On July 27, 1963, Johnny Cash’s single Ring Of Fire / I’d Still Be There reached number 1 on the country charts, eventually reaching number 17 on the pop charts. The song composed by Anita Carter and Merle Kilgore, that Johnny once dreamed playing it backed by a mariachi was recorded on April 23. Don Law the producer didn’t got a whole mariachi but a couple of trumpets completed with the always effective Jack Clement, who had already produced several recordings of Cash on Sun Records, taking care of getting everything underway. The single caused the renewal of Cash’s deal with Columbia for 5 more years and someone thought that Ring Of Fire would be a good bet to introduce him to the Hispanic recoring market by doing a version sung in spanish. So in September of 1963 Cash made the vocal overdub for Ring Of Fire, and also for his bullfightin´ hit The Matador, both in an vigorous but far from decent spanish.
Both songs appeared in Spain on an EP and are the only two songs that Johnny Cash tried in the language of Cervantes.