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John R. Cash is the 51st overall album by country singer Johnny Cash, released in 1975 on Columbia Records. It consists mostly of covers of other musicians' songs. The first track on the album, a song titled "My Old Kentucky Home", is not the state song of Kentucky, but a composition by Randy Newman which had been previously recorded by the Osborne Brothers in 1970 and Three Dog Night in 1972; Cash's version, like that of the Osborne Brothers five years previous, was released as the second single from the album, though the previously issued single "The Lady Came from Baltimore" had achieved greater success on the charts, reaching #14. The Cash original "Lonesome to the Bone" had previously appeared on Ragged Old Flag (1974) and would make one more appearance on Silver (1979).

John R. Cash
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1975
ProducerGary Klein
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Singles from John R. Cash
  1. "The Lady Came from Baltimore"
    Released: September 1974
  2. "My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine and Dandelion Wine)"
    Released: March 1975

Cash himself disliked John R. Cash, criticizing both the album, and its production process, in his 1997 autobiography, Cash: The Autobiography. He claimed the release was "[the CBS bosses'] idea of an album to restore [Cash's] sales potential", mentioning that the instrumental tracks were recorded separately from the vocals, a standard practice Cash didn't usually follow himself. In addition, this was the first Johnny Cash album on which his regular backing group, The Tennessee Three did not participate; instead, producer Gary Klein recruited a number of session musicians including members of Elvis Presley's TCB Band concert backing group, including guitarist James Burton, pianist Larry Muhoberac and drummer Ron Tutt.

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Track listingEdit

1."My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine and Dandelion Wine)"Randy Newman2:49
2."Hard Times Comin'"Jack Wesley Routh2:40
3."The Lady Came from Baltimore"Tim Hardin2:43
4."Lonesome to the Bone"Johnny Cash2:34
5."The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"Robbie Robertson3:25
6."Clean Your Own Tables"Chip Taylor3:36
7."Jesus Was Our Saviour and Cotton Was Our King"Billy Joe Shaver2:46
8."Reason to Believe"Tim Hardin2:08
9."Cocaine Carolina" (with David Allan Coe)David Allan Coe2:38
10."Smokey Factory Blues"Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood3:18


Additional personnelEdit

  • Produced by Gary Klein
  • Arranged by Nick DeCaro
  • Mixed by Al Schmitt
  • Cover design: Bill Barnes and Julie Holiner
  • Cover photo: Al Clayton
  • Flyleaf photo: Emerson-Loew


Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "The Lady Came from Baltimore" Country Singles 14
1975 "My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine and Dandelion Wine)" Country Singles 42

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