Remembering Johnny Cash
September 12, 2003 - Johnny Cash, a towering figure in American music spanning country, rock and folk and known worldwide as "The Man in Black," has died, according to hospital officials in Nashville, Tenn. He was 71. "Johnny died due to complications from diabetes, which resulted in respiratory failure," said Cash's manager, Lou Robin, in a press release issued by Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
The release said Cash died at the hospital at 1 a.m. EDT. He was released from Baptist on Wednesday where he had spent two weeks being treated for an unspecified stomach ailment.
Cash had battled a disease of the nervous system, autonomic neuropathy, and pneumonia in recent years and was once diagnosed with a disease called Shy-Drager's syndrome, a diagnosis that was later deemed to be erroneous.
Dozens of hit records like "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," and "Sunday Morning Coming Down" defined Cash's persona: a haunted, dignified, resilient spokesman for the working man and downtrodden.
Cash's deeply lined face fit well with his unsteady voice, which was limited in range but used to great effect to sing about prisoners, heartaches, and tales of everyday life. He wrote much of his own material, and was among the first to record the songs of Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson.
Cash said in his 1997 autobiography "Cash" that he tried to speak for "voices that were ignored or even suppressed in the entertainment media, not to mention the political and educational establishments."
Cash's career spanned generations, with each finding something of value in his simple records, many of which used his trademark "boom-chicka-boom" rhythm.
Cash was a peer of Elvis Presley when rock 'n' roll was born in Memphis in the 1950s, and he scored hits like "Cry! Cry! Cry!" during that era. He had a longtime friendship and recorded with Dylan, who has cited Cash as a major influence.
He won 11 Grammys - most recently in 2003, when "Give My Love To Rose" earned him honors as best male country vocal performance — and numerous Country Music Association awards. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
His second wife, June Carter Cash, and daughter Roseanne Cash also were successful singers. June Carter Cash, who co-wrote Cash's hit "Ring of Fire" and partnered with her husband in hits such as "Jackson," died in May 2003.
The late 1960s and '70s were Cash's peak commercial years, and he was host of his own ABC variety show from 1969-71. In later years, he was part of the Highwayman supergroup with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kristofferson.
In the 1990s, he found a new artistic life recording with rap and hard rock producer Rick Rubin on the label American Recordings. And he was back on the charts in with the 2002 album "American IV: the Man Comes Around."
He also wrote books including two autobiographies, and acted in films and television shows. In his 1971 hit "Man in Black," Cash said his black clothing symbolized the downtrodden people in the world. Cash had been "The Man in Black" since he joined the Grand Ole Opry at age 25.
John R. Cash was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Ark., one of seven children. When he was 12, his 14-year-old brother and hero, Jack, died after an accident while sawing oak trees into fence posts. The tragedy had a lasting impact on Cash, and he later pointed to it as a possible reason his music was frequently melancholy.
He worked as a custodian and enlisted in the Air Force, learning guitar while stationed in Germany, before launching his music career after his 1954 discharge.
Cash launched his career in Memphis, performing on radio station KWEM. He auditioned with Sun Records, ultimately recording the single "Hey Porter," which became a hit. "Folsom Prison Blues," went to No. 4 on the country charts in 1956, and featured Cash's most famous couplet: "I shot a man in Reno/ just to watch him die."
Cash recorded theme albums celebrating the railroads and the Old West, and decrying the mistreatment of American Indians. Two of his most popular albums were recorded live at prisons. Along the way he notched 14 No. 1 country music hits.
Because of Cash's frequent performances in prisons and his rowdy lifestyle early in his career, many people wrongly thought he had served prison time. He never did, though he battled addictions to pills on and off throughout his life. He blamed fame for his vulnerability to drug addiction.
He credited June Carter Cash, whom he married in 1968, with helping him stay off drugs, though he had several relapses over the years and was treated at the Betty Ford Center in California in 1984.
June Carter Cash was the daughter of country music great Mother Maybelle Carter, and the mother of singer Carlene Carter. Together, the couple had one child, John Carter Cash. He is a musician and producer.
Singer Rosanne Cash is Johnny Cash's daughter from his first marriage, to Vivian Liberto. Their other three children were Kathleen, Cindy and Tara. They divorced in 1966.
In March 1998, Cash made headlines when his California-based record company, American Recordings, took out an advertisement in the music trade magazine Billboard. The full-page ad celebrated Cash's 1998 Grammy award for best country album for "Unchained." The ad showed an enraged-looking Cash in his younger years making an obscene gesture to sarcastically illustrate his thanks to country radio stations and "the country music establishment in Nashville," which he felt had unfairly cast him aside.
Cash once credited his mother, Carrie Rivers Cash, with encouraging him to pursue a singing career. Cash lived in Hendersonville, Tenn., just outside of Nashville. He also had a home in Jamaica.
The following statement was issued today (Sept. 12, 2003) by manager of Johnny Cash, Lou Robin:
"In honor of the Cash families privacy during these times, the decision has been made to hold private - both the visitation and the funeral services. They wish to thank everyone for their prayers at this difficult time."
The following statement was issued today by the family of Johnny Cash:
"The family of Johnny Cash, in this sad hour, is greatly comforted by the outpouring of love and respect for his remarkable life. We also take solace in the knowledge that he is again reunited with his dearest companion, June. Our lives, and indeed the entire planet, will forever feel the emptiness of his loss, but his music and the greatness of his spirit will endure."
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Johnny Cash Laid to Rest
Johnny Cash was laid to rest Monday, September 15, 2003 following a two-hour funeral service that drew mourners from far and wide. More than a thousand people filled the church in Hendersonville, the town north of Nashville that Cash called home.
