Both live albums reached number one on Billboard country album music and the latter crossed over to reach the top of the Billboard pop album chart. InCash became an international hit when he eclipsed even The Beatles by selling 6.
The Folsom Prison record was introduced by a rendition of his "Folsom Prison Blues" while the San Quentin record included the crossover hit single " A Boy Named Sue ", a Shel Silverstein -penned novelty song that reached number one on the country charts and number two on the U.
The AM versions of the latter contained profanities which were edited out of the aired version. The modern CD versions are unedited, thus making them longer than on the original vinyl albums, Next In Line - Johnny Cash - Original Sun Sound Of Johnny Cash (CD), though they retain the audience-reaction overdubs of the originals.
Columbia, the label for which Cash was recording then, was opposed to putting the song on his next album, considering it "too radical for the public". The film's DVD was released on August 21, Cash wrote three of the songs himself and one with the help of Johnny Hortonbut the majority of the protest songs were written by folk artist Peter La Farge  son of activist and Pulitzer prizewinner Oliver La Fargewhom Cash met in New York in the s and whom he admired for his activism.
In reaction, on August 22,Cash posted a letter as an advertisement in Billboardcalling the record industry cowardly: "D. I had to fight back when I realized that so many stations are afraid of Ira Hayes. Just one question: WHY??? Ira Hayes is strong medicine So is Rochester, Harlem, Birmingham and Vietnam. Later, on The Johnny Cash Showhe continued telling stories of Native-American plight, both in song and through short films, such as the history of the Trail of Tears. Inin response to his activism, the singer was adopted by the Seneca Nation's Turtle Clan.
He also played at the D-Q University in the s. Johnny Cash used his stardom and economic status to bring awareness to the issues surrounding the Native American people.
Many non-Native Americans stayed away from singing about these things. InCash recorded a reading of John G. Burnett's 80th-birthday essay  on Cherokee removal for the Historical Landmarks Association Nashville. The Statler Brothers opened for him in every episode; the Carter Family and rockabilly legend Carl Perkins were also part of the regular show entourage.
Pollardand Lauren Hutton. Cash had met with Dylan in the mids and became closer friends when they were neighbors in the late s in Woodstock, New York.
Cash was enthusiastic about reintroducing the reclusive Dylan to his audience. Another artist who received a major career boost from The Johnny Cash Show was Kris Kristoffersonwho was beginning to make a name for himself as a singer-songwriter. During a live performance of Kristofferson's " Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down ", Cash refused to change the lyrics to suit network executives, singing the song with its references to marijuana intact:. On a Sunday morning sidewalk I'm wishin', Lord, that I was stoned.
The closing program of The Johnny Cash Show was a gospel music special. By the early s, Cash had crystallized his public image as "The Man in Black". He regularly performed in entirely black suits with a long, black, knee-length coat.
This outfit stood in contrast to the rhinestone suits and cowboy boots worn by most of the major country acts of his day. Inhe wrote the song " Man in Black " to help explain his dress code:. We're doing mighty fine I do suppose In our streak of lightning cars and fancy clothes But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back Up front there ought to be a man in black.
Cash said he wore all black on behalf of the poor and hungry, the "prisoner who has long paid for his crime", and those who have been betrayed by age or drugs. Apart from the Vietnam War being over, I don't see much reason to change my position The old are still neglected, the poor are still poor, the young are still dying before their time, and we're not making many moves to make things right. There's still plenty of darkness to carry off.
His band and he had initially worn black shirts because that was the only matching color they had among their various outfits. He wore other colors on stage early in his career, but he claimed to like wearing black both on and off stage. He stated that political reasons aside, he simply liked black as his on-stage color.
In the mids, Cash's popularity and number of hit songs began to decline. He made commercials for Amoco and STPan unpopular enterprise at the time of the s energy crisis. Inhe made commercials for Lionel Trainsfor which he also wrote the music. A second, Cash: The Autobiographyappeared in Cash's friendship with Billy Graham  led to his production of a film about the life of Jesus, The Gospel Roadwhich Cash co-wrote and narrated.
It was released in Cash viewed the film as a statement of his personal faith rather than a means of proselytizing. Cash and June Carter Cash appeared several times on the Billy Graham Crusade TV specials, and Cash continued to include gospel and religious songs on many of his albums, though Columbia declined to release A Believer Sings the Trutha gospel double-LP Cash recorded in and which ended up being released on an independent label even with Cash still under contract to Columbia.
