It’s hard for me to even fathom the success Johnny Cash saw throughout his career.
By the time he passed away in 2003, I was only five-years-old, but I can vividly remember riding around with my grandparents as a kid, and them playing “A Boy Named Sue,” and “I Walk the Line” on repeat in their car, and I asked my grandpa who was singing those songs.
“That’s Johnny Cash, the best to ever do it.”
Needless to say, I had a decent idea of how big Johnny Cash was before my time, and looking back now, it’s genuinely mind-boggling how big of a hit making machine the Man in Black was.
Speaking of a hit making machine, his album Hello, I’m Johnny Cash, was sitting at number one on the country charts on this date back in 1970.
The title comes from his famous introduction at all of his shows, where he would casually introduce himself before melting people’s faces off with his kickass music.
The album was his 21st studio album, and his second to go certified Gold in the US, along with I Walk the Line.
Released on January 26, 1970, the record contained hits like his iconic duet with his wife June Carter “If I Were a Carpenter,” “Blistered,” and “See Ruby Fall,” with “If I Were a Carpenter” peaking at number two on the Hot Country Singles chart.
Nevertheless, the album was just another groundbreaking project that furthered Cash’s extensive Hall of Fame career.