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Ry Cooder, who based his desolate soundtrack to Paris, Texas on "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground", described it as "the most soulful, transcendent piece in all American music."

Dark Was The Night, Cold Was the Ground was included on the Voyager Golden Record, sent into space with the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 - Johnson's music left the solar system on December 16, 2004.

The song is also used in Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Gospel According to St… read more

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