He continued to appear on television, hosting Christmas specials on CBS in the late s and early s. Later television appearances included a starring role in an episode of Columboentitled "Swan Song". Johnny and June also appeared in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman in recurring roles. He was friendly with every US president, starting with Richard Nixon. He was closest to Jimmy Carterwith whom he became close friends and who was a distant cousin of his wife, June.
When invited to perform at the White House for the first time in Richard Nixon's office requested that he play " Okie from Muskogee " a satirical Merle Haggard song about people who despised youthful drug users and war protesters"Welfare Cadillac" a Guy Drake song which denies the integrity of welfare recipientsand "A Boy Named Sue". Cash wrote that the reasons for denying Nixon's song choices were not knowing them and having fairly short notice to rehearse them, rather than any political reason.
Johnny Cash was the grand marshal of the United States Bicentennial parade. InCash became the Country Music Hall of Fame 's youngest living inductee at age 48, but during the s, his records failed to make a major impact on the country charts, although he continued to tour successfully. During that period, Cash appeared in a number of television films.
Inhe starred in The Pride of Jesse Hallamwinning fine reviews for a film that called attention to adult illiteracy. In the same year, Cash appeared as a "very special guest star" in an episode of the Muppet Show. Inhe appeared as a heroic sheriff in Murder in Coweta Countybased on a real-life Georgia murder case, which co-starred Andy Griffith as his nemesis and featured June Carter in a small but important role. Cash had tried for years to make the film, for which he won acclaim.
Cash relapsed into addiction after being administered painkillers for a serious abdominal injury in caused by an unusual incident in which he was kicked and wounded by an ostrich he kept on his farm. At a hospital visit inthis time to watch over Waylon Jennings who was recovering from a heart attackJennings suggested that Cash have himself checked into the hospital for his own heart condition.
Doctors recommended preventive heart surgery, and Cash underwent double bypass surgery in the same hospital. Both recovered, although Cash refused to use any prescription painkillers, fearing a relapse into dependency. Cash later claimed that during his operation, he had what is called a " near-death experience ".
Cash's recording career and his general relationship with the Nashville establishment were at an all-time low in the s. He realized that his record label of nearly 30 years, Columbia, was growing indifferent to him and was not properly marketing him he was "invisible" during that time, as he said in his autobiography. InCash released a self-parody recording titled "Chicken in Black" about Cash's brain being transplanted into a chicken and Cash receiving a bank robber's brain in return.
Biographer Robert Hilburn, in his book Johnny Cash: The Lifedisputes the claim made that Cash chose to record an intentionally poor song in protest of Columbia's treatment of him. On the contrary, Hilburn writes, it was Columbia that presented Cash with the song, which Cash — who had previously scored major chart hits with comedic material such as "A Boy Named Sue" and "One Piece at a Time" — accepted enthusiastically, performing the song live on stage and filming a comedic music video in which he dresses up in a superhero-like bank-robber costume.
According to Hilburn, Cash's enthusiasm for the song waned after Waylon Jennings told Cash he looked "like a buffoon" in the music video which was showcased during Cash's Christmas TV specialand Cash subsequently demanded that Columbia withdraw the music video from broadcast and recall the single from stores—interrupting its bona fide chart success—and termed the venture "a fiasco.
Between andhe recorded several sessions with famed countrypolitan producer Billy Sherrill who also produced "Chicken in Black"which were shelved; they would be released by Columbia's sister label, Legacy Recordingsin as Out Among the Stars.
After more unsuccessful recordings were released between —85, Cash left Columbia at least as a solo artist; he continued to record for Columbia on nonsolo projects until as late asrecording a duets album with Waylon Jennings and two albums as a member of The Highwaymen. InCash returned to Sun Studios in Memphis to team up with Roy OrbisonJerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins to create the album Class of '55 ; according to Hilburn, Columbia still had Cash under contract at the time, so special arrangements had to be made to allow him to participate.
After Columbia Records dropped Cash from his recording contract, he had a short and unsuccessful stint with Mercury Records from to During this time, he recorded an album of new versions of some of his best-known Sun and Columbia hits, as well as Water from the Wells of Homea duets album that paired him with, among others, his children Rosanne Cash and John Carter Cashas well as Paul McCartney.
