Johnny Cash (born John R. Cash; February 26th 1932 - died September 12th 2003)
Johnny Cash was an influential American songwriter, as well as an actor and an author.
Johnny Cash: Net worth
Johnny Cash's net worth was estimated at $7 million by Forbes in 2005.
Johnny Cash: Childhood
Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas and was raised by his parents, Ray and Carrie Cash in Dyess, Arkansas. He was registered as JR Cash, as his parents could not decide on a name, only on initials. When he joined the US Army, however, they would not allow initials, so he was forced to adopt the name John R. Cash. When he started performing, he used the name Johnny Cash.
Johnny Cash had six siblings, of whom Tommy was also a successful country music artist. The Cash family's financial struggles inspired many of Johnny's songs, including 'Five Feet High and Rising' which depicted the tale of a flood on his family's farm. His brother Jack died after being pulled into a table saw and Johnny suffered tremendous guilt over the incident.
Johnny Cash: Music
Johnny Cash studied to become a radio announcer and at night, he would play guitar with Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins (known as the Tennessee Two). Cash eventually plucked up the courage to audition for Sam Phillips at Sun Records but was initially unsuccessful. Eventually, he won Phillips over and 'Hey Porter' and 'Cry Cry Cry' were released in 1955.
Johnny Cash became the first Sun Records star to release an LP, following the success of 'Folsom Prison Blues' and 'I Walk the Line'. With Elvis Presley having left Sun Records and Sam Phillips devoting much of his energy to Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash signed a lucrative deal with Columbia Records, with his single 'Don't Take Your Guns to Town' becoming one of his biggest hits.
In the early part of the 1960s, Johnny Cash toured regularly with the Carter Family. He later went on to marry June Carter. In 1961, Cash starred in a film entitled Five Minutes to Live, for which he also wrote the theme tune. The film also starred Ron Howard and Donald Woods.
Despite his burgeoning drug addiction at that time, Johnny Cash's music career went from strength to strength, with 'Ring of Fire' becoming a huge crossover hit.
He developed a compassion for prisoners which resulted in two successful live albums recorded in prisons: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and Johnny Cash at San Quentin.
In 1969, The Johnny Cash Show began airing on the ABC television network. The Statler Brothers opened every episode of the show, which also featured stars such as Louis Armstrong, Neil Young, Carl Perkins, Kenny Rogers and Bob Dylan. Cash also performed a duet with Dylan on Dylan's country album Nashville Skyline.
Johnny Cash's autobiography, Man In Black, was published in 1975 and sold over 1 million copies. However, his music sales were dwindling. At the age of 48 (in 1980), Johnny Cash became the youngest living inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Yet still, his impact on the country music charts was waning, despite tours with Kris Kristofferson, The Highwaymen and Willie Nelson.
In 1986, Johnny Cash teamed up with Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at Sun Studios in Memphis to record an album entitled Class of '55.
In the 1990s, Johnny Cash's career enjoyed a renaissance. This was due in part to his appearance singing vocals on 'The Wanderer' on U2's album Zooropa. The producer Rick Rubin approached Cash with the offer of a recording deal with his label American Recordings. With Rubin at the helm, Johnny Cash recorded American Recordings, which would rejuvenate his career and expanded into a series, which featured covers of songs written by contemporary artists such as Nine Inch Nails and Danzig. American III and America IV also reflected on his long-term illness, from which he died in 2003.
Johnny Cash: Personal life
Johnny Cash married Vivian Liberto in 1954 during his Air Force training. They lived in Memphis and had four daughters: Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy and Tara. They divorced in 1966 due to Cash's drug addiction and infidelity.
He married once again in 1968 to June Carter with whom he had one son named John Carter Cash. They often performed together on stage before June died in 2003. Johnny Cash passed away just four months later.
In his early career, he developed a dependance on amphetamines and barbiturates after sharing an apartment with Waylon Jennings. In the late 60s, he gave it up in favour of Christianity.
Cash was diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease Shy-Drager syndrome in 1997 with left him hospitalised and killed him six years later. He was buried near his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Johnny Cash has been portrayed by a number of people in film and theatre. Most notably, Joaquin Phoenix played him in the 2005 biopic 'Walk The Line'.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
A museum dedicated to late country music legend Patsy Cline is set to open in Tennessee.
The owner of the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville is planning to develop a venue featuring the Walking After Midnight singer's personal possessions, costumes, awards, letters, furniture and photographs right above Cash's exhibit. The space will also have interactive audio, touch screen video technology and a gift shop.
"Of all the artists in the history of country music, few are as recognised and as recognisable as Patsy Cline," Cash Museum owner Bill Miller says. "Despite the fact that she passed decades ago, her impact and presence are every bit as big today as ever. Her fans from around the globe will have a place to come and celebrate her life and legacy."
"Since the passing of our father last fall, this is our first step together in continuing to share Mom's music, life and story, as we feel Dad would have," reads a statement from Cline's daughter, Julie Fudge. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with and experience what Bill will present to old and new fans alike."
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Country music icon Loretta Lynn debuted new music during a performance at South By Southwest Festival on Thursday night (17Mar16) in Austin, Texas.
It was an unusual setting for the singer, who recently announced the release of a new album Full Circle, but a welcome one, as the musical veteran was warmly received by the youthful audience at restaurant Stubbs BBQ.
Lynn, 83, performed a brief set with her eight-piece group, with her daughter Patsy on hand at times to help her remember the lyrics, in a 40-minute performance which touched on the high points of her musical legacy.
