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- 2 Critical reception
- 3 Chart performance
- 4 Martin Delray version
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The song is about optimism, centering on a shoeshine boy who "gets rhythm" to cope with the tedious nature of his job.
Alice Randall in the book "My Country Roots: The Ultimate MP3 Guide to America's Original Outsider Music" asks the question, "racist, racialist, or race appreciating? You decide. Maybe the grinning "boy" hides something worth knowing in his mask as well as behind his mask."
"Get Rhythm" was released in 1956 as the B-side to Cash's first Number One hit, "I Walk the Line." In 1969, the original recording of "Get Rhythm" was released as a single itself, with sound effects dubbed in to simulate the sound of a live recording. This rerelease went to #23 on the country charts.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||23|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||60|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||59|
|Preceded by||RPM Country Tracks
number-one single November 15-November 22, 1969
|Single by Martin Delray|
|from the album Get Rhythm|
|B-side||"The Very Thought of You"|
|Producer(s)||Blake Mevis, Nelson Larkin|
|Martin Delray singles chronology|
In 1991, Martin Delray recorded a cover of the song on his debut album, also entitled Get Rhythm. Released as his debut single, Delray's version featured guest vocals from Cash, as well as a guest appearance by him in the music video. It peaked at #27 on the country charts.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||18|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||27|