To be honest, there could probably be an “on this date” article dedicated to Johnny Cash every single day. If you are like me, I would be more than okay with that.
On this particular day, 53 years ago, Johnny Cash’s 33rd album release Hello, I’m Johnny Cash was sitting at the very top of the country album charts. It even reached as high as number six on the pop charts.
The country album featured many classic Cash songs, but none were more famous than the duet that was included in the 12 song collection. Who did Cash duet with? His wife, June Carter Cash of course.
Their performance of “If I Were A Carpenter” was recognized at the 1971 GRAMMYs for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It counted towards 1 of the impressive 15 GRAMMY awards that Cash earned throughout his musical career, and the song itself reached as high as number two on the country singles chart.
A live performance of the famous duet between Husband and Wife can be seen below:
Though the duet garnered the most attention of the track list for Hello, I’m Johnny Cash, there were many other hits featured in the track list. The complete list of songs is below, but the other most notable tunes from the album were “To Beat The Devil” (Kris Kristofferson Cover), “See Ruby Fall,” and “Blistered.”
Johnny had a knack for taking other artist’s songs and making them sound like his own:
The complete track list for Hello, I’m Johnny Cash is below:
2. The Devil To Pay
3. ‘Cause I Love You
4. See Ruby Fall
5. Route #1, Box 144
6. Sing A Traveling Song
7. If I Were A Carpenter
8. To Beat The Devil
10. Wrinkled, Crinkled, Wadded Dollar Bill
11. I’ve Got A Thing About Trains
12. Jesus Was A Carpenter
It is one of those albums that you can just throw on and listen to front to back. If you’ve got some extra time today, I would highly recommend it.