Sam Phillips

August 4, 1957 – In the Studio with Johnny Cash (with his Hot and Blue Guitar)

On August 4, 1957, Johnny Cash recorded the final set of songs for his upcoming release, Johnny Cash with his Hot and Blue Guitar.  Produced by Sam Phillips and Jack Clement, Hot and Blue was released October 10, 1957, on the Sun Records label.  Six of the final twelve tracks were laid down on August 4th, including “(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle”, “Country Boy”, “If the Good Lord’s Willing”, “So Doggone Lonesome”, “I Was There When it Happened”, and “Doing My Time”.  Other great Cash songs on the album: “The Rock Island Line”, “Cry Cry Cry”, “I Walk the Line”, “The Wreck of the Old ’97”, and “Folsom Prison Blues”.

Johnny was 25 when he recorded Hot and Blue.  Along with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Bill Justis, and Harold Jenkins (Conway Twitty), he began his recording career at Phillips’ small storefront studio on Union Avenue in Memphis.  He was Sun Records’ most prolific and best-selling artist after the departure of Elvis Presley.  Hot and Blue was Cash’s debut album and Sun Records’ first long-playing record released.

Image Credit: Sun Records