John R "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003)


Country music legend Johnny Cash wrote and co-wrote several songs that were recorded by Southern Gospel artists. He also recorded many songs of faith over the course of his career.

Gospel Discography

1959 Hymns By Johnny Cash (Columbia Records/CL 1284/CS 8125): It Was Jesus; I Saw a Man; Are All The Children In; The Old Account; Lead Me Gently Home; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Snow In His Hair; Lead Me Father; I Call Him; These Things Shall Pass; He'll Be a Friend; God Will. (Re-issued in 2002 with a bonus track "It Was Jesus").

1962 Hymns From The Heart (Columbia Records/CL 1722/CS 8522): He'll Understand and Say Well Done; God Must Have My Fortune Laid Away; When I've Learned; I Got Shoes; Let the Lower Lights Be Burning; If We Never Meet Again; When I Take My Vacation in Heaven; When He Reached Down His Hand for Me; Taller Than Trees; I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone; My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real); These Hands.

1963 The Christmas Spirit (Columbia Records/CL 2117/CS 8917): The Christmas Spirit; I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day; Blue Christmas; The Gifts They Gave; Here Was A Man; Christmas As I Knew It; Silent Night; The Little Drummer Boy; Ringing The Bells For Jim; We Are The Shepherds; Who Kept The Sheep; The Ballad Of The Harp Weaver.

1969 The Holy Land (Columbia Records/KCS 9726): (This concept album features songs interspersed with spoken word segments recorded during a trip Cash and his wife June Carter Cash took to the Holy Land. Another note of significance is that these are the last recordings Cash made with guitarist Luther Perkins, an original member of his band, the Tennessee Two).

1972 The Johnny Cash Family Christmas (Columbia Records/KC 31754): Opening Dialogue; King Of Love; Dialogue; Jingle Bells; Dialogue; That Christmasy Feeling; Dialogue; My Merry Christmas Song; Dialogue; Merry Christmas Mary; Dialogue; Christmas Time's A-Comin'; Dialogue; Christmas With You; Christmas As I Knew It; Dialogue; When You're Twenty-One; Dialogue; An Old-Fashioned Tree; Dialogue; Silent Night.

1973 The Gospel Road (Columbia Records/KG 32253): (This double-disc release features a combination of spoken word and songs and is a soundtrack to the 1973 20th Century Fox film by the same title).

1975 Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories (Columbia Records/C 33087): Precious Memories; Rock of Ages; The Old Rugged Cross; Softly And Tenderly; In The Sweet By And By; Just As I Am; Farther Along; When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder; Amazing Grace; At The Cross; Have Thine Own Way Lord.

1979 A Believer Sings The Truth (Cachet Records/CL3-9001): Wings In The Morning; Gospel Boogie (A Wonderful Time Up There); Over The Next Hill (with Anita Carter); He's Alive (with June Carter Cash); I've Got Jesus In My Soul; When He Comes (with Rosanne Cash); I Was There When It Happened (with Marshall Grant); I'm A Newborn Man (with John Carter Cash); There Are Strange Things Happening Every Day; Children Go Where I Send Thee; (I'm Just An) Old Chunk Of Coal; Lay Me Down In Dixie (with Cindy Cash); Don't Take Everybody For Your Friend; You'll Get Yours And I'll Get Mine; Oh Come Angel Band; This Train Is Bound For Glory (with June Carter Cash); I'm Gonna Try To Be That Way (with Jan Howard); What On Earth (Will You Do For Heaven's Sake); That's Enough; The Greatest Cowboy Of Them All (with Jack Routh). (Re-issued in 1982 on Columbia Records) (10 tracks from this album plus four outtakes from the same sessions were released on Arrival Records in 1984 with the title I Believe).

1980 Classic Christmas (Columbia Records/JC 36866): Joy To The World; Away In A Manger; O Little Town Of Bethlehem; Silent Night, Holy Night; It Came Upon The Midnight Clear; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day; O Come All Ye Faithful; Little Gray Donkey; The Christmas Guest.

1986 Believe In Him (Word Records/7-01-000434-X): Believe In Him; Another Wide River To Cross (with the Cathedral Quartet); God Ain't No Stained Glass Window; Over There (with the Cathedral Quartet); The Old Rugged Cross (with Jessi Colter); My Children Walk In Truth (with the Cathedral Quartet); You're Driftin' Away (with the Cathedral Quartet); Belshazzar; Half A Mile A Day (with the Cathedral Quartet); One Of These Days I'm Gonna Sit Down And Talk To Paul (with the Cathedral Quartet). (This album was recorded in 1982 with plans for a release on Priority Records, but the label's owner CBS shut the label down. The album was eventually released by Christian label Word Records. Re-issued in 2012 as Bootleg Vol 4: The Soul of Truth in a different song sequence plus four outtakes.)

1991 Country Christmas (Laserlight Digital/): (The initial release contained 15 tracks, but a subsequent re-issue removed "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas," possibly to avoid paying copyright royalties given that most of the other songs were in the public domain. A later re-issue oddly added live performances of "Ring Of Fire" and "Walk The Line" to the 13 tracks despite neither song having any references to Christmas).

2003/4 My Mother's Hymn Book (American Recordings/B0002362-02): Where We'll Never Grow Old; I Shall Not Be Moved; I Am A Pilgrim; Do Lord; When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder; If We Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven; I'll Fly Away; Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies; Let The Lower Lights Be Burning; When He Reached Down His Hand For Me; In The Sweet By And By; I'm Bound For The Promised Land; In The Garden; Softly And Tenderly; Just As I Am. (Initially released two months after Cash's death in 2003 as part of the 5-disc Unearthed box set, My Mother's Hymn Book was re-issued as a standalone album in 2004).

Songwriter's Résumé

(Partial List)

Fair Weather Friends
Over The Next Hill
When He Comes

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