The Fabulous Johnny Cash

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The Fabulous Johnny Cash
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released Original: November 3, 1958
Re-issued: March 19, 2002
Recorded July 24 - August 13, 1958
Length Original: 28:28
Re-issue: 41:22
Label Columbia
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The Fabulous Johnny Cash is the third studio album by American country singer, Johnny Cash. It was released on November 3, 1958 by Columbia Records, long after Cash's departure from Sun Records, and was re-issued in 2002 by Sony Music's Legacy imprint. The re-issue contains six bonus tracks and unedited versions of the songs. Legacy Records reissued the album in 180 gram vinyl for Record Store Day in November 23, 2012.[1]

The album features five tracks written by Cash and backing vocal performances by The Jordanaires (who at this time were also regulars on Elvis Presley's recording sessions for RCA Records). Overall, even though the album is only 29 minutes in length, it is considered one of Cash's most cohesive pieces. This is largely because his sessions with Columbia were completed over a two-month period. That is greatly reduced when compared to the year by year sessions by Sun Records.[2] The Fabulous Johnny Cash was a successful debut on Columbia for Cash as it sold over half a million copies during its initial release.[3] The album was recorded simultaneously with Hymns by Johnny Cash, released in 1959.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Run Softly, Blue River" Johnny Cash 2:22
2. "Frankie's Man, Johnny" Cash 2:15
3. "That's All Over" Dick Glasser 1:52
4. "The Troubadour" Cindy Walker 2:15
5. "One More Ride" Bob Nolan 1:59
6. "That's Enough" Dorothy Coates 2:41
7. "I Still Miss Someone" Cash, Roy Cash 2:34
8. "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" Cash 3:03
9. "I'd Rather Die Young" Beasley Smith, Billy Vaughn, Randy Wood 2:29
10. "Pickin' Time" Cash 1:58
11. "Shepherd of My Heart" Jenny Lou Carson 2:10
12. "Suppertime" Ira Stanphill 2:50
Total length: 28:28

∗ This song was re-recorded as "You Dreamer You" in a different arrangement and released as a single in 1959 (US Country #15), also found as a bonus track on his 1959 album Songs of Our Soil.
∗∗ These songs remained unissued in the U.S. until 2002



Additional personnel

  • Al Quaglieri - Producer
  • Don Law - Producer
  • Billy Altman - Liner Notes
  • Don Hunstein - Photography
  • Seth Foster - Mastering
  • Mark Wilder - Mastering, Mixing
  • Hal Adams - Cover Photo
  • Stacey Boyle - Tape Research
  • Kay Smith - Tape Research
  • Matt Kelly - Tape Research
  • Geoff Gillette - Sleeve Design
  • Steven Berkowitz - A&R
  • Darren Salmieri - A&R
  • Patti Matheny - A&R
  • Howard Fritzson - Art Direction
  • Nick Shaffran - Series Consultant


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1958 Pop Albums 19

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1959 "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" Country Singles 1
1959 "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" Pop Singles 32
1959 "Frankie's Man, Johnny" Country Singles 9
1959 "Frankie's Man, Johnny" Pop Singles 57


  1. ^ "Johnny Cash - Fabulous Johnny Cash". Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Johnny Cash". Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
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