How Johnny Cash’s Hit Song ‘Ring Of Fire’ Was Almost Used For A Commercial For Hemorrhoids


When June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore first wrote “Ring Of Fire,” something tells me they never saw it coming.

Of course, “Ring Of Fire” was popularized by Johnny Cash in 1963, and became one of the most iconic country music songs of all time.

According to his autobiography, I walked the line: my life with Johnny, Cash’s first wife, Vivian, alleges that Johnny wrote the song himself but gave credit to June Carter.

And that pissed off Vivian because she could tell he was in love with her:

“One day in early 1963, while gardening in the yard, Johnny told me about a song he had just written with Merle Kilgore and Curly while fishing on Casitas Lake.

“I’m going to give June half credit on a song I just wrote,” Johnny said. ‘It’s called “Ring of Fire.”‘

‘Why?’ I asked, wiping the dirt off my hands. The mere mention of his name irritated me. I was tired of hearing about her.

“She needs the money,” he said, avoiding my gaze. “And I feel sorry for her.”

Vivian admitted that she was a bit blind to Johnny’s affection for June, even though the writing was on the wall:

“I was so naive and confident. The idea made me uncomfortable, but I didn’t argue about it. I still believed everything Johnny told me.

To this day, it baffles me to hear the elaborate details June shared about writing this song for Johnny. She didn’t write this song any more than I did.

The truth is that Johnny wrote this song, while he was drunk and drunk, about some private part of the female body. All those years of claiming she wrote it herself, and she probably never knew what the song was really about.

Of course, Johnny would divorce Vivian in 1966 and later marry June Carter in 1968…so his fears turned out to be true.

But whether it was written by Johnny or June, and whether it’s about female body parts or burning love, “Ring Of Fire” has firmly cemented its place in the country music history books. .

However, in 2004, it took a funny turn.

Merle Kilgore, co-writer of the song and manager of Hank Williams Jr., got a call from a Florida TV producer who came up with the idea to feature “Ring Of Fire” in a hemorrhoid commercial for Preparation H.

Ok, that’s kind of funny… I mean, it’s a perfect fit.

Kilgore thought it was funny and had even made the joke himself in the past, but the Cash family had none of it.

Rosanne Cash said The Tennessian in a 2004 interview:

“He started talking about this dumb bond without talking to any of us. The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it always meant to me and that’s what it always will mean to the Cash kids.

Kilgore apologized and the business idea was tossed in the trash.

“I certainly didn’t want to upset the Cash family because I love them. I just thought it was kinda funny.

Oh, what could have been…


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