a caretaker at a cemetery, but that chorus...

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* HarsherInHindsight: Cash's many death-related songs took on new significance after his and June's own passing. Particular mention goes to "The Caretaker." Caretaker," about a man who tends to a cemetery. Originally written and recorded in 1959, Cash revisited it during the ''American'' sessions, and that version was released on the ''Unearthed'' box set shortly after his death. The song was about a caretaker at a cemetery, but that chorus...
7th May '17 7:51:00 PM al90
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* HarsherInHindsight: Cash's many death-related songs took on new significance after his and June's own passing. Particular mention goes to "The Caretaker." Originally written and recorded in 1959, Cash revisited it during the ''American'' sessions, and that version was released on the ''Unearthed'' box set shortly after his death. The song was about a caretaker at a cemetery, but that chorus...
-->Who's gonna cry when old John dies?
3rd Apr '17 10:19:38 PM skidoo23
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*** Even Trent Reznor acknowledges that Cash's version was like "I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore..." after hearing it for the first time.

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*** Even Trent Reznor acknowledges that Cash's version was like "I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore..." after hearing it for the first time. Considering many consider "Hurt" (and its accompanying music video) to be one of Cash's masterworks and one of the best recordings of the 2000s decade, it's doubtful he has much reason to complain about this.



*** Actually, "Chicken in Black" isn't as bad as "Allegheny", a 1972 recording where June Carter Cash does her best Music/YokoOno impression, or the entirety of the 1975 album ''John R. Cash'' in which Cash was forced to abandon his traditional style and his usual musicians for an overproduced urban-country album backed by members of Elvis' Las Vegas band. At least on "Chicken in Black" Cash sounds like he's having fun, and a live recording exists on YouTube indicating audiences enjoyed the self-spoof as well.

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*** Actually, "Chicken in Black" isn't as bad as "Allegheny", a 1972 recording where June Carter Cash does her best Music/YokoOno impression, or the entirety of the 1975 album ''John R. Cash'' in which Cash was forced to abandon his traditional style and his usual musicians for an overproduced urban-country album backed by members of Elvis' Las Vegas band. At least on "Chicken in Black" Cash sounds like he's having fun, and a live recording exists on YouTube indicating audiences enjoyed the self-spoof as well. And to be honest, it's no less ridiculous than "A Boy Named Sue" or "One Piece at a Time", both comedy songs that were major hits for Cash.



** "25 Minutes to Go", which puts the listener in the shoes of someone counting down the minute before their execution.



** Lest we forget; "Man in Black" (though it never really took as a signature song and wasn't performed very often by the time the 80s rolled around).

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** Lest we forget; "Man in Black" (though it never really took as a signature song and wasn't performed very often by the time the 80s rolled around).around due in part to its dated lyrics referencing the Vietnam War).
16th Jan '17 8:53:18 PM Ezclee4050
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** "Delia's Gone" from the first ''American Recordings'' is the most famous version of the song today, covering up not only the [[http://singout.org/2014/02/24/delia-delias-gone-a-digital-compendium-1900-1992/ long history of a ballad that]] stretches back almost a century with stops in the Southern United States and the Bahamas, but Cash's own 1962 version of the song.
2nd Jan '17 9:26:41 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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*** Actually, "Chicken is Black" isn't as bad as "Allegheny", a 1972 recording where June Carter Cash does her best YokoOno impression, or the entirety of the 1975 album ''John R. Cash'' in which Cash was forced to abandon his traditional style and his usual musicians for an overproduced urban-country album backed by members of Elvis' Las Vegas band. At least on "Chicken in Black" Cash sounds like he's having fun, and a live recording exists on YouTube indicating audiences enjoyed the self-spoof as well.

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*** Actually, "Chicken is in Black" isn't as bad as "Allegheny", a 1972 recording where June Carter Cash does her best YokoOno Music/YokoOno impression, or the entirety of the 1975 album ''John R. Cash'' in which Cash was forced to abandon his traditional style and his usual musicians for an overproduced urban-country album backed by members of Elvis' Las Vegas band. At least on "Chicken in Black" Cash sounds like he's having fun, and a live recording exists on YouTube indicating audiences enjoyed the self-spoof as well.
15th Jun '16 2:37:03 PM Alkaline97
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* SignatureSong: Arguably it's "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Ring of Fire," or "Hurt".