Patsy helped Lynn out on song Everything It Takes, as her mother complained: “I wrote this damn song and I don’t know it!" reports Billboard.com.
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The spider was found near Folsom Prison in California.
He famously sung about a boy named Sue, but now there’s a new species of black tarantula named after the late, great Johnny Cash. The species was found near Folsom Prison in California which Cash immortalised in his 1955 song ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ and where he also recorded a live album in 1968.
Johnny Cash now has a spider named after him.
Aphonopelma johnnycashi, to give it its proper name is one of 14 new tarantula species recently discovered by biologists in the southern US. All are members of the Aphonopelma family.
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A newly-discovered species of tarantula has been named after late country music legend Johnny Cash.
The black spider was found near Folsom Prison, the California jail where Cash performed in 1968 and wrote the track Folsom Prison Blues.
It has been named Aphonopelma johnnycashi by biologists.
"It's found along the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada mountains, and one of the places that's there is Folsom Prison," researcher Dr. Chris Hamilton explained.
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Country Star Rosanne Cash Is Determined To Headline A Show At The Bataclan Theatre In Paris As Soon As The Venue Reopens Following Last Week's (13nov15) Terror Attacks On The City.
Terrorist gunmen stormed the building during an Eagles of Death Metal concert on Friday night and killed almost 90 music fans as part of a wave of violence that gripped the city.
The venue immediately became a crime scene after police ended the siege and it remains closed.
When the Bataclan does reopen for business, expect Johnny Cash's daughter Rosanne to be booked, as she's now desperate to return to the theatre, where she last performed over two decades ago.
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Country Legend Loretta Lynn Has Recruited Johnny Cash's Producer Son To Work On Her First Album In Over A Decade.
The Coal Miner's Daughter singer has signed a multi-project deal with bosses at Legacy Recordings and her first release under the new label will be titled Full Circle, which will hit retailers in March (16).
Lynn recorded the 14-track disc at the fabled Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash worked on much of their later material, and she hired their son, John Carter Cash, to co-produce the new songs.
Full Circle, which features a duet with Willie Nelson and a collaboration with Elvis Costello, promises to take fans "on a journey through Loretta's musical story, from the Appalachian folk songs and gospel music she learned as a child, to new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, to songs newly written for the project", according to a press release.
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Country Music Icon Johnny Cash And Superstar Miranda Lambert Have Been Added To The List Of Inductees To Nashville's Music City Walk Of Fame.
Music supercouple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood unveiled their stars last week (10Sep15), and now the late Cash and Lambert are set to receive their markers next month (Oct15).
Songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Cropper will also be feted at the ceremony.
Lambert has shared her gratitude for the honour in a statement which reads: "I am proud to join a heritage of other female inductees, such as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, Reba MCEntire, Emmylou Harris and Martina MCBride. This is a milestone moment that I will cherish forever.
Joaquin Phoenix has revealed he is unconcerned about winning the biggest accolade available to an actor in Hollywood.
Joaquin Phoenix isn't interested in Oscar glory.
The 40-year-old actor has enjoyed three nominations for 'Gladiator' (2000), 'Walk The Line' (2005) and 'The Master' (2012), and is widely accepted as one Hollywood's greatest actors - but confessed he doesn't give a second thought to winning at the annual Academy Awards.
He said: ''That doesn't mean anything. That's other people's idea of success. Whereas I still feel that I'm not satisfied.''
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Kid Rock Is To Host A Week-long Johnny Cash Tribute On U.s. Tv Network Cmt To Mark The 12th Anniversary Of The Country Music Legend's Death.
The network will be renamed Cash Music Television from 8-12 September (15) and longtime fan Kid Rock will front a series of special programmes and movies, beginning with biopic Walk The Line and featuring a Friday night tribute from today's country superstars.
The celebration of the Man in Black will culminate with the premiere of new film Johnny Cash: American Rebel, which features candid interviews with the late star's friends, family members and peers.
Cash died of complications from diabetes on 12 September, 2003, just months after the death of his wife June Carter.
Bob Johnston, The Producer Of Iconic Albums By Bob Dylan And Johnny Cash, Has Died At The Age Of 83.
Johnston, who worked in the music industry for more than 50 years, was being cared for at a hospice in Nashville, Tennessee, and he passed away on Friday (14Aug15), according to Billboard.com.
He was a former staff producer at Columbia Records, and soon went independent, working with the likes of Dylan, Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, and Leonard Cohen.
Johnston worked on six albums with Dylan in the 1960s and 1970s, including Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde and Self Portrait.
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Kelly Cutrone and Johnny Cash Tuesday 17th May 2011 CEO and founder of People's Revolution, Kelly Cutrone signing copies of her book,'Normal Gets You Nowhere' at Barbara's Bookstore in Macy's State Street store. Cutrone is New York Times bestselling author, television personality and mother.Her black painted cowboy boots are by designer,'Manual' who also designed boots for Johnny Cash. Chicago,Illinois
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Sun Studios and The Jam - Photo-Call at Sydney Opera House for the 'Ultimate Rock 'n' Roll Jam Session', starring James Blundell, Nick Barker, Doug Parkinson and Ezra Lee on piano, backed by the 'Sun Studio Trio' of Steve Hadley, Dave Folley and Shannon Bourne. Tuesday 15th February 2011 at Sydney Opera House Sydney, Australia
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