“T” For Texas – Johnny Cash (1MS#000010)


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“T” For Texas – Johnny Cash

“T” For Texas started life in 1927 when Jimmie Rodgers recorded it as Blue Yodel #1. When it was released the next year it became a phenomenal seller, reaching half a million in sales. It was covered extensively over the decades, by country artists like Merle Travis. blues artists Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon, and pop artists The Everly Brothers. In 1976 it was included on the Wanted! The Outlaws album, which was the first million-selling country album, and Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s live album, One More For The Road. Cash himself even recorded it in 1969 in a session with Bob Dylan.

For some reason, this version of the song (released posthumously on the Unearthed box set) has T in quotes (the only version to do so), which lets me include the song here, as well as other versions under Blue Yodel #1 and T For Texas.


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Written By: Jimmie Rodgers
Vocals: Johnny Cash
Producer: Rick Rubin
Record Label: American Recordings/Lost Highway


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Original Release: Johnny Cash – Unearthed
Original Release Date: 2003.11.25


1927 – Jimmie Rodgers
1948 – Merle Travix
1962 – Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
1968 – Everly Brothers
1969 – Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan
1970 – Scott Dunbar
1973 – Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys
1976 – Lynyrd Skynyrd
1976 – Tompall Glaser
1993 – Half Japanese
1997 – Dwight Yoakam
2004 – Townes Van Zandt
2011 – David Dondero
2015 – Robert Earl Keen & Lyle Lovett


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