Some of Johnny Cash's greatest hits include "I Walk the Line," "There You Go," "Ballad of a Teenage Queen," "Guess Things Happen That Way" and "Folsom Prison Blues." Cash also sang the popular hits "Ring of Fire" and "A Boy Named Sue."Continue Reading
"I Walk the Line," written in Gladewater, Texas, in 1956, was Cash's first hit song for Sun Records. Written for his first wife, Vivian Liberto, it appeared on the album "With His Hot and Blue Guitar." The song's appeal earned Cash a spot in both the Grammy Song Hall of Fame as well as the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
"Folsom Prison Blues" appeared for the first time in 1956 as Cash's third single for Sun Records. A more famous version of the song came out 12 years later when Cash re-recorded it live at his famous Folsom Prison concert for Columbia records.
"Ring of Fire" hitt No. 1 on the charts in 1963. Cash's future wife, June Carter, wrote the song along with songwriter Merle Kilgore. This song opened with Mariachi-style horns, making it an unusual hit for country music as well as a departure from Cash's previous style. Another unusual Cash hit was "A Boy Named Sue," which the poet Shel Silverstein wrote.Learn more about Art & Literature