Written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and recorded in 1963 by the legendary Johnny Cash it is #4 on CMT’s 100 greatest songs of Country Music, see who covered it here.

Recorded on March 25, 1963 the song became one of the biggest hits in the career of Johnny Cash.

I always thought the song was about falling in love and how it can consume you like fire.

Apparently, I got it right because that is exactly what the song is about.

June Carter had mentioned how she took a line from a book of poetry about love being like fire burning.

Johnny’s first wife Vivian always contested that story and claimed June Carter never wrote that song.

However, June Carter is listed as a co-writer of the song along with Merle Kilkgore who was the legendary Hank Williams manager, and manager of Hank Williams Jr.

Original recorded by June Carter’s sister Anita,  Johnny heard it and said he had a dream there were Mexican Mariachi horns in the song.

After Anita’s version failed to become a hit, Johnny recorded it with the Mariachi horns opening the song.

The song hit number one on the country charts and stayed there for seven weeks.

Many artists have recorded the song but my two favorite covers are from Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakum, and here they are along with Johnny’s live version of 'Ring Of Fire' on this week’s ‘Got Ya Covered’ video of the week.








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