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  • Jan 23, 1964
    Johnny Cash sings "Understand Your Man," "Ring Of Fire" and "I Walk The Line" on ABC's "The Jimmy Dean Show." Guest Grandpa Jones offers "Mountain Dew" and "Are You From Dixie (Cause I'm From Dixie Too)." Jones, Dean, Boots Randolph and Molly Bee team on "Too Old To Cut The Mustard"
    Mar 5, 1964
    Johnny Cash records "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes," based on the tragic life of a World War II hero, at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville
    Mar 9, 1964
    The Statler Brothers show up at a Johnny Cash show in Canton, Ohio, and open the concert when the Man in Black is late. Cash subsequently adds them to his touring cast for the next eight years
    Mar 21, 1964
    Johnny Cash delivers "Understand Your Man" on an episode of ABC's "Hootenanny," which also features "But You Know I Love You" songwriter Mike Settle
    Apr 4, 1964
    Johnny Cash's "Understand Your Man" hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    Jun 2, 1964
    Columbia releases Johnny Cash's two-sided single "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes" backed with "Bad News"
    Jun 30, 1964
    Johnny Cash records four songs written by Peter La Farge and one by Johnny Horton to complete his Native American-themed album "Bitter Tears." The project will receive a Grammy nomination
    Jul 26, 1964
    Johnny Cash meets Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, where the Man In Black performs Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright." At a later hotel party, Dylan introduces Cash to "It Ain't Me, Babe"
    Jul 27, 1964
    The day after meeting Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash records a Dylan song for the first time at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studios. The title of choice: "Mama, You've Been On My Mind"
    Aug 22, 1964
    Johnny Cash takes radio programmers to task in an ad in Billboard magazine for not playing "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes," asking "Where are your guts?" It becomes a point of controversy, creating a movement to have him stripped of CMA membership

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