COMPOSER : June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore ARRANGER : David Beal
"Ring of Fire" is a song written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore and popularized by Johnny Cash in 1963.
The single appears on Cash's 1963 album, Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.
The song was originally recorded by June's sister, Anita Carter, on her Mercury Records album Folk Songs Old and New (1963) as "(Love's) Ring of Fire".
Mercury released Anita's version as a single and it was a featured "pick hit" in Billboard magazine.
After hearing Anita's version, Cash claimed he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by "Mexican horns". Cash said, "I'll give you about five or six more months, and if you don't hit with it, I'm gonna record it the way I feel it." Cash noted that adding trumpets was a change to his basic sound
"Ring of Fire" was ranked #4 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music in 2003 and #87 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
In June 2014, Rolling Stone ranked the song #27 on its list of the 100 greatest country songs of all time.
The song was recorded on March 25, 1963, and became one of the biggest hits of Cash's career, staying at number one on the country chart for seven weeks.
It was certified Gold on January 21, 2010, by the RIAA and has also sold over 1.2 million digital downloads.