June Carter Cash
Johnny Cash, born in Arkansas in 1932 was a singer-songwriter and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was known for his deep bass-baritone voice and as "The Man in Black" for his dark clothing. Although primarily known as a country music artist, his songs spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll as well as blues, folk and gospel.
Johnny's first recordings for Sun Records "Hey Porter” and "Cry Cry Cry” released in 1955 saw some success. However, his next record "Folsom Prison Blues" reached No. 5 in the country charts and "I Walk the Line" reached No.1. In the early 1960’s Cash battled with drink and drugs, however he continued to deliver with “Ring of Fire” reaching No.1 in the country music charts and and making the crossover to the pop charts.
Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 however, for the first part of this decade he failed to make any real impact musically, turning his hand to acting and writing instead. Cash’s career revived in the nineties when he won, among many other accolades, Grammys for the albums "American Recordings" and "Unchained."
Johnny Cash died on September 12, 2003. He is buried next to his wife June Carter Cash at Hendersonville Memory Gardens in Tennessee.
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