- Give 10 remarkable/curious/notable facts about the man.
- Give five insightful quotes from or about him.
- Give my list of the top five Johnny Cash songs.
|Little J. R. Cash|
Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. The Cash family were poor cotton farmers but had a strong Pentecostal background. The death of Cash’s older brother in a sawmill accident at 15 had a profound effect on him and was often referenced in his story for the rest of his life. Cash served in the air force in Germany in 1950-54. Upon his discharge in 1954 he married his first wife Vivian. They had four daughters. Was signed initially signed to Sun Records by Sam Phillips in 1955. His first major hit was I Walk the Line. He rose to prominence as both a country music star and popular music personality in the 1960's. Serious drug and alcohol addiction nearly destroyed him in the mid sixties, and his erratic behavior cost him his first marriage.
Johnny Cash is the only performer elected to the Country Music, Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame.
Ten Remarkable/Curious/Notable Facts about Johnny Cash – In Chronological Order.
|The Million Dollar Quartet - from left to right,|
Lewis, Perkins, Presley, Cash
|Early J.C with signature guitar pose|
|C+ Christian with Billy Graham|
#9 In 1986 Cash published his only novel – a fictionalized account of the Apostle Paul entitled “Man in White”. The idea came out of his religious conversion; a born again experience that had a lasting effect on his life even as he struggled to live consistently as a follower of Christ. He once said he graded himself a C+ as a Christian.
|Johnny and June Carter Cash|
“The beast in me is caged by frail and fragile bars.” - Johnny Cash
|Dylan and Cash - they were neighbors in Woodstock, NY|
in the mid 1960's
|The Highwaymen (L to R): Willie Nelson, Waylon|
Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson - 1980s
#2 I Walk the Line: Johnny wrote this song early in his career and it became the song for which he is best known. Here is a version recorded on the Tex Ritter Show when Johnny was 23 – pre ‘Man in Black’ days.
#1 Ring of Fire: My favorite Cash song – a beautiful melody and haunting lyrics. Johnny came up with the idea of using the mariachi horns. This easy-going acoustic version with Willie Nelson is really nice.
|Johnny's gear at the Country Music|
Hall of Fame
|From Johnny Cash's last performance - July 5, 2003 - Hiltons, VA|
|Your blogger with Johnny's plaque at the Country|
Music Hall of Fame in Nashville
|At the Cash family plot|
|Cash's self-selected inscription captures his|
conflicted desire to glorify God and the
relentless grace that never let him go.
Officially, we are fifth cousins twice removed. We share common Scottish roots. Our ancestors immigrated to Salem, Massachusetts in the 1670’s,settling in Virginia not long afterward. Later sons fought in the revolutionary war and as a result received land grants in north east Georgia in the late 1700’s. Johnny Cash’s great-grand-father moved from Georgia to Arkansas in 1850 where Johnny was born about 82 years later. Unfortunately for us the Cash line took most of the the musical talent and the nice full head of hair.
John has created a beautiful web site about the family history based on his research. At one time you could find a Farmer or a Fricks or a Cash almost anywhere in North Georgia. But times change and people move on. Its good to have a family heritage collected and accessible for future generations. You can check the site out at Leatherwood Creek.