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Johnny Cash Biography

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The Man in Black
An individual can impact society in a positive or possibly negative manner and Johnny Cash definitely had an impactful life. He was born into a poor, nominal, farming family. Cash had a difficult childhood and his music surely inspired many. Although, he had a great career, he, no doubt, made many mistakes. He was certainly a leader, and, in the eyes of many, will always be.
John R. Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas on February 26th, 1932 when the Great Depression was well under way. He was born into a sharecropping family who grew cotton. When he was only three, Cash and his family moved from Kingsland to Dyess Colony, “a federal program that relocated able farmers to a cotton-farming cooperative in northwestern Arkansas.”
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“His star ascended higher still in 1958, when he departed from Sun Records and signed with Columbia Records...” (Biography In Context) Cash struggled with substance abuse, especially after his divorce with Liberto, which greatly affected his career. On the flip side of this, he married June Carter, in the spring of 1968, and she helped reform him. Later, he put out his first multimillion-selling album, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (1968). This album earned two Grammy Awards. The second prison album, Johnny Cash at San Quentin (1969), helped fuel his image as “...an unrepentant bad boy...” (Biography In Context) After that, he worked with his gospel, folk, and patriotic side. “...young audiences who had flocked to the Folsom and San Quentin albums did not appreciate his gospel and patriotic themes, forcing him to fall back on his core country audience.” (Biography In Context) In 1980, Johnny Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1985, he “...joined Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson to tour and record as the Highwaymen.” (Biography In Context) Shockingly, in 1986, Columbia Records refused to re-sign him to a record contract due to resurging drug dependence. Regardless, in 1990, Johnny Cash was then inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Providentially, Cash got a record deal with Rick Rubin. Rubin would help redeem Cash’s recording career and produce his last four
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