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Johnny's Tribute Page
He entered life on February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, one of seven children born to Ray and Carrie Cash. Johnny died in Nashville, September 12, 2003. He had risen from the black dirt of an Arkansas farm to the stratosphere of recording success by writing and singing some of the finest songs in popular music history. He has four daughters ... Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy and Tara and a son John Carter Cash. Johnny Cash and June Carter were married on March 1, 1968 and shared careers as well as a personal life.
Johnny Cash had been a recording star since 1955. He had recorded nearly 1500 songs on over 470 albums, and that is just counting American and European releases. Johnny Cash has been so thoroughly associated with country music that most people do not realize the magnitude of his achievements in the larger arena of pop music. A quick review of his career shows he was not merely a most successful country artist, but that he is also one of the most successful artists in popular music having put 48 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts which is one more than the Rolling Stones. He placed 26 albums on the pop charts between 1955 and 1972, the same number as the Beatles during that span. He was one of the few people in the history of music to sell more than 50 million records.
Early in 1987 he received three multi-platinum records from the R.I.A.A. for previous sales of over 2 million copies of his "Folsom Prison", "San Quentin" and "Greatest Hits" albums. Johnny had posted almost 130 hits on the Billboard country singles chart, more than anyone in history except George Jones and if you discount duets, Cash exceeds Jones. He had won seven Grammy Awards, including two duet Grammys with June Carter, and received a 1987 Grammy nomination for his participation on the historic "Class of 55" album with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison. He had successfully charted as a solo artist, as part of duet teams, and as part of the award winning Highwayman quartet with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.
Johnny Cash's success as a singer sometimes overshadowed his contributions as a songwriter, but he had received 23 GMI Awards for writing such great American classics as "Folsom Prison Blues", "I Walk The Line", Five Feet High and Rising", "Don't Take Your Guns To Town", "Big River" and "Get Rhythm". "I Walk The Line" has been recorded by over 100 other artists. The songs of Johnny Cash speak of the human experience and the people who work for the American dream. To many people, Johnny Cash symbolizes America and "Ragged Old Flag" is one of his finest achievements. He penned "Man In Black", 1975; "Man In White", 1986; Cash, 1998.
In 1975, Johnny's autobiography, Man In Black, was published and Man In White, his novel about the conversion of the Apostle Paul became a best seller in 1986. This multi talented man starred in over a dozen films (who could forget "The Pride of Jessee Hallam" and "Riding The Rails") and produced and narrated a movie, "Gospel Road", about the life of Jesus. "The Johnny Cash Show" (on ABC-TV from 1969-1971) presented a wide range of artists and introduced his music to a new audience.
Cash supported mental health associations, homes for autistic children, refuges for battered women, the American Cancer Society, YWCA, Youth for Christ and Campus Life (support groups for teen-agers), humane societies, and has performed many concerts in prisons and has been a voice for prison reform.
Johnny received many awards including B'nai B'rith's Americanism Award, Youth for Christ, "Man of the Year", an almost complete sweep of the 1969 CMA awards, ASCAP Horatio Alger Award, Audie Murphy Patriotism Award, Shalom Peace Award, Music City News Living Legend Award, and the Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award. He was the youngest man ever selected for the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 1992 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in recognition of his rockabilly music. In 1991, he was selected winner of the Angel Award for "The Spoken Word" - Johnny's reading of the New Testament on audio tapes.
Johnny Cash hosted "Saturday Night Live", performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, performed on "Solid Gold" where he was given a standing ovation - the only artist so honored in the history of the program, fished with Mick Jagger and entertained U.S. presidents. Products ranging from Lionel trains, Hohner harmonicas and Bulova watches to Sears and Standard Oil have been endorsed by Johnny.
In the spring of 1994, Johnny's first album for American Recordings was released and was acclaimed a classic. The "Man In Black" is not just a superstar in the United States but is recognized around the world and has performed in many countries. Johnny Cash is loved and respected by countless fans throughout the world and has a special place in the hearts of all his fan club members.
Given name: J.R. Cash is the name on Johnny's birth certificate. Johnny's parents could agree only on initials for their third son.
Name in Air Force: John R. Cash
Name given by first wife Vivian: Johnny
Birth date: February 26, 1932
Birthplace: Kingsland, Arkansas. There is a statue of Johnny in a park.
Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Spouse: June Carter, married March 1, 1968.
Children: daughters Rosanne Cash, Kathy Cash-Tittle, Cindy Cash and Tara Cash Schwoebel; son John Carter Cash; 2 stepdaughters, Carlene and Rosey Carter.
Education: Dyess High School, Dyess, Arkansas.
Military: Air Force 1950-1954, stationed in Germany, discharged with rank of staff sergeant.
Previous jobs: Sold appliances door-to-door in Memphis, Tennessee; worked at a GM assembly plant in Pontiac, Michigan and an Arkansas oleomargarine plant.
First musical performance: in a talent show at age 17, won $5.
First guitar: bought in Germany, paid $5.
First royalty check: $2.41
Early bands: The Tennessee Two and then The Tennessee Three.
Influences: Hank Snow, Cowboy Copas, Gene Autry, Ernest Tubb.
Only star, living or dead, inducted into all three hall of fames: Country Music Hall of Fame (1980), Songwriters Hall of Fame (1989), and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1992).
Autobiography: Man in Black
Hobbies: fishing, photography, coin collecting, reading, walking in the woods.
Charities and concerns: prisoners' rights; Native American rights, Nashville Symphony; burn research center at Vanderbilt University Hospital; American Cancer Society; Vietnam veterans.
What others have said:
"He's Americana on two legs."
- Ralph Emery
"Johnny Cash helped show the world what happens when rural sensibilities and values mix musically with the urban environment. Over the years he demonstrated a broad musical perspective, never being afraid to record songs of social commentary."
- Lyle Lovett
Information/photos courtesy: Don Wilson and Burl Boykin
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