Friday, June 24, 2011
Johnny Cash was one of the most popular country and western singers of the 20th century with a career spanning over fifty years and a repertoire of songs that included folk, gospel, blues, rockabilly, rock and roll and alternative rock.
His compassion for the down trodden, the criminal, "the ones who are held back" was reflected in his tales of crime, persecution, and redemption which he delivered in a deep, gravelly voice filled with conviction.
He became known as "The Man in Black" for his tradition of wearing all black during performances and earned an outlaw reputation for his brushes with the law, including a publicized drug habit, and lyrics that mused about how he "killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die."
Cash is one of the few musicians to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has also starred in numerous films, television shows, penned his autobiography
Cash is one of the few musicians to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has also starred in numerous films, television shows, penned his autobiography twice and collaborated with musical greats like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, U2, and producer Rick Rubin. His most important collaboration was with country singer June Carter, which earned him two Grammys and grew into a passionate love affair that led to a 35-year marriage.
Johnny Cash is remembered as a great storyteller, and one of the most influential artists of modern American music.