On this Day: Johnny Cash’s ‘The Baron’ Comes to Life 40 Years Ago

by Quentin Blount
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The Baron is the country music legend’s 66th album. It was released on Columbia Records in 1981.

And on Monday afternoon, the official Johnny Cash Instagram account posed a question to the page’s more than 250,000 fans and followers.

“40 years ago today, Johnny Cash released The Baron!” the official Johnny Cash account wrote. “What’s your favorite song on the album?”

Meanwhile, the post most definitely caught the attention of Johnny Cash fans. Not only did it rack up more than 16,000 and 4,700 likes, but it also had the comment section going crazy with people sharing their favorite songs from the album.

One Johnny Cash follower, austinparkofficial, commented saying that “Hey, Hey, Train” was his favorite, and included the fire emoji with his comment.

Another user, rileyatkinson76, rattled off multiple songs, adding that it would be too hard to pick just one.

“The reverend mr black, the baron, and the hard way. Couldn’t pick just one.”

And finally, hermaenmimi commented saying that “Mobile Bay” was their favorite. They wrote, “Oow mobile bay 👏 love it.”

The entire track list from Johnny Cash’s The Baron Album can be seen below. Which one was your favorite?

  1. “The Baron”
  2. “Mobile Bay”
  3. “(I Learned) The Hard Way”
  4. “Ceiling, Four Walls and a Floor”
  5. “Hey, Hey, Train”
  6. “The Reverend Mr. Black/Lonesome Valley (Medley)”
  7. “The Blues Keep Getting Bluer”
  8. Chattanooga City Limit Sign”
  9. “Thanks to You”
  10. “Greatest Love Affair”

Johnny Cash Marries June Carter 53 Years Ago

The date of March 1 is one of the most relevant dates in the incredible life of Johnny Cash. Not only did his great album, The Baron, see its release on March 1, Cash also married the love of his life on the same date in 1968.

Johnny Cash and June Carter were one of the best love stories in country music for many years. They were married for 35 years until Carter passed away in May of 2003. It was just four months later that Cash died.

Further, the country star wrote a touching letter to his wife for her 65th birthday.

“We get old and get used to each other. We think alike, we read each other’s minds, we know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.”

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