Man in Black (album)

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Man in Black
A black-and-white photograph of Cash standing onstage
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released May 1971 (1971-05)
Recorded 1971
Genre Country
Length 28:45
Language English
Label Columbia
Producer Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash chronology
Little Fauss and Big Halsy
(1971)
Man in Black
(1971)
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Man in Black is the 38th overall album by country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1971. Many of the songs on the album contain political references, either broad or specific, while the title song refers both to Cash's tendency to wear black at live shows and to the tumultuous times in which the song was created, implying the Vietnam War. The album's name also eventually became Cash's informal nickname, given to him by the public. Two tracks—"Man in Black" and "Singin' in Vietnam Talkin' Blues"—were released as singles, the former becoming very successful and peaking at No. 3 on the Country charts; the first track features Billy Graham.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Preacher Said Jesus Said" (Cash) – 3:39
  2. "Orphan of the Road" (Dick Feller) – 3:36
  3. "You've Got a New Light Shining in Your Eyes" (Cash) – 2:05
  4. "If Not for Love" (Glenn D. Tubb, Larry Lee) – 3:06
  5. "Man in Black" (Cash) – 2:52
  6. "Singin' in Vietnam Talkin' Blues" (Cash) – 2:58
  7. "Ned Kelly" (Cash) – 2:19
  8. "Look for Me" (Glen Sherley, Harlan Sanders) – 2:21
  9. "Dear Mrs." (Cash, Andrew J. Arnette) – 3:46
  10. "I Talk to Jesus Every Day" (Tubb) – 2:03

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1971 Country Albums 1
1971 Pop Albums 56

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Man in Black" Country Singles 3
1971 "Man in Black" Pop Singles 58
1971 "Singin' in Vietnam Talkin' Blues" Country Singles 18