Get Rhythm

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"Get Rhythm"
Side A of 1969 US single
Single by Johnny Cash
B-side"Hey Porter"[1]
ReleasedSeptember 1969
LabelSun 1103
Songwriter(s)Johnny Cash
Producer(s)Sam Phillips
Johnny Cash singles chronology
"A Boy Named Sue"
"Get Rhythm"

"Get Rhythm" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter and musician Johnny Cash. It was originally released as the B-side to the single release "I Walk the Line" in 1956 on Sun 241. It was re-released with overdubbed "live" effects in September 1969 as an A-side single and reached number 60 on the Billboard Pop chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Alice Randall in the book My Country Roots: The Ultimate MP3 Guide to America's Original Outsider Music asks the question, "racist, racialist, or race appreciating? You decide. Maybe the grinning "boy" hides something worth knowing in his mask as well as behind his mask. Well maybe he was white trash. "[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"Get Rhythm" was released in 1956 as the B-side to Cash's first #1 hit, "I Walk the Line." In 1969, the original recording of "Get Rhythm" was released as a single itself, with sound effects dubbed in to simulate the sound of a live recording.[1] This rerelease went to #23 on the country charts.

Chart (1969) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 23
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 60
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 59

Other versions[edit]

NRBQ first recorded Terry Adams' rock'n'roll arrangement of "Get Rhythm" on At Yankee Stadium (1978), and again on Grooves in Orbit (1982).

In 1986 British pub rock band Dr. Feelgood released a cover on their album Brilleaux.

Ry Cooder first recorded a cover version of Get Rhythm for his eleventh studio album entitled 'Get Rhythm', released in November 1987. It was also included on 'The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (October 2008)'

Martin Delray version[edit]

"Get Rhythm"
Single by Martin Delray
from the album Get Rhythm
B-side"The Very Thought of You"
Songwriter(s)Johnny Cash
Producer(s)Blake Mevis, Nelson Larkin
Martin Delray singles chronology
"Get Rhythm"
"Lillie's White Lies"

In 1991, Martin Delray recorded a cover of the song on his debut album, also entitled Get Rhythm. Released as his debut single, Delray's version featured guest vocals from Cash, as well as a guest appearance by him in the music video.[6] It peaked at #27 on the country charts.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 18
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 27


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Get Rhythm - AllMusic Retrieved 29 November 2015
  3. ^ Randall, Alice; Carter Little; Courtney Little (2006). My Country Roots: The Ultimate MP3 Guide to America's Original Outsider Music. Thomas Nelson, Inc. pp. 92. ISBN 1-59555-860-8.
  4. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ Vinopal, David. "Martin Delray Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1520." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 18, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  8. ^ "Martin Delray Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.