Ring Of Fire

Johnny Cash

5 cover versions of this song

Original 4,317,066 plays
Social Distortion650,885 plays
Grace Jones4,716 plays
Elvis Costello4,463 plays
Tom Jones4,209 plays
Olivia Newton-John890 plays
"Ring of Fire" is a country music song popularized by Johnny Cash and co-written by June Carter (wife of Johnny Cash) and Merle Kilgore. The song was recorded on March 25, 1963 and became the biggest hit of Cash's career, staying at number one on the US charts for seven weeks.

Although the phrase "Ring of Fire" sounds somewhat ominous, the term refers to falling in love - which is what June Carter was experiencing with Johnny Cash at the time. Some sources claim that June had seen the phrase, "Love is like a burning ring of fire," underlined in one of her uncle A. P. Carter's Elizabethan books of poetry.

The song was originally recorded by June's sister, Anita Carter, on her Mercury Records album Folk Songs Old and New (1962) as "(Love's) Ring of Fire". It was released as a single and was a featured "pick hit" in Billboard magazine. When the song failed to become a major hit for Anita, Cash recorded it his own way, adding the mariachi-style horns. Mother Maybelle Carter and The Carter sisters feature prominently singing harmony. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.