We all know Ghost Riders In The Sky as being sung by Johnny Cash. Let’s have a look at a bit of the history of it, shall we?
The song was written in 1948 by a film and television star named Stan James. It was released on June 5, 1948. There are 2 versions of how Stan actually came up with the idea to write the song:
#1-He was out riding on his birthday when a storm came up and the clouds looked like men on horseback.
#2-He was inspired by a ghost story he was told by a Cowboy when he was 12.
It has been the most recorded western song of all time by over 50 music groups including:
- Bing Crosby in 1949
- Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra in the 1960’s
- Frankie Laine in the 1960’s
- Tom Jones in the 1960’s
- Elvis Presley in the 1970’s
- Johnny Cash in 1970-It was on his album “Silver”
- Sesame Street Version in the 1980’s
- Deborah Harry (Blondie) in the 1990’s
- Concrete Blonde in the 2000’s
- Gorlock in 2010
The one artist we associate this song with the most was Johnny Cash. He was born February 26, 1932, and was a singer, actor and author. He was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best selling artists of all time. He sold more than 90 million records. He died on September 12, 2003.
Ghost Riders In The Sky