Those in the pews at the church included Travis Tritt, Hank Williams Junior, John Mellencamp, George Jones, Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Barbara Mandrell, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, members of Trick Pony, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Statler Brothers and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Randy and Earl Scruggs, Eddy Raven, actress Jane Seymour and husband James Keach, and actor Joaquin Phoenix -- who's set to portray Cash in an upcoming movie. Flowers from many, including Bob Dylan and actor Robert Duvall, adorned the front of the church, where Cash lay in an open casket.
Longtime friend Kris Kristofferson opened the service with remarks and a song, describing Cash as "a holy terror -- Abraham Lincoln with a wild side" and as a man "who represented the best of America." A video-montage of moments from Cash's career was followed by music from Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow -- Emmylou sang lead on "The Old Rugged Cross," then Sheryl took lead on Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand."
Reverend Franklin Graham, son of Cash friend Billy Graham, spoke...as did former senator, vice president and Tennessee native Al Gore, longtime manger Lou Robin, former producer Jack Clement (who read a poem written in 1991 called "My Friend the Famous Person"), one-time son-in-law Rodney Crowell, and Michelle Rollins -- a family friend who read a letter from the Prime Minister of Jamaica (where Cash and wife June had a home).
Larry Gatlin ended the service by introducing members of the Carter-Cash family, including the legend's brother, sisters and daughter Rosanne Cash, who choked up as she noted, "We mourn the loss of two connected beings, Johnny Cash and Daddy," adding, "I can almost live in a world without Johnny Cash because he will always be with us...[but] I cannot begin to imagine a world without Daddy." Gatlin led the family (with former son-in-law Marty Stuart and a couple of others on acoustic guitar) in singing a song called "Angel Band" to end the funeral.
The echoes of his tunes will reverberate forever -
Don Mathis - San Antonio, Texas - DMathis@trinity.edu
A great American is gone. The Man in Black www.toptown.com/hp/66/maninblack.htm will sing no more songs. But the echoes of his tunes will reverberate forever. Here's to Johnny Cash www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/.
In the 1960s, I was climbing the monkey bars and a song came on the radio from across the playground. For some reason, I thought of the men fighting in Vietnam when I first heard "Ring of Fire" www.lyricsondemand.com/.
Both my parents were from Arkansas. Johnny Cash grew up an hour down the road from my father's home town. Both had stories from the pines of southern Arkansas. Both had many stories about trains (see www.sciencefiction-thriller.co.uk/).
Sun Records in Memphis knew talent. In the 1950s, they recorded songs by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Roy Orbison, and many others www.wguides.com/city/62/150_68229.cfm. Only a few of those greats live on.
In the early seventies, my dad found humor in the tune, "One Piece at a Time" www.toptown.com/hp/66/onepiece.htm a song about an employee at an auto assembly plant. I shared his amusement.
I gained a whole new respect for Johnny Cash when my cousin played the "Live at San Quentin Prison" album. www.mysale.ca/sales/13899.html. Johnny Cash's compassion for the poor, the sick, the persecuted, has a message for everyone.
Years later, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash sang "Girl of the North Country," www.bobdylan.com/songs/girlnorth.html and my appreciation for both men increased.
Thirty years later, my son and I listened to "Rusty Cage" www.letssingit.com/, and another generation of fans of Johnny Cash was born.
Many were hit hard the day Elvis Presley died. Before that it was Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Or Janis, Jimi, and Morrison. "Dock of the Bay," released right after Otis Redding's final journey, epitomized the longing, the sorrow of his death. For some, the death of John Lennon was the day the music died. Today, I listen to half a century of music with a moral, with a message, and I mourn Johnny Cash.
- Don Mathis
"I Still Miss Someone..." Book Signing, 2/5/05
Photos: Johnny Cash Band Tribute Show, Nov. 10, 2003
Johnny Powers reflects on Johnny Cash on the Detroit News article.
Rick Rubin on Cash's Legacy.
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Johnny Cash Quiz
LaPorte, Texas U.S.A
Johnny Cash, The Man In Black, the greatest singer. He is my second cousin.
Evesham, Worcestershire.United Kingdom
Where to begin. I am trying to find a CD on which Johnny sings and talks about his and June,s visit to The Holy Land, its driving me crazy not being able to find it, can anyone help please ? I THINK it was on one of the CDs released about the same time as the film "I Walk the Line"
Can anyone help please ?
I have a Johnny Cash autograph which I got at a very small music store "Herby's" in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada where Johnny Cash was visiting.Ê I would love to know the year he was here.Ê I estimate late fifties.Ê Would anyone know?
Jacksonville Florida United States
Johnny Cash is a true icon. I have always loved his baritone sexy voice. If he had ever looked at me I know I would have FAINTED! So VERY HANDSOME. OMG!!!!
Strahan Tasmania, Australia
My Father had a racehorse named Johnny Cash. When Johnny Cash and June Carter were on tour in New Zealand in the late 60's , my Dad had our horse meet the singer in the Intercontinental Hotel in Auckland. We also went to the concert front row. An amazing experience I will never forget.
The greatest non rock'n'roller from the sun label, Johnny had the voice maybe only Warren Smith could come close to. Songs Johnny wrote and sang even Elvis could not have matched. Where from his thousands of songs do you start? Flesh and blood was brilliant but not well known, What is truth? But I think Hurt from his final album Cash is a great legacy. Johnny will allways remain a legend. A quiet rebel, but as in the western he made, unforgettable.
