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Album: Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue GuitarReleased: 1956Charted:
One of his most famous songs, this song details Johnny Cash's values and lifestyle. It is a promise to remain faithful to his first wife, Vivian, while he is on the road.
"Walk The Line" was the title of the 2005 Cash biopic, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. (thanks, Andy - Arlington, VA)
Carl Perkins suggested the title "I Walk The Line" while on tour with Cash. (thanks, Anthony - Swansea, Wales)
Levi's used this in television commercials. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
While performing the song on his TV show Cash admitted that his eerie hum at the beginning of each verse was to get his pitch. The song required Cash to change keys several times while singing it.
Recorded in April 1956, Cash's first #1 was sped up at the urging of Sun Studios owners Sam Phillips. Jack Clements, who worked with Cash, recalled to Uncut magazine April 2012: "I wasn't impressed with Cash at first, because I like recordings with class… And Cash seemed rough, but 'I Walk The line' was a class recording."
contestant Craig Wayne Boyd reached #84 on the Hot 100 following a November 24, 2014 performance of the song
on the show where he reinterpreted it as a slow, soulful ballad. It was the tune's first appearance on the chart since Jaye P. Morgan's cover reached #66 in 1960.