MAN IN BLACK CELEBRATION!

The rock'n'roll outlaw's 70th birthday is celebrated in style...

JOHNNY CASH is the subject of a tribute album featuring contributions from luminaries such as [/a] and [a].

The album is being compiled by Cash’s former boss and former father-in-law, Marty Stuart, ready for an US release on May 28.

The full tracklisting is still under review, according to a report on www.rollingstone.com, but artists committed to the project include Dwight Yoakam, [/a], [a] and Emmylou Harris. A British release date could not be confirmed, but a spokesman for Cash’s record label, Sony, said that it would be coming out later this year.

Several more Cash releases are planned for 2002, in which the country superstar celebrates his 70th birthday. A two-CD set, ‘Man In Black – the Very Best Of Johnny Cash’, will be released on February 25, the day before the star’s birthday, backed by a TV advertising campaign. Five classic Cash albums, ‘The Fabulous Johnny Cash’, ‘Hymns By Johnny Cash’, ‘Ride This Train’, ‘Orange Blossom Special’ and ‘Carryin’ On With Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash’, have been remastered and will be reissued with bonus tracks later this year.

Meanwhile, Cash is recording his fourth album with Rick Rubin, the follow-up to 2000’s ‘American III: Solitary Man’.