Sociology Index

Johnny Cash

Although he was in many ways spiraling out of control, Cash could still deliver hits due to his frenetic creativity. His rendition of "Ring of Fire" was a crossover hit, reaching number one on the country charts and entering the top 20 on the pop charts. It was originally performed by June's sister, but the signature mariachi-style horn arrangement was provided by Cash.- Johnny Cash interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969). He said that it had come to him in a dream. Vivian Liberto claimed a different version of the origins of "Ring of Fire". In her book, I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, Liberto says that Cash gave Carter the credit for monetary reasons.- Liberto, I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, p. 294.

Well, my daddy left home when I was three, and he didn't leave much for ma and me, just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
Now I don't blame him 'cause he ran and hid, but the meanest thing that he ever did was before he left, he went and named me Sue.