Iroquois Falls, Ontario, Canada
Been a Cash fan since I first hear him about 1955--Seen him twice in our end of the world in Timmins, On.., Best there's ever been, anyone know the Timmins dates?? JC
St. George, UT
I have been a big fan of Johnny Cash since I wore out my Orange Blossom Special album in 1965. Although I was more into the rock and folk music of the 1960s, I was still attracted to Cash's music because of his distinctive sound and the subjects he sang about. I saw Johnny in concert in 1966 in Toronto and was fortunate enough to go back stage and get his autograph. I do remember feeling overwhelmed by his performance and his charisma and I felt like I was walking on air for days afterward. Yes, he was "high", but nonetheless put on a great show.
I saw Cash again around 1969 or 1970 at Massey Hall where I had a front row seat!! I was not disappointed in him or in June, the Carter Family and the Statler Bros. It was a great show.
The only thing I regret is not making an effort to see him again, and again and again. I missed all those years, and only started paying attention to him near the end of his brilliant career with some of the later recordings with Rick Rubin. All six American Recordings albums are brilliant. Johnny Cash was a highly intelligent, compassionate, and creative human being. He defied convention all his life, stood up for people who are ignored and marginalized, supported young artists and stayed true to his principles. He sang his life, right up until the end. Just listen!!
carlo de maio
johnny cash number one and big man ...san quentin is much thank
you the man johnny
Waldron, AR USA
When I was younger I used to never listen to Johnny Cash. My dad and aunt loved his songs. I still don't really listen to them. But I had to write an 8 pg paper for my Arkansas History class and for some strange reason, I picked Johnny Cash. After doing some research and looking at info about him.. I realized I needed a lot more than 8 pages, everything I learned couldn't possibly fit in 8 pages. He made some mistakes in his life, but don't we all? I would've loved to be alive way back before I was born and possibly gotten to see him perform.
OKC, OK USA
#1 JOHNNY CASH IMPERSONATOR IN THE WORLD!
Mesa, Az, USA
I remember Johnny Cash playing at the Normana Hall in Everett, Wa. does any one remember the date or at least the year? I got his autograph that night from him.
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
I am a life long fan of Johnny, met him a couple of times in 1963 and 1969/70. I wrote a tribute a long time after he passed called "Boom Chika Boom" recorded by Rayburn Anthony also a Sun Records artist. Check it out on youtube.
Lake Arthur, N.M. 88253 email@example.com
I love Johnny Cash & his music. My Dad was stationed in Germany,in the same unit as Johnny Cash. He heard Johnny play the guitar and sing. When Johnny left the unit he didn't have room for his guitar in his duffle bag, so he gave the guitar to my Dad. My Dad put the guitar on top of the wall locker and when he left the unit he didn't have room for the guitar, so he left it there. When my Dad got home he was watching TV and saw Johnny Cash on some show and told my mother,"that's, that's, Johnny Cash" and my Mom said, yah he's a big star. My Dad said, "I'll be damned". My Dad was Milton Duane Palmer and I'm sure Johnny would remember the good times. So long everyone.
London, United Kingdom
I can't imagine what life used to be like before I started to listen to Johnny Cash, he is a massive inspiration to everyone. He may be gone... But he will never be forgotten! Rest in Peace Mr. Cash, you are the King of Country! I wish I could have met you, however when you died I was only 8 years old and I didn't know much about music until I got showed the way to great music such as yours.. And now I am 15 years old with the best music taste ever, because I listen to you! I miss you so much, and I never even met you.
Rest in Peace!
powhatan arkansas firstname.lastname@example.org I love johhny cash. I love his songs and his voice, and i love his story.
I love Johnny Cash! When I was 15 I rode a bus for 3 hours just to see him at the Ohio State Fair! I have seen him in concert 20 times and his show was always a great production. The last show I saw, he was singing with the Highwaymen and it was faboulous! His music always inspired me to be a singer/songwriter.
MEMPHIS TN. USA
I have 13 photos from the CASH family album. these are polaroid instant photos, very personal family shots. I have 13 but can get many more. Do they have any value?
Powys Mid Wales UK
I have only just found this web page. I am 66years old and I miss the Man In Black so much. I have most of his songs and would never part with them.
Its strange he is always in my mind, and maybe soon I will get to see him. Heavens gain is our loss. I would have loved to see his home, when is was very ill maybe I did but thats another story. God Bless you J.C I miss you. Katie B
Los Angeles, CA
What about his time with Paul Howard and the Arkansas Cotton Pickers?
Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA
I have a Cash collection for the serious fan, suit, jacket, stage shoes! This is not a spam or a joke, visit www.trishautographs.com to view these items.
PATRICK R. O'CONNOR
MASON, OHIO, UNITED STATES
YOU'RE A LEGEND, GOD BLESS AND REST IN PEACE.
hay, i love johnny cash
Surabaya, East Java - Indonesia
can't say nothing but....Johnny, i wish the world had another person like you.
downham market, england
I'm 37, i have loved listening to Johnny Cash since i was 5, and, god willing, i'll be listening until i'm 95. God blessed us by giving us Johnny Cash.
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Everett, WA, USA
What can I say that hasn't been said before? All I can add is that I worked for The House Of Cash and was always treated as one of the family. That was John's way. He and June always took care of us. God bless them.
Johnny cash was one of my 2 best friends. We grew up together and did almost everything with each other. We had many friends as teenagers.And some of them would go places with us at different times.We were never boared. We had each other .Our other friend is still living also and doing aell and lives in Bartlet, Tennesee. Johnny Cash will live forever in our hearts. God bless and thanks for reading. - J.E. Huff
onalaska texas usa
IT JUST DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN MR.JOHNNNY CASH ... THE WORLD HAS LOST A TRUE HERO ... THE GREAT JOHNNY CASH CAN NEVER BE REPLACED!!
