A Thing Called Love

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A Thing Called Love
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released April 1972
Recorded 1972
Length 28:37
Label Columbia
Producer Larry Butler
Johnny Cash chronology
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A Thing Called Love
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A Thing Called Love is the 39th overall album by country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1972 (see 1972 in music). The title song, written by Jerry Reed, was released successfully as a single (with "Daddy" as the B-side, as yet unavailable on CD), reaching No. 2 on the country charts; two more singles charted as well, while the album itself also reached No. 2 on the country album charts. "A Thing Called Love" was re-recorded by Cash for Classic Cash: Hall of Fame Series (1988), while "Tear Stained Letter" was reprised on American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002). The Canadian pressing of this album has a different version of "Kate" with altered lyrics.

Track listing[edit]

1."Kate"Marty Robbins2:22
2."Melva's Wine"Vincent Matthews2:55
3."A Thing Called Love"Jerry Reed Hubbard2:36
4."I Promise You"Johnny Cash2:58
5."Papa Was a Good Man"Hal Bynum2:38
6."Tear Stained Letter"Johnny Cash2:45
7."Mississippi Sand"Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash3:08
8."Daddy"Don Reid, Harold Reid2:54
9."Arkansas Lovin' Man"Red Lane2:51
10."The Miracle Man"Johnny Cash, Larry Lee3:30


  • Charlie Bragg & Lou Bradley – engineers


Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Country Albums 2
1972 Pop Albums 112

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Papa Was a Good Man" Country Singles 16
1971 "A Thing Called Love" Country Singles 2
1972 "Kate" Country Singles 2
1972 "Kate" Pop Singles 75


The title song was covered by Elvis Presley on his 1972 album He Touched Me.

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