Johnny Cash

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J.R Cash
February 26, 1932
Kingsland, Arkansas,

Johnny Cash is best remembered as  an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly,  blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, Baseball  and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Cash was the 4th of 7 children born to sharecropper parents, Ray and Hattie. No one really knows what a sharecropper is, but apparently everyone born before 1940 had sharecropper parents. The kids in order were: J.B, P.J, P.U, J.R, F.U, J.J and Thelma. 

Cash's early memories were dominated by gospel music and radio. Taught guitar by his mother and a childhood friend, Cash began playing and writing songs at the age of 5. When young, Cash had a high-tenor voice, before becoming a bass-baritone after his voice changed. 

Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 7, 1950. Cash was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, Germany, as a puppeteer. 

While in Germany, Cash formed his first band called "The New Originals". It was a combination German oompah band and Country Skiffle band. Cash sang and played the accordion. 
In 1955, Cash made his first recordings at Sun, "Hey Porter" and "Cry! Cry! Cry!", which were released in late June and met with success on the country hit parade.

On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley dropped in on Phillips while Carl Perkins was in the studio cutting new tracks, with Jerry Lee Lewis backing him on piano. Cash was also in the studio, and the four started an impromptu jam session. Phillips left the tapes running and the recordings, almost half of which were gospel songs, survived. They have since been released under the title Million Dollar Quartet. In Cash: the Autobiography, Cash wrote that he was the farthest from the microphone and sang in a higher pitch to blend in with Elvis.

Cash had a varied 50 year career, creating some of the most amazing music ever recorded and collaborating with the best of the best.  

"I Walk The Line", "Ring of Fire", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Boy Named Sue", "Cocaine Blues", "Sunday Morning Coming Down", "Man in Black", "Get Rhythm" and many more. His version of "Hurt" is the most haunting moving song of all time. 

Johnny performed at prisons, got arrested, drank, did drugs, played with The Highwaymen, Rick Rubin, Bob Dylan, and had his own TV show. 

Cash met singer June Carter, of the famed Carter Family while on tour, and the two became infatuated with each other. In 1968, 13 years after they first met backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, Cash proposed to June, during a live performance in London, Ontario. The couple married on March 1, 1968, in Franklin, Kentucky. They had one child together, John Carter Cash, born March 3, 1970. He was the only son for both Johnny and June.

Cash and Carter continued to work, raise their child, create music, and tour together for 35 years until June's death in May 2003. Throughout their marriage, June attempted to keep Cash off of amphetamines, often taking his drugs and flushing them down the toilet. June remained with him even throughout his multiple admissions for rehabilitation treatment and years of drug abuse. After June's death, Cash believed that his only reason for living was his music. He died four months after she did. She was truly the love of his life. 

Johnny was a hard drinking, pill popping, bad ass Rock Star who influenced all that followed. Johnny died on September 12, 2003. It was a sad day for the world.
 
Remembering Johnny on his birthday! Thank You for the music Sir! It was an honor to share this planet with you. We Love and Miss You Dearly!
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