I've not listened to Johnny Cash alot, just a few songs. But when I first time heard the song 'Hurt', I went totally quiet. I kept listening to the song and I couldn't even say anything because it was so awesome. I wish Johnny hadn't left us yet, so I could've had a chance of listening him live. Rest in peace, Johnny Cash. You are no longer with us in a person but will always stay in our hearts.
Strictly Cash, the Johnny Cash tribute band
Life can be a lonely path
When we have to walk alone
When we can't share the burden
When we take the long way home.
Better Times Wil Come ... Strictly Cash.
John, sometimes you took the long way home, and inspired us all. Thank you. www.strictlycash.net
middletown ohio butler
johnny cash is my favorite singer. i love everything about his music. it jus breaks my heart knowing i will never meet him in real life ... rip mr johnny cash
I grew up listening to Johnny Cash, and I still love to hear his music today. He always appeared to be a great man.
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Regina, Sk, Canada
The Cash man, The man in black, The Late Great Johnny Cash. A rockabilly legend for sure. He had a Baratone voice with lots of power and timbre. We miss you Johnny,hope you're playing music in heaven. Stay cool, CoryCat
Grand Cayman Cayman Islands
Johnny's story is one of the most inspiring. After watching Walk the line, I had to have it on DVD. He realy is truly a legend.
Johnny Cash has been a hero to me since I started to listen to him. I love him and his music. Rest in Peace, Johnny we will always love you and miss you.
Newcastle NSW Austraila
Johnny was my hero i still listen to his music most days.
he was a man.
Let's keep the music alive.
Birtedalen Fyresdal Norway
Johnny Cash is the best artist who has ever lived.
i realy loved johnny.
Timmins Ontario Canada
(Shania Twains home town)
Thank you for adding my comments about Johnny Cash on your site. I'm 66 years old and I'm still picking for Johnny as best as I can. I sing my Johnny Cash Song whenever I can and trying to keep his memory alive for as long as I can.
I live in Ireland, Cash is an icon second to none.
Paul Henry (Dallaire)
I wrote THE JOHNNY CASH SONG FOR John and recorded it the day he died. I wrote the last verse on the way to the studio. You may hear the song at www.johnnycashsong.com God bless Johnny Cash. Paul Henry. I was hoping to sing it to him in person sometime but I guess I waited too long.
I've always from my childhood been JOHNNY CASH FAN. I was 19.09.1995 in Turku, JOHNNY CASH WAS there then, I don't ever forget this date and great evening. Greetings: I still miss someone. God Bless you: as Johnny said always.
cape breton, new waterford, nova
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my name is james a fahey. im 10 years old. i live in cape breton nova scotia, new waterford. I love JOHNNY CASH he is my favorite singer :) johnny cash inspired me into his famuse music. johnny cash was a good hearted man. My entire family grew up listining to his music which caught on to me immeditly. :) i have lots of his cd's and two of his movies which i listen to every night before i go to bed. :) the sound of the man in black is like no other. :) i like to perform johnny cash in front of my family and sometimes my mom pertinds to be june carter cash. :) i countinue to learn about johnny cash, in fact im doing a project on him. :)
Claudio de Andrade
Rio de Janeiro/Brasil
God bless Johnny Carter Cash.
Vancouver, BC Canada
It's hard to put into words how you feel about a man you never knew but who you grew up admiring and wanting to be just like him. The Man in Black, the musician, the man, the loving husband to a devoted wife. Johnny Cash for me will always be the purest definition of cool. Rest In Peace Mr. Cash, you will never be forgotten and there will never be another like you. God Bless.
Tulsa Oklahoma USA
Johnny Cash made a lot of music in his life. He performed songs using his own style which I always respected. He was a great among greats in Country Music.
Probably the most useful thing to a fan of 50s country music is to have one of its biggest stars as a penfriend. And Ginny Wright who actually retired from the music business the year Cash cut his first single is more than a penfriend - she became my best friend and I stayed with her a couple of times in Georgia. Which is when I put up her website on Yahoo. Ginny has specialist knowledge of the country music scene of the first 50s and 60s. She made sporadic comebacks to cut new singles and after her hits on the Fabor label she recorded for Chart and a number of vanity labels with an album issued in the 80s on Jack Gale's Playback label Ginny made her name at the Louisiana Hayride and was there the night Elvis made his debut in October 1954 when his 2nd single was out.
Johnny Cash was my hero and has been for more than 30 years. The memory of the "Man in Black" will live on for years to come. Rest in Peace Johnny.
I was raised up on johnny cash and if his life was anyway the Hit Movie: WALK THE LINE he was deffently one of akind. I have truely been inspired by him and his music and his love for june. He is deffently one of a kind. 12/20/07 - Respectfully, Deni Speaks
a e tolhurst
From i walk the line to hurt his music marked the heartbeat of my life. when he sang it was directly to you. as a member of the johnny cash appreciation society in the uk my pal and i met him after a concert in newcastle upon tyne in the mid sixtys. johnny asked my friend how far we had travelled to the show that night. 14 mile said my starstruck compadre. shoot boy we spit that far in arkansas, was the man in blacks reply.
MBORO SENEGAL WEST AFRICA
JOHNNY IS THE COUNTRY LEGEND.
SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI USA
EVEN THOUGH I AM ONLY 27 AND WAS NOT AROUND TO KNOW THE TRUE GREATNESS OF MR CASH'S MUSIC, HE IS A LEGEND IN MY MIND AND IN MY HEART. I COULD BE IN THE WORST MOOD AND HEAR A JOHNNY CASH SONG AND IT BRIGHTENS MY DAY. I EVEN WANT TO GET A TATTOO AS A TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH ON MY BACK OF OF HIS FACE.
