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
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He puts music to the country star's poem 'You Never Knew My Mind'.
The ultimate posthumous meeting of artists has got our heartstrings all tangled in a knot as a new tribute to Johnny Cash sung by the late Chris Cornell is premiered on the radio this week. The latter puts two of the country star's poems to music in the sensational 'You Never Knew My Mind'.
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The contribution marks the first posthumous musical venture for the Soundgarden singer, who committed suicide in May 2017, and is set to appear on a collection of previously unrecorded writings of Cash entitled 'Forever Words'.
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Chris Cornell will make a posthumous appearance on an upcoming album paying tribute to the late Johnny Cash with a host of artists giving musical adaptations of his poetry and unheard lyric.
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In an announcement for the album - which will be released on April 6 - it's said the LP will consist ''of songs created from Johnny Cash's unknown poetry, lyrics and letters set to music by an astounding array of contemporary artists''.
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The country star is being remembered in a brand new documentary project.
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Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
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Because children love music too.
Everyone loves music, and for children it's an especially important medium. It shapes their childhoods, teaches them life lessons and educates them. That's why some of the music industry's biggest icons have jumped into the kids' genre to offer their own input - the latest being good old Dolly.
Dolly Parton - I Believe In You
1. Dolly Parton - She might be a household name, but this year marks the first time Dolly has ever released a children's album. 'I Believe in You' dropped in September on Dolly Records and RCA Nashville, and featured songs aiming to teach kids to respect others and nurture their own self-esteem. All proceeds from the sale of the album went to her Imagination Library charity fund.
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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.
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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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'Out Among the Stars', a lost collection of songs by Johnny Cash, set to hit shelves in March 2014.
A new album containing never-before-released songs by Johnny Cash is set to be unveiled under the title 'Out Among the Stars', including two duets with his wife June Carter.
The Inimitable Johnny Cash
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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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