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
As part of an interview with Johnny Cash, the singer talk about a story that occurred during his first Christmas as a professional singer.
From rock 'n' roll to rap, Memphis, Tennessee is brought to you by Budweiser Made in America.
Budweiser Made in America is getting closer all the time as we explore the nation's most musically cultured cities. Now we hit Memphis, whose famous faces include everyone from Elvis Presley to Justin Timberlake.
Memphis, Tennessee has been a massive influence on musical culture since music charts began, with a range of artists frequently mentioning the great city within their own song lyrics; think Marc Cohn's 'Walking In Memphis', Chuck Berry's 'Memphis', Paul Simon's 'Graceland' and of course Alannah Myles' 'Black Velvet'. Thus, it's only right that Budweiser Made In America bring their documentary series to the great city to explore what Memphis is all about nowadays.
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Wait, can 'deep brain stimulation' make anyone like Johnny Cash?
Most of us can agree that Johnny Cash is one of the greatest recording artist of all time, right? Well for one 60 year old Dutch man it took a ‘deep brain stimulation’, before he fell in love with the man in black’s music. Mr B, as he’s known, was suffering from a very severe form of obsessive compulsive disorder, his condition was so extreme that doctor’s decided to try and treat him using deep brain stimulation.
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For the treatment, Mr B received stimulation targeted at his nucleus accumbens, the area of the brain which is believed to control how we perceive pleasure, but when it malfunctions, it can also be the cause of addictive and obsessive behaviours. Mr B had electrodes implanted into his brain for the procedure, which when connected to an external power source, sent patterned waves of electricity to help decrease his anxiety.
The soundtrack to Disney's 'Frozen' has now spent eight weeks at the top of the Billboard 200.
The soundtrack for Disney's smash-hit movie Frozen has continued its strong run at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 161,000 copies last week to bring its total to 1.8 million, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
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Billboard said 1.5 million of the soundtrack sales were from 2014, making it this year's biggest selling album so far - by an absolute mile. Beyonce's self-titled album that she released in December is in second with 604,000.
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We'll see you in line at this year's Record Store Day, bigger and better than ever.
The vinyl list has been released for this year's Record Store Day, which will be celebrated by 240 independent music shops throughout the UK with over 600 exclusive releases available. More big-name acts than ever before have lent their music to the unique event, which is designed to save the nation's record shops from the threat of online shopping and big corporations.
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Placebo, Green Day, Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Disclosure, Dinosaur Jr, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, The Flaming Lips, Elbow, Fleetwood Mac, Haim, Richard Hawley, and Johnny Cash represent just a handful of the most high profile LP or EP releases this year with an eclectic range of genres for music fans to flick through.
Date of birth
26th February, 1932