Milford, Michigan USA
For my leadership class, we were asked to pick our favorite famous leader. And out of the thousands in this world, I chose Johnny Cash. His music is amazing. Everytime my mother and I here "the ring of fire" we sing it together. You will be greatly missed Johnny, and you will never be forgotten. Love, Heather
Kankakee, Il usofa
I grew up listening to Johnny, his music blended into my life like it was my own. His unique voice was a comfort to me in bad times. It's like he sung my life.
Hello - I'm Clive John. We have the best Johnny Cash tribute show in the world. We are (on November 30th) going to record a dvd and cd of a show we are doing. When it's done can we send it to you? (johnnycashroadshow.com)
Sherburne, NY 13460
i think johnny was the king along with hank williams
Fort Worth Texas USA
I am a Johnny Cash fan, too. I like Johnn Horton, too. I like all the Songs of Yesterday, too. They don't make Music like that No More ...
Pikeville, TN United States
Johnny Cash is my hero and i believe he was the greatest man alive besides Jesus.
Victoria is writing this
Simpsonville, South Carolinia
i love johnny cash with all my heart, i was going to marry him but then he turned me down. so now i date a man named james who cheated on me, and the song ring of fire got me through all my hard times. i love you johnny!
Paul, Idaho, U.S.A
Me and my boyfriend Love Johnny Cash
I wish i was around to meet you. You will always live on in peoples hearts. God Bless from all the family.
Salmon Arm BC, Canada
I love his music. I also play guitar and play mostly his songs because his rythme and beat and strumming patterns are really easy to learn and I can sing just like him. I love the songs "Folsom Prison Blues," "Sunday morning coming down," "Rusty cage," "Cocaine Blues," and a lot more. I have a copy of "Walk the Line" movie too I could watch it over and over and never get bored. btw im 19 yrs old and I love in the movie how he moved to a town with nothing and worked hard and got somewhere in his life. I will be playing his songs until the day I die. I never met johnny cash but I love his music.
Princeton, Tx, USA
He made a difference in music. John made it what it is today. And he left it that way.
I LOVE THE WAY JOHNNY CASH SINGS. I LIKE IT SO MUCH THAT I WANT TO BE A COUNTRY SINGER JUST LIKE HIM. I EVEN WENT OUT AND BOUGHT AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND I THINK I GOT ALL OF HIS SONGS, BUT ONE THING, IF YOU READ THIS, PLEASE TIP BACK WHO EVER YOU ARE.
lancaster, pa. 17603
MR. CASH AND HIS WIFE JUNE CARTER CASH AND FAMILY WERE THE PIONEERS OF COUNTRY MUSIC, THEY WERE THE LEGENDS AND THE ONES THAT TAUGHT US WHAT COUNTRY MUSIC SHOULD BE. MAY THEIR MUSIC ECHOE HERE AND IN THE WALLS OF HEAVEN. MITZI MENGER
Johnny Cash Is one of the best country singers. He's an inspireing to me because he had to fight to get his life right and that shows me a lot.
alfred st cyr
winnipeg manitoba canada
I remember listening to I WALK THE LINE back in the middle fifties and tuning to different station hoping to hear Johnny Cash songs over and over again. Johnny Cash is the tallest largest and most paramount monument of country music. Johnny Cash has entertained me since 1956 like no other country music singer. Johnny Cash is now the tallest tree in the Garden of Eden and still entertains, Johnny Cash his songs will live on to eternity. God bless Johnny Cash
Bostic, NC USA
With the relaease of Walk the Line and upon reading Johnny Cash's autobiography, my cousin and myself formed The Folsom Prison Gang. We are a Johnny Cash Tribute Band. We aren't an impersonator as it were, but, we are a tribute to the music of Johnny Cash. After seeing the movie and especially after reading the book I could see and hear that he wrote and sung from the heart. That is what made him noteworthy to me. His songs for the most part were fairly simple and easy to play or sing, but they were good and memorable, and that in my opinion is what matters most. Here is our website if anyone is interested in looking. http://www.thefolsomprisongang.com/index.php
JOHNNY CASH .... HE'LL NEVER DIE ...
Davey L Arell
Johnny was the best country western singer ever. No one will ever come close to giving us what he did, in songs,inspiration,and someone to really look up to and believe in. I wish I could have met him, I was just to busy in my own life experiences, but he still left his influences on me. Johnny, along with Kris, Waylon,and Willie were one of the best groups ever. I wish I had any of the Highwaymen albums. They were fantastic. I have Ring of Fire (album), Johnny live at Folsom (album), and Johnny live at San Quenton (album). Love u Johnny - R.I.P.
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash Rock
Harrison, AR USA
I've loved Johnny Cash as far back as I can remember. I'm still a big fan of his and always will be. I was blessed to see and talk to him about four times over the years. I was very sad when he passed away ... Nathan Rushing
Brighton Sussex England
We're a Johnny Cash Tribute band and the man saved my life without even knowing it so i figure i want to give him something in return after all he gave to me. God bless that man. Tony Cash
i love johnny cash june cash
rutherford nc usa
johnny cash rocks, he's the best country singer in the world
newtownbutler fermanagh ireland
jhonny cash is loved by every 1, were i live you would'nt belive it
pasadena ca los angeles
to jonny cash i am not much music person. i learned about art when i heard [i walk the line]. i wish i had a father like that. the only way i get up to go to the salon and started film acting your poster and music and god i feel to powerful loving spritis are helping me thank you. really i am not crazy. scars heal, never leave
johnny cash left a hole in my heart and when the film "walk the line came" out i jumped for joy a film about johnny cash and i must admit he is a very good singer and i watched it about 30 times and it has only left me emotional. R.I.P
johnny cash the "man in black".
