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"I Walk the Line" is a song written by Johnny Cash and recorded in 1956. A 1970 movie of the same name, starring Gregory Peck, featured a soundtrack of Johnny Cash songs including the title song. In 2005 Walk the Line was produced starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter, directed by James Mangold. For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song, see I Walk the Line. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon[1] (born March 22, 1976) is an American film actress, who has received a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award. ... Valerie June Carter Cash (June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was a singer, songwriter, actress and comedian and was a member of the Carter Family, and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. ... James Mangold (born December 1964) is an American film director born in New York City, New York best known for the independent film Heavy, winner of the best directing prize at Sundance; Cop Land starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta; Girl, Interrupted, which won the Best...


Song

The song is about Cash staying faithful to his wife at the time, Vivian despite being on the road: Vivian Liberto (April 23, 1934 – May 24, 2005) met Johnny Cash in 1950 at a roller skating rink in San Antonio, Texas three weeks before the Air Force deployed him to Germany. ...

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day is through
Yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you
Because you're mine/I walk the line

Cash scored his first number one hit with the song and it is the source of the title of the 2005 biopic Walk the Line (as well as the non-biographical 1970 movie mentioned above). This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... For the song, see I Walk the Line. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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"I Walk the Line" excerpt Image File history File links WalktheLine. ...

From the album With His Hot and Blue Guitar (1957)

Problems listening to the file? See media help. Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar was the first album by the influential country singer Johnny Cash, released on 10 October 1957 (see 1957 in music). ...

The song is very simple and like most Cash songs, the lyrics tell more of a story than the music conveys. (You've got a way to keep me on your side/You give me cause for love that I can't hide/For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide).


It is based upon the "boom-chicka-boom" or "freight train" rhythm common in many of Cash's songs. In the original recording of the song, there is a key change between each of the five verses, and Cash hums the new root note before singing each verse. The final verse is sung a full octave lower than the first verse. According to Cash, he loved the sound of a snare drum, but drums were not used on country music back then, so he placed a piece of paper in his guitar strings and created his own unique "snare drum". From that point onwards, at many concerts, Cash would tell the story and perform the song the same way.


The unique chord progression for the song was inspired by an accidental backwards playback on Cash's tape recorder while he was in the Air Force. Later, he wrote the lyrics in a backstage dressing room in Gladewater, Texas in 1955, after a discussion with fellow performer Carl Perkins encouraged him to adopt "I Walk the Line" as the song title. Cash originally intended the song as a slow ballad, but producer Sam Phillips preferred a faster arrangement, which Cash grew to like as the uptempo recording met with success. A chord progression (also chord sequence and harmonic progression or sequence), as its name implies, is a series of chords played in order. ... Gladewater is a city located in Texas. ... Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of rockabilly music, a mix of rhythm and blues and country music that was recorded most notably at Sun Records in Memphis beginning in 1954. ... Sam Phillips, born Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – June 30, 2003), was a record producer who played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll as the major form of popular music in the 1950s. ...


Once while performing the song on his TV show, Cash told the audience, with a smile, "People ask me why I always hum whenever I sing this song. It's to get my pitch." The humming was necessary since the song required Cash to change keys several times while singing it.


The song was originally recorded at Sun Studio on April 2, 1956, and was released on May 1. It spent six weeks at the top spot on the U.S. country charts that summer, and also reached number 19 on the pop music charts. Sun Studio Sun Studio opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips at 710 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 3, 1950. ...


the song was re-recorded four times during Cash's career. In 1964 for the I Walk the Line album, again in 1969 for the At San Quentin album, in 1971 for the I Walk the Line soundtrack, and finally in 1988 for the Classic Cash album.


In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the song at #30 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[1] This article is about the magazine. ... ...


In 2006 Levi Strauss & Co. commissioned three advertisements (called "Straight Line", directed by Tom Carty) using the song, featuring cover versions sung by Megan Wyler and Adem Ilhan. Levi Strauss & Co. ... This article is about the musician. ...


Indie rock band Murder by Death released the song "Sometimes the Line Walks You" in 2006 as an homage both in name and style to Cash's work. Murder by Death (formerly known as Little Joe Gould) is a four-piece rock band from Bloomington, Indiana. ...


Notes

  1. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. RollingStone.com. Retrieved on 2007-06-02.

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