The Ballad of Boot Hill

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1959 Columbia 45 EP picture sleeve, B-2155.
1959 EP 45, B-2155, released in Canada by Columbia Records.

The Ballad of Boot Hill is a 1959 song written by Carl Perkins which was recorded by Johnny Cash on Columbia Records.[1] The song was released in 1959 on a Columbia EP by Johnny Cash who also released the song on his 1965 LP album Sings the Ballads of the True West.[2][3] The song is about the 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral when three gunmen were killed by Doc Holliday.[4] "The Ballad of Boot Hill" appeared on the 1992 Columbia collection The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983, a career retrospective of Johnny Cash's most important releases.

Cover versions[edit]

"The Ballad of Boot Hill" was recorded in 1984 by country and western singer Johnny Western which appeared on his 1989 album Gunfight at the O.K. Corral on Bear Family Records.[5] In 2008, Mark van den Berg recorded the song for his collection Mark van den Berg Sings the Hits of Johnny Cash on the Continental Record Services label.

Album appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Sings the Ballads of the True West review by Cub Koda on
  2. ^ "The Ballad of Boot Hill" on Allmusic.
  3. ^ Johnny Cash: The Man. The Legend.
  4. ^ Danker, Frederick E. "The Repertory and Style of a Country Singer: Johnny Cash." The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 85, No. 338 (Oct.-Dec., 1972), pp. 309-329.
  5. ^ Gunfight at O.K. Corral album on