Hanging Tree Records
From Country Music DJ.Dann Hansen. I have been a fan of Johnny Cash since his very early beginning in 1955, where my pocket money been saved to buy his Sun records singles, a 10 year old boy as got his first favorite singer, in case of Johnny Cash voice sounded like a coal cellar, as in my ears was the best ever heard. Johnny has been my fan since, and I think my LP collection by his songs cover it all. Johnny painted my life and has been a very big loss since he went away, but his music will live forever. R.I.P. Johnny & June The Ring Of Fire is still burning. A&R Director on Hanging Tree Records Dann Hansen.
birmingham, west midlands, uk
the man in black, what a legend. the song hurt just gets me everytime.
JOHNNY CASH WAS A LEGEND. THERES NO OTHER WORD FOR HIM.
Miami, FL USA
I use to hear Jonny singing since I was a little girl, being that my father has always being a great fan of Johnny and I totally love him. I bought the movie for my daughters, since they love musical and my eldest can't get enough of it she knows all the songs and see's the movie at least 3 times a week. We love you Johnny ...
I met Gene several times when he was over here. i have his autograph above my fire place. he signed a programme for me at the Granada cinema in Bedford. I met him in a dressing room at the hamersmith palace in london when my wife was with me. she was pregnant with our first born. I told gene who recognised me as I had been right in front at many gigs. I will call the baby after him if it was a boy, and if it was not would he name her. he sat back in his chair and said, he had never been asked that before and said he liked the name Sheri. She is called Sheri jo and she sings in a band with me. I loved Gene he was the best. Paul J
Keiser, Ar. USA
while living in the nashville area as a picker met both JR' and Mrs. June, both always will never be forgotten. Life has taken two of America's top people away. someday soon we all shall stand in the glory of the lord'. Amen
NSW AUSTRALIA LISMORE
johnny cash is a living legend.
Hi: I discovered the great Johnny Cash back in 1960 listening to AFN radio station from Frankfurt, Germany and "Stickbuddy Jamboree" hosted by his brother Tommy. I fell in love with that great rock-a-billy and hill-billy sound. His music is the heart and soul of America, the soil of that land, the white man's blues. One of the greatest storylellers and charismatic artists ever. I am so proud to have the DVD copy of his 1987 concert in Sopot, Poland. By the way I need so badly that German doc. film "The AFN story". Rest in peace Johnny. We miss you. Your faithful life long fan in Poland - Miroslaw Desperak
This was a man who played a great part in my child hood as my dad used to play his music until I went to sleep or just to calm me down if I was upset. He will live forever in his music. I only wish I could have met him to thank him for having the right song to help me through my younger years, Thank you Mr Cash. Lots of love and admiration, Catherine
I ALWAYS LIKED JOHNNY. I LOVE HIS MUSIC. I AM DOING MY YOUNG AUTHOR BOOK ON HIM.
we like your music!
I love Johnny's music as well as the man, I listen to him everyday and he still get a chill, I was never able to see him live, a disappointment, which is hard to bare. Still my life goes on and I hear his music and see him on DVD as he has given us all a lifetime of entertainment. God Bless.
richard j. baran
alden, 14004 USA
A long, long time ago ... 70's ... I sat on johnny's deck with my wife. we were only 18 or 19 yrs. old? we took the tour bus out of Nashville to see the sites. then took our car back to see if we could "SEE" a 'STAR'. well we got back to the Cash house and just walked around (the gates were open) ... took a picture of my wife on the deck. I have a Pic in front of the security gazebo. missin'the man, Rich
i just watced the movie johnny cash and it was the best movie i have seen, specialy the drunk part were june throws the beer bottles at johnny cash and the band.
Somonauk Il usa
Johnny Cash, will always be a legend in the hearts of his many fans. Although i never met him there is a special meaning to all his music. If you listen to it closely you will feel as though he is talking to you and problems or relationships in your life that you have had are written into his music which proves we are all the same. God rest johnny Cashs soul and his spirit will live on through his music we listen to and enjoy every day!
Hornhill near London UK
Johnny Cash was a ledgend. His musical ability was amazing and he will be remembered for many years to come. Johnny's music is so inspirational and completely took my breath away.
I HAVE A FRIEND BY THE NAME OF DON DEAL WHO LIVES OUTSIDE OF BRANSON, MO WHO USE TO WORK SOME ROAD SHOWS WITH JOHN BACK IN 1956 OUT IN CALIFORNIA AND DON HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND TO ME EVER SINCE 1956 WHEN HE WAS ON "ERA RECORDS" OUT IN HOLLYWOOD, CA. HANK COCHRAN AND DON USE TO COME IN WHERE I WAS PLAYING ROCK-A-BILLY MUSIC AND LISTEN TO US PICK & GRIN BACK IN THOSE DAYS BEFORE COUNTRY MUSIC GOT BIG IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS. WE HAD TO PLAY A LOT OF ROCK & ROLL BACK IN THE 50'S. CARL PERKINS DID ALOT OF PICKIN' FOR DON WHEN THEY WOULD GO ON TOUR. DON'S WEBSITE IS: www.DonDeal.org if you want to read about his Artist Bio. Rest In Peace John.
