Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash
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Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash is the sixteenth album by singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1963 (see 1963 in music). This album collects tracks from singles and an EP released between 1959 and 1963, Cash’s first years on the Columbia label, and marked the first release of these tracks in LP format, with the exception of “I Still Miss Someone,” which had previously appeared on the 1958 album The Fabulous Johnny Cash. “Ring of Fire”, one of Cash’s most famous tracks, made its first LP appearance here. Ring of Fire was the first #1 album when Billboard debuted their Country Album Chart on January 11, 1964. Certified Gold on February 11, 1965 by the RIAA, it earned him his first Gold LP. It stands as the only Columbia “greatest hits” collection to be included in the Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection box set.

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1.“Ring of Fire”June Carter, Merle KilgoreSingle A-side (Apr. 1963)2:38
2.“I’d Still Be There”Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton“Ring of Fire” B-side (Apr. 1963)2:34
3.“What Do I Care”Cash“All Over Again” B-side (Sep. 1958)2:07
4.“I Still Miss Someone”Cash, Roy Cash“Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” B-side (Dec. 1958)2:35
5.“Forty Shades of Green”Cash“The Rebel – Johnny Yuma” B-side (Apr. 1961)2:54
6.“Were You There When They Crucified My Lord”Traditional, The Carter Family“Peace in the Valley” B-side (Oct. 1962)3:56
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1.“The Rebel – Johnny Yuma”Richard Markowitz, Andrew FenadyJohnny Cash Sings “The Rebel – Johnny Yuma” – EP (Oct. 1959)1:52
2.“Bonanza”Jay Livingston, Ray EvansSingle A-side (Aug. 1962)2:20
3.“The Big Battle”CashSingle A-side (Feb. 1962)4:03
4.“Remember the Alamo”Jane BowersJohnny Cash Sings “The Rebel – Johnny Yuma” – EP (Oct. 1959)2:50
5.“Tennessee Flat Top Box”CashSingle A-side (Sep. 1961)3:00
6.“Peace in the Valley”Thomas A. DorseySingle A-side (Oct. 1962)2:47

Personnel

  • Johnny Cash – Vocals, Guitar
  • Luther Perkins, Jack Clement, Norman Blake, Billy Strange, Johnny Western, Roy Nichols – Guitar
  • Marshall Grant, Buddy Clark – Bass
  • Buddy Harman, Morris Palmer, W. S. Holland, Irving Kluger, Michael Kazak – Drums
  • Bill Pursell, Marvin Hughes, James Wilson – Piano
  • Maybelle Carter – Autoharp
  • Karl Garvin, Bill McElhiney – Trumpet
  • Billy Latham – Banjo
  • Bob Johnston – Lute
  • Hubert Anderson – Vibraphone
  • The Carter Family, The Jack Halloran Singers, The Anita Kerr Singers – background vocals

Additional personnel

  • Produced By: Don Law and Frank Jones
  • Reissue Producer: Bob Irwin
  • Digitally Remastered for CD by: Vic Anesini, Sony Music Studios, NY
  • Cover Photo: Frank Bez
  • Liner Notes: Joe Goldberg

Charts

Album – Billboard (United States)

YearChartPosition
1963Country Albums1
1963Pop Albums26

Singles – Billboard (United States)

YearSingleChartPosition
1961“The Rebel – Johnny Yuma”Country Singles24
1961“Tennessee Flat Top Box”Country Singles11
1961“Tennessee Flat Top Box”Pop Singles84
1962“The Big Battle”Country Singles24
1962“Bonanza”Pop Singles94
1963“What Do I Care”Country Singles7
1963“What Do I Care”Pop Singles52
1963“Ring of Fire”Country Singles1
1963“Ring of Fire”Pop Singles17

  • LP Discography entry on Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash


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