Biography

John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003) was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as a country 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 multiple induction in the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Cash was known for his deep bass-baritone voice, distinctive sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, a rebelliousness coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor, free prison concerts, and trademark look, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black". He traditionally began his concerts with the simple "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash.", followed by his signature "Folsom Prison Blues".

Much of Cash's music echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption, especially in the later stages of his career. His best-known songs included "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Get Rhythm" and "Man in Black". He also recorded humorous numbers like "One Piece at a Time" and "A Boy Named Sue"; a duet with his future wife, June Carter, called "Jackson"; and railroad songs including "Hey, Porter" and "Rock Island Line". During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails.

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Plans in place for Johnny Cash's former home to become rehab centre

Plans in place for Johnny Cash's former home to become rehab centre

Papers have been filed to turn the 'House of Cash' into a medical facility

  • Aug 1, 2014

Johnny Cash's son says there are 'four or five' posthumous albums in the works

The material includes tracks produced by Rick Rubin

  • Mar 28, 2014

Johnny Cash's great niece found stabbed to death

Courtney Cash was found in a box in a house 70 miles east of Nashville

  • Mar 21, 2014

Video for unreleased Johnny Cash song 'She Used To Love Me A Lot' revealed – watch

John Hillcoat directed the promo in homage to the late singer

  • Mar 13, 2014

Johnny Cash's son says there are more records to be released from the vaults

John Carter Cash says his father left 'a great treasure'

  • Jan 14, 2014

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Folsom Prison Blues

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A Boy Named Sue

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Ghost Riders in the Sky

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Best Of

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Live in Montreux 1994, Concert Sample (From Eagle Rock Entertainment)

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Johnny Cash Reviews

Johnny Cash - 'Out Among The Stars'

Johnny Cash - 'Out Among The Stars'

A third release from beyond the grave - this time from The Man In Black's wilderness years

  • Mar 28, 2014

Album Review: Johnny Cash - 'American VI: Ain't No Grave' (Lost Highway)

It's time for the Man in Black should to be left in peace

  • Mar 5, 2010

Johnny Cash

At Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition

  • Jan 16, 2009

Johnny Cash: The Legend

Retrospective of country giant comes close to fitting it all in

  • Dec 8, 2005

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