Discography Sun Records

Johnny Cash’s career at Sun Record Company

Sun Records

After being rejected by Sam Phillips a number of times, Cash and The Tennessee Two finally made a record for Sun Records in 1955. “Hey Porter” and “Cry, Cry, Cry” were his first recordings for Sam Phillips

 

Singles:

21.06.1955 – “Cry Cry Cry” and “Hey Porter”

15.12.1955 – “Folsom Prison Blues” and “So Doggone Lonesome”

01.05.1956 – “I Walk The Line” and “Get Rhytm”

21.11.1956 – “There You Go” and “Train of Love”

15.04.1957 – “Don’t Make Me Go” and “Next in Line”

10.08.1957 – “Home of The Blues” and “Give My Love to Rose”

01.12.1057 – “Ballad of A Teenage Queen” and “Big River”

20.05.1958 – “Guess Things Happen That Way” and “Come in Stranger”

 

In July, 1958, Cash left Sun Records, but Sun continued to release singles from his Sun recordings through the mid ‘60s.

 

11.08.1958 – “Ways of A Woman in Love” and You’re The Nearest Thing To Heaven”

12.11.1958 – “It’s Just About Time” and “I Just Thought You’d Like To Know”

15.02.1959 – “Thanks a Lot” and “Luther Played The Boogie”

02.06.1959 – “Katy Too” and “I Forgot to Remember to Forget”

15.09.1959 – “Goodbye Little Darlin” and You Tell Me”

31.12.1959 – “Straight A’s In Love” and “I Love You Because”

14.06.1960 – “Down The Street to 301” and “Story of Broken Heart”

25.10.1960 – “Mean Eyed Cat” and Port of Lonely Hearts”

10.12.1960 – “Oh Lonesome Me” and “Life Goes On”

26.05.1961 – “Sugartime” and “My Treasure”

27.04.1962 – “Blue Train” and “Born to Lose”

01.05.1964 – “Wide Open Road” and “Belshazzar”

 

LPs:

Johnny Cash was the first Sun artist to release an LP.

 

1957: Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar (Sun LP-1220)

1958: Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous (Sun LP-1235)

1959: Greatest! (Sun LP-1240)

1960: Sings Hank Williams (Sun LP-1245)

1961: Now Here’s Johnny Cash (Sun LP-1255)

1962: All Aboard The Blue Train (Sun LP-1270)

1964: The Original Sound of Johnny Cash (Sun LP-1275)

1969: Get Rhytm

1969: Original Golden Hits, Volume I (Sun LP-100)

1969: Story Songs of The Trains And Rivers

1970: Showtime

1970: The Singing Storyteller (Sun LP-115)

1970: Original Golden Hits, Volume II (Sun LP-101)

1970: Johnny Cash: The Legend

1970: The Rough Cut King of Country Music (Sun 122)

1970: Sunday Down South (Sun LP-119)

1971: Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music

1971: Original Golden Hits, Volume III (Sun LP-127)

 

Demo sessions

For the very interested Johnny Cash fan, here’s a list of recording sessions that led to the albums listed above. The sessions took place between 1954 and 1958 (when he left Sun). When a song is marked with “master” it indicates that this take of the song was used for singles or albums.

 

Demo Session, Probably Late 1954

1.”Wide Open Road” (Demo) – 1:52

2.”You’re My Baby” (Demo) – 1:48

3.”My Treasure” (Demo) – 2:31

4.”My Treasure” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:17

 

Demo Session, March 22, 1955

1.”Folsom Prison Blues” (Demo) – 2:32

2.”Folsom Prison Blues” (Demo) – 2:32

3.”Wide Open Road” (Demo) – 2:36

4.”Wide Open Road” (Demo) – 2:28

5.”My Two Timin’ Woman” (Demo) – 1:59

6.”Hey Porter” (Demo) – 2:13

 

Studio Session, Probably May, 1955

1.”Hey Porter” (Master) – 2:14

2.”Cry, Cry, Cry” (Master) – 2:29

3.”Wide Open Road” (Master) – 2:30

 

Studio Sessions, 1955

1.”Port of Lonely Hearts” (Master) – 2:36

2.”I Couldn’t Keep from Crying” (Master) – 2:02

3.”New Mexico” (Master) – 2:07

 

Studio Session, July 30, 1955

1.”Folsom Prison Blues” (Master) – 2:50

2.”Luther Played the Boogie” (Master) – 2:05

3.”So Doggone Lonesome” (Master) – 2:38

4.”Mean Eyed Cat” (MasterM) – 2:30

 

Demo Session for KWEM, Probably Late 1955 – KWEM Radio Studio, West Memphis, Arkansas

1.”Rock ‘n’ Roll Ruby” (Demo) – 1:43

 

Studio Session, April 2, 1956

1.”I Walk the Line” (Outtake) – 2:41

2.”Brakeman’s Blues” (FS+Incomplete) – 1:02

3.”Get Rhythm” (Outtake, mike test) – 2:16

4.”Get Rhythm” (Outtake) – 2:16

5.”I Walk the Line” (Master) – 2:46

6.”Get Rhythm” (Master) – 2:15

7.”Train of Love” (Alternate) – 2:37

 

Studio Session, August 8, 1956

1.”Train of Love” (Outtake) – 2:20

2.”Train of Love” (Master) – 2:24

3.”There You Go” (Master) – 2:19

 