A one-off Christmas album recorded for Delta Records followed his Mercury contract. Though Cash would never have another chart hit from Next In Line - Johnny Cash - Original Sun Sound Of Johnny Cash (CD) his death one of many older country acts to be derailed by changes in the industry that yearhis career was rejuvenated in the s, leading to popularity with an audience which was not traditionally considered interested in Next In Line - Johnny Cash - Original Sun Sound Of Johnny Cash (CD) music.
Cash was enthusiastic about the project, telling Langford that it was a "morale booster"; Roseanne Cash later said "he felt a real connection with those musicians and very validated It was very good for him: he was in his element. He absolutely understood what they were tapping into, and loved it".
The album attracted press attention on both sides of the Atlantic. Inhe sang "The Wanderer", the closing track of U2 's album Zooropa. According to Rolling Stone writer Adam Gold, "The Wanderer" — written for Cash by Bono, "defies both the U2 and Cash canons, combining rhythmic and textural elements of Nineties synth-pop with a Countrypolitan lament fit for the closing credits of a Seventies western.
No longer sought-after by major labels, he was offered a contract with producer Rick Rubin 's American Recordings label, which had recently been rebranded from Def American, under which name it was better known for rap and hard rock.
The album had a great deal of critical and commercial success, winning a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Cash wrote that his reception at the Glastonbury Festival was one of the highlights of his career. This was the beginning of a decade of music industry accolades and commercial success. On the same album, he performed the Bob Dylan favorite " Forever Young. Cash and his wife appeared on a number of episodes of the television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The album was produced by Rick Rubin with Sylvia Massy engineering and mixing.
Believing he did not explain enough of himself in his autobiography Man in Blackhe wrote Cash: The Autobiography in Induring a trip to New York City, Cash was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease Shy—Drager syndromea form of multiple system atrophy. Soon afterwards, his diagnosis was changed to Shy—Drager, and Cash was told he had about 18 months to live.
The illness forced Cash to curtail his touring. He was hospitalized in with severe pneumoniawhich damaged his lungs. June Carter Cash died on May 15,aged At the July 5,concert his last public performancebefore singing "Ring of Fire", Cash read a statement that he had written shortly before taking the stage:.
The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and Heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from Heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.
She's never been one for me except courage and inspiration. I thank God for June Carter. I love her with all my heart. Cash continued to record until shortly before his death. He was buried next to her in Hendersonville Memory Gardens near his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
During that time, the couple exchanged hundreds of love letters. They had four daughters: RosanneKathy, Cindyand Tara.
InCash moved his family to a hilltop home overlooking Casitas Springs, California. He had previously moved his parents to the area to run a small trailer park called the Johnny Cash Trailer Park. His drinking led to several run-ins with local law enforcement. Liberto later said that she had filed for divorce in because of Cash's severe drug and alcohol abuse, as well as his constant touring, his repeated acts of adultery with other women, and his close relationship with singer June Carter.
Their four daughters were then raised by their mother. Cash met June of the famed Carter Family while on tour, and the two became infatuated with each other. In13 years after they first met backstage at the Grand Ole OpryCash proposed to June, during a live performance in London, Ontario. They had one child together, John Carter Cashborn March 3, He was the only son for both Johnny and June.
In addition to having his four daughters and John Carter, Cash also became step-father to Carlene and Rosie ; June's daughters from her first two marriages. Cash and Carter continued to work, raise their child, create music, and tour together for 35 years until June's death in May Throughout their marriage, June attempted to keep Cash off amphetaminesoften taking his drugs and flushing them down the toilet.
June remained with him even throughout his multiple admissions for rehabilitation treatment and decades of drug addiction. After June's death inCash believed that his only reason for living was his music. Cash was raised by his parents in the Southern Baptist denomination of Christianity. A troubled but devout Christian,   Cash has been characterized as a "lens through which to view American contradictions and challenges.
Snow with outreach to people in the music world. A biblical scholar   Cash penned a Christian novelMan in White in and in the introduction writes about a reporter, who, interested in Cash's religious beliefs, questioned whether the book is written from a Baptist, Catholic, or Jewish perspective.
Cash replies "I'm a Christian. Don't put me in another box. He then sang, "Family Bible". He recorded several gospel albums and made a spoken-word recording of the entire New King James Version of the New Testament. Cash is credited with having converted actor and singer John Schneider to Christianity. Cash nurtured and defended artists such as Bob Dylan  on the fringes of what was acceptable in country music even while serving as the country music establishment's most visible symbol.
