April 17, 2007 11:06

Johnny Cash house to be preserved

Barry Gibb vows to save foundations

Johnny Cash house to be preserved
Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb has vowed to protect that foundations of the legendary Tennessee house of the late Johnny Cash.

The lakeside home was where Cash wrote many of his songs, and was lived in by he and his wife June Carter Cash from 1968 until their deaths in 2003.

Gibb bought the house in 2006, and was renovating the site when the exterior caught fire whilst construction workers were applying wood preservation. Investigators are yet to release a report on the cause of the fire.

In a statement, Gibb said he and his wife would build a property near the original, confirming: "Linda and I have decided to build our own home on the higher ground surrounding the Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash home."

He further added, "The original foundations shall be kept intact and preserved for the people of Hendersonville and the people of Nashville."

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