Hymns by Johnny Cash

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Hymns by Johnny Cash
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released Original: May 1959
Re-issued: March 19, 2002
Recorded July 24, 1958 - March 13, 1959
Length Original: 26:40
Re-issue: 28:44
Label Columbia
Johnny Cash chronology
Hymns by Johnny Cash
Songs of Our Soil
(1959)Songs of Our Soil1959
Professional ratings
Review scores
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AllMusic 4/5 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]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "It Was Jesus" Johnny Cash 2:08
2. "I Saw a Man" Arthur Smith 2:36
3. "Are All the Children In" Craig Starrett 1:58
4. "The Old Account" Traditional; arranged by Johnny Cash 2:29
5. "Lead Me Gently Home" Will L. Thompson 2:04
6. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Traditional; arranged and adapted by Johnny Cash 1:56
7. "Snow in His Hair" Marshall Pack 2:24
8. "Lead Me Father" Johnny Cash 2:31
9. "I Call Him" Johnny Cash, Roy Cash 1:50
10. "These Things Shall Pass" Stuart Hamblen 2:20
11. "He'll Be a Friend" Johnny Cash 2:00
12. "God Will" John D. Loudermilk, Marijohn Wilkin 2:24
13. "It Was Jesus" (mono EP) (bonus track for 2002 re-issue) Johnny Cash 2:04



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