Johnny Cash

John R. Cash (born J. R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), known as Johnny Cash, was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, gospel, and even alternative rock in later recordings. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Links to Peel

Peel played some of Johnny Cash's records on his shows and whilst living in America, saw him perform in Texas with Rusty & Doug (the Kershaw brothers).

Cash was one of the few country artists to have any credibility with pop and rock audiences, as one of the artists who had recorded for Sam Phillips' Sun Records in the 1950s (as did the young Elvis Presley) and as a friend of Bob Dylan, who admired him. He recorded Dylan's song "It Ain't Me Babe" and duetted with Dylan on "Girl From The North Country", on the Nashville Skyline LP, and also on his network TV show, when Dylan appeared as a guest. Despite this, Peel played little or no Johnny Cash material in his shows of the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1988, Peel played tracks from a compilation album of artists covering Johnny Cash's songs. He mentioned on his 16 August 1988 (Radio Bremen) show that Marc Riley asked him to sing on the Johnny Cash compilation album, but found the lyrics of singing for the song 'Five Feet High And Risin', as too fast. Instead, Tracey And Melissa Beehive of Voice Of The Beehive covered the track.

Shows Played

Johnny Cash - Five Feet High And Rising

Johnny Cash - Five Feet High And Rising

  • 05 January 1988: The Night Hank Williams Came To Town (2xLP - The Tape With No Name) New Musical Express
  • 16 August 1988:  Five Feet High And Rising
  • 25 March 2003: Five Feet High And Rising (7" - I Got Stripes) Columbia


(The list below was compiled only from the Cover Versions page of this site. Please add more information if known.)

Artist | Track | First Known Play

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