The Johnny Cash Show's success grew out of its varied and intimate performances. Johnny Cash's live recording of "Sunday Morning Coming Down," performed on the show against the advice of ABC executives, earned him a CMA Song of the Year award and a number-one hit.
Among the performers who broke through to national attention on The Johnny Cash Show was Linda Ronstadt, pictured here with Cash singing "I Never Will Marry" on the show's third episode.
Cash premiered his trademark song, "Man In Black," on a special episode of the Johnny Cash Show at Vanderbilt University. The song proved that country could remain rooted in its traditions while also keeping up with the politically dynamic times.