Johnny Cash

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Born in Kingsland, Arkansas on February 26, 1932, Johnny Cash was an influential American country and rock ‘n’ roll singer and songwriter.

He was known for his deep and distinctive voice, the boom-chick-a-boom or “freight train” sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, and his dark clothing and demeanor, which earned him the nickname “The Man in Black.” He started all his concerts with the simple introduction “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”

Much of Cash’s music, especially that of his later career, echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption. His songs include “I Walk the Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ring of Fire”, “Get Rhythm,” “Home of the Blues,”The Ways of a Woman in Love,” “There You Go,” “Ballad of a Teenage Queen,” “Hey Porter,” “Guess Things Happen that Way,” “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town,” “Understand Your Man,” “Orange Blossom Special,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” A Boy Named Sue,” “The Rock Island Line,” “Jackson,” “If I were a Carpenter,” “Highwayman,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “One Piece at a Time” among the more than 130 visits to the country, rock and pop music Hit Parades. His “I Walk the Line” is the top country song of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine.

He sold over 50 million albums in his nearly 50 year career and is generally recognized as one of the most important musicians in the history of American popular music.  He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2007, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1999, Cash received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1996.

Johnny Cash died of complications from diabetes on September 12, 2003 and was buried next to his wife in Hendersonville Memory Gardens near his home in Henderson, Tennessee.