Shelby Eddington and Ashley Russell
Sincerly your #1 fan Shelby Eddington
Minerva Ohio USA
My dad is John Carter Cash's best friend!!! And he knew everything there was to know about Johnny Cash ! My Grandma and Grandpa said when Johnny Cash walked up through their yard it was just this really tall man just dressed in black and black sunglasses!! My dad said that he was a great person to have around !When John Carter Cash and my dad were little they said they used to look for bigfoot ! And I wish I would have been older so that I could get with Johnny Cash and talk to him but he has passed atleast I get to talk to his son though and you guys think that Johnny Cash is amazing you need to meet his son !! John Carter is the nicest man I have personally ever meant !!! And I will always look up to John Carter Cash!! I will think of his dad ALWAYS-he is in my heart!!
nashville tenn 37206
I love growing up in that house. Thank for all the great time . I will you and june so much you was like a mother and daddy to me .
he was a great singer and will be remembered always along with his wife june carter cash.
fyresdal telemark norway
Johnny Cash is the best music player ever!
1969 cr 313w Tyler Tx 75706
my son is 24-yr. he loves Johnny Cash when he was 1-yr. he would not sleep at night unless I played ring of fire. he has been trying for years to go see Mr cash but never got to. if I could find more photos of Mr. cash I would print them out for my son. the only CD's he plays in his Truck are Mr. Cash. the ring tone on his cell-phone is Hurt. and that is how my son feels now that Mr Cash is gone but not in my son's heart. Thank You for this web site.
STOCKTON, CA, UNITED STATES
I WAS HOPING TO GET A LETTER FROM ONE OF J.R CASH'S KIDS. TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM I AM DOING A BIOGRAPHY ON HIM AND I WOULD REALLY WANT TO KNOW. PLEASE
Thanks it was just great!
san jose CA
wow. just wow. johnny cash was an amazing man that i wish i was fortunate enough to meet. He was and still is an american icon that i and many other people will continue to look up to for generations. Not only was his story inspiring, but the music was also fantastic beyond belief. RIP johnny.
we will miss johnny cash, his music never gets old for a man to have made music 40 plus years ago and i wasnt even thought of. that says alot. the more i listen and see the shows on dvd and the movie i wish i could have seen him live and would give anything to have been around in those days. we miss you, you made country music and when you died country hasn't been the same. what they call country music is not what you sang was.
Port Alberni, B.C, Canada
I'm only 15 And I have been Lisning To Johnny Cash My Whole Life. Johnny Cash Was A Really Good Man His Music Touched The Hearts Of Working Folk And It Even Helped People Get Passed Hard Times In There Lives. His Music Is timeless You Can Listen To His Music In 20, 30 Years And It Would Still Touch People. There is No One Out There Like Him He Is The Best Ever. R.I.P JOHNNY CASH, Never Forget You.
oldbar, wa usa
I am looking for a Johnny Cash impersonator for my sons 10th birthday it is march 25. He so much enjoys him and always wishes that he could have heard him sing this is the best i could do as he passed before my son had a chance to make his dream come true. please help me if you can. Thank you for your time and help. Lisa Gordon.
Tamborine Mtn Queensland Australia
I've played Johnny Cash records all my DJ life. Johnny's music was a unique component of both popular and country music formats. I believe he attained a most high point in the latter part of his career, what with The Highwaymen, and CD releases. John, we all believed your music because you were always real. We identified with the songs you sang. I'd like to thank you for more than just the music - your greatness & presence always shone through, no matter the role. Rest easy Johnny - and thank's. Ric Melbourne
I didn't start paying any attention to his music untill my boyfriend told me to listen to it and that is all i have playing right now b/c I thing it is the best thing. I even cryed during his movie and i don't even know why, I just think he was an awsome guy!:)
são paulo, sp, brazil
GRANDE CANTOR COM MARAVILHOS HISTÓRIA!
oil city, pa usa
i lOVE JOHNNY CARTER CASH!! His music is legendary and all of his songs are on my MP4!!
Hi my name is niamh. i think that johnny cash was great singer and song writer and really i would just like to say that his songs are just so brilliant and here's to you john.
york, sc usa
Gene Vincent was one great artist! I used to bug Dick Biondi then at WHOT in Youngstown Ohio to play Gene all the time. I loved him and the Blue Caps. Finally got to meet him at a show in Youngstown my mom even went with me. She loved the show. Paul Peeks and Johnny Meeks and his wife were just great to us. Gene is gone but his music will always live on.
kingwwod wv usa
i did some prison time and johnnys music got me thru it. i love his music and his message. his music speaks to people. there never will be another johnny cash. no not even close.
belo horizonte, mg, brasil firstname.lastname@example.org jhonny cash era o kra e june cater era linda os dois c mereciam ... bjão hahaa
I love your song cocaine blues! you inspire me to play my guitar everyday. i love it how you donated to a lot of charities.
eldona, Co America
I would just like to say that Johnny Cash was the shit. He was a really cool guy and if I could meet him today i would probably die or faint. He was so full of energy and i love that about him. His wife, June Carter Cash was so beatiful also.
Lomira, WI U.S.
Johnny Cash was stunningly good-looking when he was young and the sound of his voice is the most beautiful singing voice I've ever heard.
Phoenix, Arizona 85033
I ADMIRE JOHNNY CASH BECAUSE HE WENT THROUGHT SO MUCH BUT YET HE STILL MADE IT TO THE TOP AND NOW HE IS KNOWN FOR HIS GREAT SONGS AND LOVE FOR HIS WIFE JUNE CARTER CASH.
Gardencity Idaho USA
I'm able to say that I grew up with all his songs and enjoyed all of them. I hope to meet him someday, and hear him sing the rest of his repertoire.
colchester essex uk
What a lovely movie. I am glad Johnny and June finally got to be together.
