Johnny Cash Christmas Songs & Music
Who'd have thought
that the 'man in black' was such a fan of the white
fluffy stuff. Beyond his rebellious streak there was certainly
a homely sort that craved the glow of a family Christmas and his
deep baritone voice proved to be perfect vehicle for the songs of
the season. Cash recorded 4 Christmas album's over 4 decades and
each had its own identity. He also hosted 2 TV Christmas specials
in 1975 and 1976 which were filmed at his home in Tennessee and
featured his wife June and assorted other family members.
Cash's Christmas Singles
1959: Little Drummer
Boy (taken from 'The Christmas Spirit' LP)
Cash's Christmas Albums
The Christmas Spirit
It may have been his
first Christmas album but in 1963 Johnny Cash was a major star
with 16 albums to his name already. 'The Christmas Spirit'
contained a number of traditional tunes like 'Silent Night',
Blue Christmas' and 'Little Drummer Boy' but Cash also wrote 4
original songs for the occasion ('The Christmas Spirit', 'The Gifts
They Gave', 'We Are the Shepherds' and 'Who Kept the Sheep'). And
with his wife June Carter chipping in with 2 others 'The Christmas
Spirit' certainly felt like something fresh and new.
The Johnny Cash Family Christmas
With his wife June
Carter (and member of her family) and his brother Tommy Cash
involved this 1972 festive piece certainly lived up to its billing.
And the between song narration certainly gave the album a more
personal feel. Again Cash and Carter were on hand to write
several original songs with Tommy adding his own with 'That
This was the first
Christmas album from Johnny Cash not to feature original tunes from
the country star. Among the traditional standards that got the Cash
treatment were 'O Little Town of Bethlehem', 'Away In A Manger' and
the little known 'The Christmas Guest'.
Johnny Cash Country Christmas
Johnny Cash was
again joined on this Christmas album by his wife June and
her family for a run through 13 standards. Although 'Johnny
Cash Country Christmas' did not include any originals like
his earlier efforts it still shone a new light on the classics
thanks to Cash's unique style.