Mostly Credited As: Johnny Cash
Sometimes Credited As: J.R. Cash
Birth Name: J. R. Cash
Date Of Birth: February 26, 1932 (Age 71)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Kingsland, Arkansas
Date Of Death: September 12, 2003
Cause Of Death: Complications from diabetes (in Nashville, TN)
Height: 6' 2" (1.87 m)
Johnny Cash (b. February 26, 1932) was probably the most famous country musician of all time, his career spanned over 45 years (1957 - 2003) and he has been an inspiration to musicians in all genres.
He distinguished himself with his deep, dark voice and dark clothing, giving him the nickname 'The Man in Black'.
Cash was married two times. In 1954 he married Vivan Liberto and he had three daughters with her.
Cash was touring at the time and it was on tour he met June Carter who would become the love of his life.
He proposed to her on stage in 1968 and they married shortly after.
They stayed together and created music until Junes death in May, 2003. Cash died only four months later, 12th of September, 2003.
They are now both burried in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Cash had an extrodinary career, and even though he had severe problems with alcohol and drug abuse he never
stopped writing new material and performing.
He won 14 grammy awards (the first in 1967 for his duet Jackson with June and the last in 2003 for the video of Hurt).
He also got one after his death in 2005 for the boxset The Legend.
Recently, the movie Walk the Line, portraying Johnny Cash in a beautiful and emotional way, became a huge success both by critics and audience.
Johnny Cash is with out a doubt one of the most important performers of all time and hopefully the world will remember him with love and respect.
The son of Southern Baptist sharecroppers, Cash began playing guitar and writing songs at age 12. He performed frequently on radio station KLCN in Blytheville, Arkansas.
Cash moved to Detroit in his late teens and worked there until he joined the Air Force as a radio operator in Germany. He left the Air Force and married Vivian Liberto in 1954; the couple settled in Memphis, where Cash sold appliances and attended radio announcers' school.
With the Tennessee Two -- guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant -- he began recording for Sam Phillips' Sun Records in 1955. The trio recorded "Cry, Cry, Cry" #14 in 1955, and followed it with "Folsom Prison Blues" #5 in 1956. Later in 1956 came Cash's most enduring
hit, the million-seller: "I Walk the Line" #17 in 1956.
Cash moved near Ventura, California in 1958, and signed with Columbia. He released a number of successful country and pop hits, among them "Ring of Fire" #1 in 1963, written by June Carter of the Carter Family and Merle Kilgare. By then, he had left his family and moved to New York's
Greenwich Village. After a serious auto accident and a near fatal overdose, his wife divorced him. By then Cash had moved to Nashville, where he became friends with Waylon Jennings.
Not long after his arrival in Nashville, Cash began a liaison with June Carter, who helped him get rid of his drug habit by 1967 and reconverted him to fundamentalist Christianity. By the time Cash and Carter married in early 1968, they had begun working together regularly. They had hit duets with "Jackson" #2 in 1967, "Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man" #6 in 1967, and versions of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me,"
Babe" #4 in 1964 and Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter" #2 in 1970. Cash's 1968 live album, "At Folsom Prison" #13, became a million-seller in 1968. Cash had a 1969 hit with Shel Silverstein's "A Boy Named Sue" #2, a track from Johnny Cash at San Quentin, his bestselling album. The live LB was #1 for four weeks.
In 1970 Cash performed at the Nixon White House. He and June Carter traveled to Israel in 1971 to make a documentary, "Gospel Road." Cash continued to tour and make hits including "A Thing Called Love" #2 in 1972 and "One Piece
at a Time" #1 in 1976. He also became active in benefit work, particularly on behalf of prisoners, Native American rights, and evangelist Billy Graham's organization.
Three years later Cash hooked up with three other campadres -- Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson -- to form the Highwaymen, releasing Highwayman in 1985. The Highwaymen performed together sporadically throughout the late Eighties
and Nineties, recording Highwayman 2 in 1990. They released The Road Goes On Forever produced by Don Was, in 1995. Throughout these years, Cash turned to acting, in a slew of Western-themed movies and TV shows. He also suffered from health problems, and underwent heart surgery and drug treatment for an addiction to painkillers.
Already a member of the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame Cash has more than 400 songs to his credit and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Cash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Also later that year came the release of the critically acclaimed boxed set, "The Essential Johnny Cash."
Johnny passed away in 2003 due to health complications only a few months after his beloved soul mate June died.