Johnny Cash By John R. Cash

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Johnny Cash was born J.R. Cash on February 26, 1932 to Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash. Cash moved to at the age of three and grew up in Dyess,Arkansas on a 20 acre cotton farm where he worked beside his family. He had very little education. As a child, John was very close with his older brother Jack. Jack died in May 1944 of a fatal saw mill injury where he was pulled into the saw head. Jack had suffered over a week before he died. Johnny had horrible guilt he felt from this incident. Cash said that he was looking forward seeing his brother in heaven. His music influences were traditional Irish music and gospel hymns. At the age of 12,he began writing songs and learned how to the guitar. As a teenager, he would sing on a local radio. In…show more content…
Some of his most famous songs were: "Folsom Prison Blues" (1956, Country Top 5), "I Walk the Line" (1956, #1 on Country Charts and Pop Top 20 ), "Don 't Take Your Guns to Town" (1958,became one of his biggest hits). Johnny and his first wife Vivian Liberto married one month after he was discharged in 1954. While he was in the Air Force, They sent back and forth many love letters. Vivian’s uncle performed the ceremony. Together they had four daughters Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy and Tara. His oldest daughter Rosanna is also a country singer. Vivian did not like Cash’s constant touring, drug and alcohol abuse,cheating with other women and his close relationship with June Carter . Which caused their divorce in 1966. They were married for only twelve years. Cash met June Carter backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1955. He performed with the Carter family in the early 60’s. In 1968, Johnny proposed to June on stage. They were married on March 1,1968 a week after he proposed. Together they had one kid, John Carter Cash. They were married until June’s death in 2003. Johnny died only four months later from complications from diabetes. It was said that he also died of a broken heart. Johnny Cash was also known as “The man in black”. He would a black suit to his concerts. At the beginning it was because it was the only color everyone in his band owned. But later on, Cash wore a long black knee-length coat instead

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