Big River (Johnny Cash song)

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"Big River"
Big river johnny cash.jpg
Single by Johnny Cash
from the album Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous
ReleasedMarch 1958
Songwriter(s)Johnny Cash
Producer(s)Sam Phillips, Jack Clement
Johnny Cash singles chronology
"Ballad of a Teenage Queen"
"Big River"
"Guess Things Happen That Way"

"Big River" is a song written and originally recorded by Johnny Cash. Released as a single by Sun Records in 1958, it went as high as #4 on the Billboard country music charts and stayed on the charts for 14 weeks.[1]


A verse omitted from the original recording was later performed during Johnny Cash's live performances.[2] A demo recording from the Sun sessions featuring the omitted verse also exists and has been released on numerous Sun compilations.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1958) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Wiki Music Guide". Archived from the original on 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  2. ^ Big River information
  3. ^ The SetList Program - Grateful Dead Setlists, Listener Experiences, and Statistics
  4. ^ "Secret Sisters cover". Retrieved 2011-01-28.

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