1958 Johnny Cash – I Guess Things Happen That Way
From 1956 to 1958, Johnny Cash scored five number-one Country hits and nine more top-ten singles. Six of those records also made it into the top forty on the Hot 100.
The most successful of those pop hits was I Guess Things Happen That Way. Like many of Johnny’s hits in the late fifties, songwriter/producer Jack Clement wrote the song. He also co-produced the record with Sam Phillips.
The single once again took Johnny to the top of the Country chart. It also reached #11 on the Hot 100 in 1958.
The BBC initially banned the record because their head of religious broadcasting objected to a mention of God giving him a girl to lean on in the lyrics.
Johnny had two more minor hits on the Hot 100 in 1958. While he continued to reach the top ten on the Country chart, he failed to return to the top forty on the Hot 100 until 1963.
Johnny’s most successful Hot 100 single was Boy Named Sue, which reached #2 in 1969.
Jack went on to write and produce dozens of Country hits for a long list of artists.
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