Cash himself appeared at the end and performed for the first time in more than a year. Two tribute albums were released shortly before his death; Kindred Spirits contains works from established artists, while Dressed in Black contains works from many lesser-known musicians. In total, he wrote over 1, songs and released dozens of albums. A box set titled Unearthed was issued posthumously. The set also includes a page book that discusses each track and features one of Cash's final interviews.
On April 10,during major renovation works carried out for Gibb, a fire broke out at the house, spreading quickly due to a flammable wood preservative that had been used. The building was completely destroyed. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top album chart for the week ending July 22, Prior to this, having been closed for a number of years, the museum had been featured in Cash's music video for "Hurt".
The house subsequently burned down during the renovation by the new owner. On November 2—4,the Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival was held in Starkville, Mississippi, where Cash had been arrested more than 40 years earlier and held overnight at the city jail on May 11, The incident inspired Cash to write the song "Starkville City Jail".
The festival, where he was offered a symbolic posthumous pardon, honored Cash's life and music, and was expected to become an annual event. The museum offers public tours of the bus on a seasonal basis it is stored during the winter and not exhibited during those times. A limited-edition Forever stamp honoring Cash went on sale June 5, On October 14,the City of Folsom unveiled phase 1 of the Johnny Cash Trail to the public with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Rosanne Cash.
Along the trail, eight larger-than-life public art pieces will tell the story of Johnny Cash, his connection to Folsom Prison, and his epic musical career. Ina new species of black tarantula was identified near Folsom Prison and named Aphonopelma johnnycashi in his honor. At the middle of the fifth inning, people in oversized foam caricature costumes depicting Cash, as well as George JonesReba McEntireand Dolly Partonrace around the warning track at First Horizon Park from center field to the home plate side of the first base dugout.
The festival honors Johnny Cash and explores the New Deal programs that shaped his childhood in Dyess. The festival includes a concert in the field adjacent to the Cash home and Arkansas roots music in the Colony Circle. On February 8,the album Forever Next In Line - Johnny Cash - Original Sun Sound Of Johnny Cash (CD) was announced, putting music to poems that Cash had written and which were published in book form in The nominations took place in early Crow, who had originally written and recorded the song inrecorded new vocals and added them to those of Cash, who recorded the song for his American VI: Ain't No Grave album.
In April,it was announced that the state of Arkansas would place a statue of Cash in the National Statuary Hall in an effort to represent the modern history of Arkansas. The Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinsonstated that Cash's contributions to music made him an appropriate figure to tell the story of the state.
In NovemberWalk the Linea biographical film about Cash's life, was released in the United States to considerable commercial success and critical acclaim. They both performed their own vocals in the film with their version of "Jackson" being released as a singleand Phoenix learned to play guitar for the role. Phoenix received a Grammy Award for his contributions to the soundtrack. John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny and June, served as an executive producer. On March 12,Ring of Firea jukebox musical of the Cash oeuvre, debuted on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theaterbut closed due to harsh reviews and disappointing sales on April Actor Lance Guest portrayed Cash.
The musical was nominated for three awards at the Tony Awards and won one. Robert Hilburnveteran Los Angeles Times pop music critic, the journalist who accompanied Cash in his Folsom prison tour, and interviewed Cash many times throughout his life including months before his death, published a page biography with 16 pages of photographs in Cash received multiple Country Music Association AwardsGrammys, and other awards, in categories ranging from vocal and spoken performances to album notes and videos.
In a career that spanned almost five decades, Cash was the personification of country music to many people around the world. Cash was a musician who was not defined by a single genre. He recorded songs that could be considered rock and rollbluesrockabillyfolkand gospeland exerted an influence on each of those genres. His contributions to the genre have been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Inhe was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the singer. For other uses, see Johnny Cash disambiguation. American singer, songwriter, and musician. Kingsland, ArkansasU. Nashville, TennesseeU. Singer songwriter musician actor. Vivian Liberto. June Carter. Country  rockabilly  rock and roll  folk  blues  gospel  outlaw country .
For detailed lists of music awards, see List of awards received by Johnny Cash. If there were a hall of fame for creating larger-than-life personae, Cash would no doubt have been elected to it as well. Part rural preacher, part outlaw Robin Hood, he was a blue-collar prophet who, dressed in stark contrast to the glinting rhinestones and shimmering psychedelia of the time, spoke truth to power.
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