Happy New Year

Happy new year everyone! Here’s a little summary of what’s happened in 2014 on unofficialJohnnyCash!

This was the year that UnofficialJohnnyCash went from a stand-alone website, and joined WordPress. The transfer started in August, and there are still some things waiting to be published.

The most popular site of 2014 was, not surprisingly, our Chord-site. It has had about 12 500 views! And the most popular chord wasn’t either a surprise, being Folsom Prison Blues, with 740 views.

What is a bit surprising is that the award-section is the fifth most popular page this year. Interesting, and makes me wanna do more to this page.

Hope you all find the site interesting and to your satisfaction! Let me know if otherwise, and please also let me know if you’re happy! I’m thankful for all the lovely comments, tweets, mails, and more from you.

Have a good 2015 everybody!

Dark as a Dungeon – facts

Dark as a Dungeon is one of my personal favourites from Johnny Cash. And the story around the song is also quite interesting.

The song is not an original Johnny Cash, but was written by Merle Travis. But it was first when Cash performed it in 1968 that it became famous. The song was performed January 13, 1968 – and that’s not just any other day. This is the day of the world-famous prison concert at Folsom!

During the performance in Folsom Prison, one of the prisoners started laughing during the song, and Cash replied with a chuckle. Cash had to tell him “No laughing during the song, please”, whereas the prisoner yelled “hell” back to him. “I know hell” answered Cash.

After the song was finished, Cash commented on the dialog with the prisoner. And this is a comment which is one of the most famous Cash-quotes, used in for example “Walk the Line” with Joaquin Phoenix. And it goes like this:

I just wanted to tell you that this show is being recorded for an album released on Columbia Records, so you can’t say ‘hell’ or ‘shit’ or anything like that

Want the chords to “Dark as a Dungeon”? You’ll find it here: Chords

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New addition – “No, no, no”

The newest addition to the chord-section; “No, No, No“.

This song is featured on the “Carryin’ on with Johnny Cash and June Carter”, released in August 1967. It’s a short song, and the recorded version is only 1:52 – however Cash has many songs in that category.

And “No, No, No” is also written by Johnny Cash himself.

Fun fact regarding the album: Only seven months after the album was released, John and June got married!

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Johnny Cash – A great artist!

Johnny Cash passed away in 2003, but is still with us through the music he left behind. -And what great music it is!

In the biography here you can read about Cash’s life, career and more. And here’s a line from the section including his passing:

A great artist through almost 50 years is no longer with us in person, but his spirit lives on in all the songs he has written and the countless songs made famous by him.

Let’s enjoy the music, and enjoy the weekend!

Want to play some Johnny Cash on your guitar? You’ll find a lot of chords here.

IMG_6502.JPGTime magazine’s tribute to Johnny Cash when he passed away.

5.000 views and some new lyrics

Good evening everyone!

Today we rounded 5.000 views, and that’s just after a good couple of weeks on WordPress. Thanks to all of you visiting.

There are still material from the old website waiting to be published here. Today another 20 lyrics got published, and we reckon to do so through the next days as well.

Hope you enjoy the site, and don’t hesitate to give a reply.

(Ghost) Riders in the sky – Popular chord!

The last days there’s been one chord which has reached top three on the visit-counter: (Ghost) Riders in the sky!

This is a song Johnny Cash made a cover version of. The original song was written by Stan Jones in 1948, and has been recorded by at least 50 artists. Among my personal favourites (in addition to Johnny Cash of course) is the version performed by the Blues Brothers in the movie “Blues Brothers 2000”.

It has been said that Stan Jones wrote the song based on a story he heard as a kid. -Scary story for a kid..?

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Popular right now: Don’t take you guns to town

The chords to “Don’t take your guns to town” is the most visited page right now.

The single was released in December, 1958, and went straight to the top on US Billboards Hot Country Singles. The single actually stayed on top of the billboard for 6 weeks, and also made a respectable 32nd place on the Pop-charts.

Johnny Cash wrote the song himself, and as far as we know has the song only been covered by U2 (on the album Elevation).

Enjoy the chords!

Popular chord right now: Love’s been good to me

Right now one of the most viewed chords are for the song Love’s been good to me.

Originally, this song was written by Rod McKuen. -One of the best-selling poets in America in the late ’60s. The song was first made popular by Frank Sinatra, when he made an album dedicated to McKuen-texts.

Johnny Cash recorded this song in 2003, and it was released in 2006 on the album American V: A Hundred Highways. The album-name reflects one of the lyric-lines in Love’s Been Good to me;

“I have been a rover. I have walked alone. Hiked a hundred highways. Never found a home”

Enjoy the chords!

Lyrics on the way!

With the chords successfully transferred to this new site, we’ve started with the lyrics!

Check out the lyric-page here. -Keep checking in, ’cause there be a lot of new lyrics published during the next couple of days!

So far 14 lyrics are published. Another couple hundred are in the works! See for example A Boy Named Sue.

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