I Walk the Line (1964 album)

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I Walk the Line
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released May 1964
Recorded June 13, 1963 - March 5, 1964
Label Columbia
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I Walk the Line is the nineteenth studio album by country and rock and roll singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1964. Half of the album, including its title track, are new versions of songs previously recorded by Cash at Sun Records and one for Columbia. The other half are new performances by Cash, two of which, "Bad News" and "Understand Your Man," would go on to become top ten singles on the Country & Western chart.

"I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Give My Love to Rose," "Hey Porter," "Wreck of the Old '97," and "Big River" are new recordings of songs that had been released as either album tracks or singles on Sun prior to Cash signing with Columbia. "I Still Miss Someone" is a new version of a song that had appeared on Cash's first Columbia LP, The Fabulous Johnny Cash.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1967.

Disregarding live albums, and the fact that cash would frequently include re-recordings on later albums, the next major attempt by Cash at a full "remakes album" would be Classic Cash: Hall of Fame Series, released by Mercury Records on 1988.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Walk the Line"   Cash 2:33
2. "Bad News"   John D. Loudermilk 2:56
3. "Folsom Prison Blues"   Cash 2:35
4. "Give My Love to Rose"   Cash 2:20
5. "Hey Porter"   Cash 2:19
6. "I Still Miss Someone"   Johnny Cash, Roy Cash 3:07
7. "Understand Your Man"   Cash 2:43
8. "Wreck of the Old '97"   Cash, Bob Johnson, Norman Blake 2:41
9. "Still In Town"   Harlan Howard, Hank Cochran 2:36
10. "Big River"   Cash 2:17
11. "Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye"   Gene Autry, Johnny Marvin 2:24
12. "Troublesome Waters"   Maybelle Carter, Dixie Dean 3:48
Total length:


Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Produced by: Don Law and Frank Jones
  • Cover Photo by: Lee Friedlander


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1964 Country Albums 1
1964 Pop Albums 53

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1964 "Understand Your Man" Country Singles 1
1964 "Understand Your Man" Pop Singles 35
1964 "Bad News" Country Singles 8

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