Cover of CRESCENT CITY BLUES in 1956 - influenced his Folsom Prison Blues, B-side of So Doggone Lonesome, later a central song on live albums At Folsom Prison ('68) and At San Quentin ('69); Johnny was lyrically inspired by a film he saw in Germany while in the Air Force: Inside The Walls Of Folsom Prison
Cover of BLUE YODEL in 1956 - in top 5 C&W hit Folsom Prison Blues, n°1 C&W in '68; Christophe Vekeman in his Johnny Paycheck biography remarks the almost unmistakable link between the famous line "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die" and this lyric line from T For Texas: I'm gonna buy me a pistol just as long as I am tall, Lord, Lord, I'm gonna shoot poor Thelma just to see her jump and fall
Cover of ONE MORE ROUNDER GONE in 1962 - idem and in '94 A1 on American Recordings and with Kate Moss in the clip; lines like: "First time I shot her, I shot her in the side, Hard to watch her suffer but with the second shot she died" are well in league with "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die"
Cover of SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN in 1970 - n°1 C&W; true story: Kris Kristofferson landing his helicopter (he was a pilot by trade then) in Johnny's backyard just to make him listen to this; Cash wasn't home but his attention was sharpened; Columbia objected against the "wishing Lord that I was stoned" line but that's how Johnny even sang it on his own TV show
Cover of HELP ME in 1973 - in film The Gospel Road; Kristofferson's title track Jesus Was A Capricorn was also used in that film; also one of Johnny's final recordings for Rick Rubin on American Recordings
Cover of I'M JUST AN OLD CHUNK OF COAL in 1979 - on double gospel lp A Believer Sings The Truth, originally released on his own label (Cachet), when Columbia showed little interest; Johnny also cut Shaver's If I Give My Soul on the posthumously released box set Unearthed with outtakes produced by Rick Rubin; Tom Jones covered that one in 2010
Cover of MAN WHO COULDN'T CRY, THE in 1994 - the year after Loudon made fun of the Man In Black on his live album Career Moves: "Let me do another song for you and then start this parade of incredible people; Johnny Cash is here tonight; Johnny Paycheck is here tonight!"