Johnny Cash – The Christmas Spirit (1963)

FrontCover1Johnny Cash was a musical phenomenon and an American icon with his legendary musical career starting in the 50’s at Sun Records. His plethora of hit recordings led to a major move to Columbia Records, and the late legend charted recordings in all the major formats like country, rock , pop, folk, and gospel genres, sharing his legendary vocal, guitar and songwriting persona for millions of fans worldwide. With 1963’s The Christmas Spirit Lp, Johnny Cash teams up with producer Don Law (Ray Price) and created one of the most revered holiday and inspirational hit albums of all time. The album features Johnny’s stellar interpretations of both popular and religious favorites like the definitive hit version of I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, the Tex Ritter favorite Here Was A Man, June Carter Cash’s Christmas As I Knew It, plus more traditional fare like Blue Christmas and The Little Drummer Boy. His impressive readings of inspirational favorites like Silent Night, Holy Night, plus Johnny’s own The Christmas Spirit and Who Kept The Sheep, truly made the The Christmas Spirit LP a groundbreaking effort for this sorely missed legend. (by fridaymusic.com)

JohnnyCash1979Johnny Cash in a Christmas show, 1979

Personnel:
Maybelle Carter (autoharp)
Johnny Cash (vocals, guitar)
Jack Clement (guitar)
Marshall Grant (bass)
Buddy Harman (drums)
W.S. Holland (drums)
Bob Johnson (flute)
Anita Kerr (organ)
Grady Martin (guitar)
Luther Perkins (guitar)
Bill Pursell (keyboards)
Hargus “Pig” Robbins (keyboards)

BackCover1Tracklist:
01. The Christmas Spirit (Cash) 5.02
02. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Longfellow(Calkin) 2.31
03. Blue Christmas (Hayes/Johnson) 2.25
04. The Gifts They Gave (Cash) 3.34
05. Here Was A Man (Bond/Ritter) 2.44
06. Christmas As I Knew It (Howard/Carter) 3.40
07. Silent Night (Gruber/Mohr) 3.30
08. The Little Drummer Boy (Simeone/Onarati/Davis) 2.35
09. Ringing The Bells For Jim (Howard/Carter) 2.48
10. We Are The Shepherds (Cash) 3.13
11. Who Kept The Sheep (Carter/Cash) 1.58
12. The Ballad Of The Harp Weaver (Millay) 4.20

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