Hymns by Johnny Cash

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Hymns by Johnny Cash
Studio album by
ReleasedOriginal: May 1959
Re-issued: March 19, 2002
RecordedJuly 24, 1958 - March 13, 1959
LengthOriginal: 26:40
Re-issue: 28:44
Johnny Cash chronology
Hymns by Johnny Cash
Songs of Our Soil
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]

Hymns by Johnny Cash was the fifth album and first gospel album of Johnny Cash. The album was produced in 1958 and was then officially released in 1959. An alternate version of the song "It was Jesus" was an added bonus track after the album was re-issued in 2002. Cash said he left Sun Records because Sam Phillips wouldn't let him record the gospel songs he'd grown up with. Columbia promised him to release an occasional gospel album; this was a success for him to record. The album was Cash’s first and most popular gospel album, and is an example of traditional hymns set to country gospel music. The album was recorded simultaneously with The Fabulous Johnny Cash.

Track listing[edit]

1."It Was Jesus"Johnny Cash2:08
2."I Saw a Man"Arthur Smith2:36
3."Are All the Children In"Craig Starrett1:58
4."The Old Account"Traditional; arranged by Johnny Cash2:29
5."Lead Me Gently Home"Will L. Thompson2:04
6."Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"Traditional; arranged and adapted by Johnny Cash1:56
7."Snow in His Hair"Marshall Pack2:24
8."Lead Me Father"Johnny Cash2:31
9."I Call Him"Johnny Cash, Roy Cash1:50
10."These Things Shall Pass"Stuart Hamblen2:20
11."He'll Be a Friend"Johnny Cash2:00
12."God Will"John D. Loudermilk, Marijohn Wilkin2:24
13."It Was Jesus" (mono EP) (bonus track for 2002 re-issue)Johnny Cash2:04



Additional personnel

  • Al Quaglieri - Producer
  • Don Law - Producer
  • Seth Foster - Mastering
  • Mark Wilder - Mastering, Mixing
  • Hal Adams - Photography
  • Don Hunstein - Photography
  • Stacey Boyle - Tape Research
  • Matt Kelly - Tape Research
  • Kay Smith - Tape Research
  • Steven Berkowitz - A&R
  • Darren Salmieri - A&R
  • Patti Matheny - A&R
  • Howard Fritzson - Art Direction
  • Randall Martin - Design
  • Nick Shaffran - Consultant
  • Johnny Whiteside - Liner Notes