On September 12, 2003, Johnny Cash passed away of complications from diabetes. The country music singer was only 71-years-old. However, his impact on music lives on! Let’s take a look back at his incredible career…
Johnny Cash was born on February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree. Luckily for Johnny, his mother began teaching him how to play guitar in his childhood. At the age of 18, Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served until he was honorably discharged in 1954. The following year, Cash signed with Sun Records, and his legendary career began later that year when he released his first single, “Hey Porter.”
While on tour, Johnny Cash stumbled upon his future wife, June Carter. Although he was married at the time, Cash could not ignore the bond he felt between June Carter and himself. After recognizing Johnny’s infatuation of June, his first wife Vivian Liberto filed for divorce. She also blamed the divorce on Cash’s drug and alcohol abuse. However, June Carter proved to be successful in stopping Johnny from living a life he would regret, “she has saved my life more than once. She’s always been there with her love, and it has certainly made me forget the pain for a long time, many times,” the country music singer once shared. “When it gets dark and everybody’s gone home and the lights are turned off, it’s just me and her.”
Sadly, June Carter passed away four months before Johnny, but not before the couple had released 5 albums together as well as 9 singles. As a solo artist, Johnny Cash recorded over 100 albums on top of 150 singles.
“Ring of Fire”
He is buried alongside June Carter at Hendersonville Memory Gardens in Hendersonsonville, Tennessee. Two of his five children, Rosanne Cash and John Carter Cash, became musicians in their own right. Rosanne is the child of Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto, and went on to become a singer-songwriter. John Carter Cash, the only child produced from of Johnny and June’s marriage, became a producer as well as a singer-songwriter.
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