A Common Man: Johnny Cash Essay

Decent Essays
"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash", the well-known, traditional, and famous words used by Cash before every show he ever played. Johnny Cash was a musical icon who positively impacted not only country music, but other genres as well.
John R. Cash (Johnny) was born in1932 to a poor family in Kingsland, Arkansas. Born the fourth of seven children, Cash began working beside his siblings and parents on cotton fields at the age of five (Johnny Cash Columbia). This is where his musical influences began. His mother, Carrie Rivers Cash, would sing hymns and other inspirational music to her children while they would toil long, hot days farming cotton. Growing up in The Depression, times were tough, and the Cash family had to work to survive. Cash
…show more content…
Johnny Cash could have let his childhood affect him in a negative way or a positive way, but chose to let it be positive. He did not use the let the fact that he grew up in a poor family stop him from chasing his dreams. Cash, like Keith Urban said, was a wonderful example of following your dreams. Johnny quotes, “Success is having to worry about every d*mn thing in the world, except money.” (Johnny Cash – Biography) Growing up like he did, Johnny Cash knew the kind of life he did not want to have, and did everything he could to make sure he could provide better for his family. However, his adult life wasn’t always an easy ride, he encountered plenty of bumps on his rise to success. Around 1958, Johnny Cash started what would become a lifelong battle with drugs and alcohol that would get in the way of his music, and turned out to be the cause of the divorce of his wife with whom he had four daughters (Johnny Cash Biography). In 1965, Cash was caught trying to sneak amphetamines across the border of Mexico. (Johnny Cash Biography). However, this didn’t stop Johnny. His addictions continued and after an almost fatal overdose and close-call car accident, his wife had had enough. They were divorced, and Cash moved to Nashville. Here, he met June Carter (of the Carter Sisters) with whom he began recording and performing with. By 1967, Carter had served as a support and inspiration to Cash, and they were married in 1968. Following his
Get Access