100 Songs of Summer #47 “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash

Ring of Fire
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If you haven’t noticed, it’s hot outside in the Hamptons. It’s really, really hot. So, let’s play along on the Top 100 Songs of Summer! No one wants to wear black in this weather, but The Man in Black is a musician for all seasons. Care to guess what song this heat has inspired?

Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #47

“Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash

One of the all-time greatest and best-known country classics, “Ring of Fire” was made popular by Johnny Cash, but the song was first recorded by his sister in-law Anita Carter (sister of Cash’s wife June Carter Cash) on her 1963 record Folk Songs Old and New. Cash put the single on his 1963 album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash. Even then it seemed the country legend knew this song would be a hit.

“Ring of Fire” was the biggest tune of Cash’s career and stayed at number one on the charts for seven weeks. It has since been recorded by numerous artists, has appeared in films, commercials and television shows, and is on playlists of fans from every musical genre and all walks of life. The song has sold some 1.2 million digital downloads and it’s probably been stolen a heck of a lot more (the way J.C. would like it). It’s fun to sing, easy to learn and perfect for summer.

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