The Baron (album)

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The Baron
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1981
RecordedMarch 1981; CBS Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
except "The Baron" September 1980
ProducerBilly Sherrill
Johnny Cash chronology
Classic Christmas
The Baron
Singles from The Baron
  1. "The Baron"
    Released: March 1981
  2. "Mobile Bay"
    Released: July 1981
  3. "The Hard Way"
    Released: July 1981
  4. "Chattanooga City Limit Sign"
    Released: November 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

The Baron is the 66th album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1981 (see 1981 in music). The title track was a top ten hit, and four singles in all - including "Mobile Bay", "Reverend Mr. Black" and "Chattanooga City Limit Sign" - were released, though the latter three were rather unsuccessful in the charts, peaking at No. 60, No. 71 and No. 71 respectively.

Cash recorded the album with famed countrypolitan producer Billy Sherrill. Other sessions with him would be released on the 2014 album Out Among the Stars.

Track listing[edit]

1."The Baron"Paul Richey, Billy Sherrill, Jerry Lee Taylor3:37
2."Mobile Bay"David Kirby, Curly Putman3:01
3."(I Learned) The Hard Way"Jerry Lynn Lansdowne2:59
4."Ceiling, Four Walls and a Floor"Tom T. Hall2:40
5."Hey, Hey, Train"Marty Stuart2:42
6."The Reverend Mr. Black/Lonesome Valley (Medley)"Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Billy Edd Wheeler, Jed Peters3:11
7."The Blues Keep Getting Bluer"Ron Reynolds2:34
8."Chattanooga City Limit Sign"Robert Rhett Drawdy3:52
9."Thanks to You"Jerry Lynn Lansdowne2:29
10."Greatest Love Affair"Mack David, Billy Sherrill3:31


  • Ron Reynolds - engineer
  • Bill Johnson - sleeve design
  • Slick Lawson - photography

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 24
U.S. Billboard 200 201


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1981 "The Baron" 10 6
"Mobile Bay" 60
1982 "The Reverend Mr. Black" 71
"Chattanooga City Limit Sign" flip