Johnny Cash was fresh out of the U.S. Air Force in 1954 when he signed a contract with the legendary Sun label. His initial release was probably his defining song and the first hit of a career that would lead to both The Country and The Rock And Roll Halls Of Fame.
“I Walk The Line” introduced his deep voice to the world. Released during the late summer of 1956, it peaked at number 17 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It was one of those mid-1950s songs that was released as both a 45 and 78. It remains an instantly recognizable song over a half-century after its original release.