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* SignatureSong: Arguably it's "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Ring of Fire," or "Hurt"."Hurt."
12th Apr '16 3:49:35 PM CastingCrowns
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** It was the shift to a tinny, scratchy "old-timey record" sound that made it so creepy- especially when the speaking stops and the scratching gets louder...
31st Mar '16 1:09:21 AM bt8257
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** Believe it or not, Cash didn't write "Ring of Fire" or "A Boy Named Sue." The latter's true writer (and the first person to record it) may come as a shock to some--it was none other than Creator/ShelSilverstein. And the co-writer of Ring of Fire? His future wife, June Carter. In fact, it's often alleged that Carter wrote the song about her relationship with Cash, as both were married to other people at that point. Cash's version is, however, still a cover as June's sister Anita Carter was the first to record it.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with "Tennessee Flat Top Box." Cash's version went to #11 in the sixties, and his daughter, Rosanne, took a cover to #1 in 1988. Rosanne honestly didn't know that her father wrote the song at the time she recorded it. Not only did it become one of her signature songs, she performed it during a concert TV special paying tribute to her father after he died.

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** Believe it or not, Cash didn't write "Ring of Fire" or "A Boy Named Sue." Sue". The latter's true writer (and the first person to record it) may come as a shock to some--it was none other than Creator/ShelSilverstein. And the co-writer of Ring of Fire? His future wife, June Carter. In fact, it's often alleged that Carter wrote the song about her relationship with Cash, as both were married to other people at that point. Cash's version is, however, still a cover as June's sister Anita Carter was the first to record it.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with "Tennessee Flat Top Box." Box". Cash's version went to #11 in the sixties, and his daughter, Rosanne, took a cover to #1 in 1988. Rosanne honestly didn't know that her father wrote the song at the time she recorded it. Not only did it become one of her signature songs, she performed it during a concert TV special paying tribute to her father after he died.



** His cover of the Music/NineInchNails song "Hurt," is also usually more recognized than the original, to the point where many books [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer have incorrectly attributed "Hurt" to Cash]] and believe his recording is [[NewerThanTheyThink far older than its 2002 release]]. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor wrote the song and recorded it in 1994. The confusion is mostly created by wrongheaded journalists who can't believe that [[SmallReferencePools Cash would record a song by an industrial band]], when such covers [[PlayingAgainstType were one of the main features]] of his ''American Recordings'' albums.

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** His cover of the Music/NineInchNails song "Hurt," "Hurt", is also usually more recognized than the original, to the point where many books [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer have incorrectly attributed "Hurt" to Cash]] and believe his recording is [[NewerThanTheyThink far older than its 2002 release]]. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor wrote the song and recorded it in 1994. The confusion is mostly created by wrongheaded journalists who can't believe that [[SmallReferencePools Cash would record a song by an industrial band]], when such covers [[PlayingAgainstType were one of the main features]] of his ''American Recordings'' albums.



* DorkAge: 1971-1994, the period between the end of ''The Johnny Cash Show'' and ''American Recordings''. Cash ''did'' release some grade A material during this period, but between various religious pursuits on one hand, and occasional relapses into substance abuse on the other, he wasn't always focused on music and the quality of his recordings became more erratic.

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* DorkAge: 1971-1994, 197194, the period between the end of ''The Johnny Cash Show'' and ''American Recordings''. Cash ''did'' release some grade A material during this period, but between various religious pursuits on one hand, and occasional relapses into substance abuse on the other, he wasn't always focused on music and the quality of his recordings became more erratic.
7th Oct '15 3:56:28 PM JackWhitehead
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* ArchivePanic: 54 studio albums, plus thirteen collaborative albums, eleven gospel albums, nine live albums, four Christmas albums, two soundtrack albums and dozens of guest appearances on other songs. Want to take the easy way out and get a GreatestHits album? There are 104. Go on, pick one.
27th Jun '15 7:48:17 PM toonman2
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** Lest we forget; "Man in Black".

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** Lest we forget; "Man in Black".Black" (though it never really took as a signature song and wasn't performed very often by the time the 80s rolled around).
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