Studio Session, October 1, 1956

1.”One More Ride” (Incomplete) – 0:54

 

Studio Session, December 13, 1956

1.”I Love You Because” (Outtake) – 2:27

2.”Goodbye Little Darling” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:15

3.”Straight A’s in Love” (Undubbed Master) – 2:14

4.”I Love You Because” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:28

5.”Straight A’s in Love” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:15

 

Studio Session, April 4, 1957

1.”Don’t Make Me Go” (Outtake) – 2:45

2.”Don’t Make Me Go” (Outtakes) – 2:53

3.”Don’t Make Me Go” (Master) – 2:30

4.”Next in Line” (Master) – 2:47

 

Studio Session, July 1, 1957

1.”Home of the Blues” (Undubbed Master) – 3:01

2.”Give My Love to Rose” (Outtakes) – 3:12

3.”Give My Love to Rose” (Outtake) – 2:44

4.”Give My Love to Rose” (Master) – 2:46

5.”Home of the Blues” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:41

 

Studio Session, Summer 1957

1    “Rock Island Line” (Master) – 2:11

2.”Wreck of the Old ’97” (Master) – 1:48

3.”Belshazzar” (Master) – 2:27

 

Demo Session, August, 1957

1.”Country Boy” (Demo) – 1:49

2.”Leave That Junk Alone” (Demo) – 1:30

 

Studio Session, August 4, 1957

1.”Doin’ My Time” (Master) – 2:39

2.”Country Boy” (Master) – 1:53

3.”If the Good Lord’s Willing” (Master) – 1:44

4.”I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow” (Master) – 2:25

5.”I Was There When It Happened” (Outtake) – 2:18

6.”I Was There When It Happened” (Master) – 2:17

7.”Remember Me” (Master) – 2:48

 

Studio Session, November 12, 1957

1.”Big River” (Outtakes) – 3:46

2.”Big River” (Master) – 2:32

3.”Ballad of a Teenage Queen” (Undubbed Master) – 2:18

 

Overdub Session, November 22, 1957

1.”Goodnight Irene” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:41

2.”Ballad of a Teenage Queen” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:14

 

Studio Session, Unknown Date, 1957

1.”Come in Stranger” (Alternate) – 2:03

 

Studio Session, April 9, 1958

1.”Guess Things Happen That Way” (Undubbed Master) – 1:58

2.”Come in Stranger” (Master) – 1:43

3.”Oh Lonesome Me” (Undubbed Master) – 2:30

 

Overdub Session, May, 1958

1.”Guess Things Happen That Way” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:52

2.”Oh Lonesome Me” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:29

 

Studio Session, May 15, 1958

1.”Sugartime” (Undubbed Master) – 1:46

2.”Born to Lose” (Undubbed Master) – 2:10

3.”You’re the Nearest Thing to Heaven” (Undubbed Master) – 2:38

4.”You’re the Nearest Thing to Heaven” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:41

5.”Sugartime” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:46

6.”Born to Lose” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:11

 

Studio Session, May 15, 1958

1.”The Story of a Broken Heart” (Outtake) – 2:35

2.”The Story of a Broken Heart” (Outtake) – 2:32

3.”The Story of a Broken Heart” (Outtakes) – 1:39

4.”The Story of a Broken Heart” (Outtakes) – 2:05

5.”The Story of a Broken Heart” (Master) – 2:12

6.”Always Alone” (Outtakes) – 1:40

7.”Always Alone” (Outtake) – 1:13

8.”Always Alone” (Master) – 1:52

9.”You Tell Me” (Outtakes) – 0:34

10.”You Tell Me” (Master) – 1:20

11.”Life Goes On” (Master) – 2:01

 

Studio Session, May 15 1958

1.”You Win Again” (False Starts) – 0:33

2.”You Win Again” (Undubbed Master) – 2:17

3.”I Could Never Be Ashamed of You” (Undubbed Master) – 2:14

4.”Hey Good Lookin'” (Undubbed Master) – 1:43

5.”I Can’t Help It” (Undubbed Master) – 1:46

6.”Cold, Cold Heart” (Undubbed Master) – 2:20

7.”You Win Again” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:18

8.”I Could Never Be Ashamed of You” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:14

9.”Hey Good Lookin'” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:43

10.”I Can’t Help It” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:46

11.”Cold, Cold Heart” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:21

 

Studio Session, May 28, 1958

1.”Blue Train” (Master) – 2:02

2.”Katy Too” (Master) – 1:58

 

Studio Session, July 10, 1958

1.”The Ways of a Woman in Love” (Undubbed Master) – 2:28

2.”Fools Hall of Fame” (Outtake) – 2:25

3.”Fools Hall of Fame” (FS + Master) – 2:34

4.”Thanks a Lot” (Outtakes) – 3:10

5.”The Ways of a Woman in Love” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:17

6.”Thanks a Lot” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:38

 

Studio Session, July 17, 1958

1.”It’s Just About Time” (Undubbed Master) – 2:08

2.”I Just Thought You’d Like to Know” (Undubbed Master) – 2:23

3.”I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (Outtake) – 2:07

4.”I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (Outtake) – 2:10

5.”It’s Just About Time” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:10

6.”I Just Thought You’d Like to Know” (Overdubbed Master) – 2:25

7.”I Forgot to Remember to Forget” (Overdubbed Master) – 1:55

8.”Down the Street to 301″ (Overdubbed Master) – 2:03

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