I GREW UP LISTENING TO JOHNNY CASH AND LOVED ALL OF HIS AND JUNE SONGS, MOST OF THEM MADE ME CRY. THE MAKING OF THE MOVE OF JOHN AND JUNE CASH WASH THE BOMB, THERES NOT A WORD OUT THERE TO USE FOR THE MOVE (IT WAS GREAT) THOSE PEOPLE STAR IN IT WAS WONDERFUL TOGETHER. THE COULD NEVER BE ANOTHER JOHNNY AND JUNE CASH, THERE'S ONLY 1 JOHNNY AND 1 JUNE CASH. THEY ARE DEEPLY LOVED AND MISSED HERE IN BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA. WE LOVE U, JOHNNY AND JUNE CASH
grandville, michigan united states
johnny cash is a folk rock and country legend. i seriously believe that rock wouldn't be like it is today without the help of the johnny, elvis, jerry lee lewis and the beatles. i am only thirteen and addicted to the steady sound of johnny cashs low rumbling voice. he lives in my heart and soul. JOHNNY CASH LIVES ON!
Brooklyn NY Kings
Hi, I am JAY R BE A STAR ENTERTAIN, I Do Karaoke Shows and I do sing Jhonny Cash songs not all just a few, to me the Man in black with his up's and down's. made a great contribution to music along with his lovely family, Rest in Pease, Long live the memory of the MAN IN BLACK. Sincerely Jay R.
pacific missouri U.S.A
hi, well ya i dont no wat im soposed to ask u, so ya wat was johnny cash bad side and why did he go to prison, and my teacher said that i have to write about his bad side.
tiffany rose nickell
zanesville, ohio muskingum email@example.com dear johnny cash. i love every song u wrote and so as june and my b/f play ur song on a guitar and i sing all ur song with me and my b/f play long legged pickin gutiar man. love that song also going to jackson to and i hople every thing is good up there and u to june
hi, i recently viewed the jonny cash film with a friend, i thought it was a great story of his life, but does anyone know what happened to his children from his 1st wife ... thanks.
kannapolis, north carolina
Johnny Cash will always remain the greatest singer songwriter in america and will remain a legend throughout all times and even young people listen to Johnny cash's words and music.
nova scotia canada
I believe Johnny Cash is the greatest of all times.
Johnny Cash stands alone...there is no other! He was, is and always will be the greatest! You are free to sing an eternity for the Lord Jesus now Johnny!
Hola, lamentablemente no hablo ingles pero disfruto inmensamente la musica de Jhonny y June cash, pienso que dedicaron su vida con mucha pasion a la musica Country, su estilo me fascino.
BUFFALO, NY 14220
JOHNNY CASH HAS BEEN AN INPIRATION TO ME SINCE I WAS 9 YRS OLD. I AM A JOHNNY CASH IMPERSONATOR. I ENJOY SINGING HIS SONGS AS A STREET PERFORMER. TO ME JOHNNY CASH WAS THE GREATEST. HE WAS ONE OF A KIND MAGICAL PERSON WHEN HE WENT ON STAGE ....
tpa, fl, usa
nancy L. smith
HE WAS THE BEST COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER, EVER
holmdel, new jersey usa
I fell in love with "Walk the Line" Johnny and June Cash rock! they set an example of living, loving and what life is all about when two people really care about one another. I wish I had a man who loved me with every fiber of his being. To John and June up in heaven. God keep you forever in his loving care ...
Johnny Cash is the greatest singer that i think will ever have walked this earth, truly the heart of country singing My parents were fans since they were teenagers and i will always be a fan. What an inspiration he was for all of us. I love the movie "WALK THE LINE". I think about him everytime i visit Nashville or hear his inspiring songs. You will be missed by many JOHNNY CASH - "rest in peace"
norway firstname.lastname@example.org i loved johnny. a great man.
Best song writer ever!
Hodgenville Ky USA
My brother and I were lucky enough to see one of our heroes, MR. JOHNNY CASH in concert. What a night is was for us. All the old records, living and breathing in front of us. It was an incredible evening. Not long after that concert Mr. Cash began to have health troubles and we feel so lucky to have seen the concert. We do a tribute to Johnny Cash in our concert act. Of all the tributes we do, Cash always brings down the house. His popularity is like that of Elvis. Thank you Johnny Cash from www.elvisandmeatloaf.com We will always be fans of yours, signed The Perkins Brothers
john cash was a good man but those drugs messed up his life
st3 7lb England
I first heard Jonny Cash in the 1960's and loved his tv shows where he would sing songs and tell you his life story. That earthy voice was magestic to listen to and still is for me. What ever the mood when I hear a Jonny Cash intro to a song it pick's me up if I'm low! ... it has that affect, I love his music. Thanks for all the good times Johnny god bless you.
I love Jhonny Cash music...please inform me...!!!
Whichita Falls, Texas
I first met Johnny Cash at a pool hall in a little town about 25 miles from Lincoln, Nebraska. I'm going to tell you right now, the Johnny Cash you see on TV IS the Johnny Cash you get. I was playing down at that pool hall and here comes Johnny Cash. Johnny and I sang some songs together, and I will never forget that day. I love Johnny Cash. He is the greatest Musician that has ever lived. period.
JOHNNY CASH WAS THE GREATEST COUNTRY SINGERS EVER. HE HAD SUCH A HARD LIFE UNTIL THE CARTERS FIXED HIM UP. THERE IS KNOW OTHER BETTER COUNTRY SINGER THAN JOHNNY CASH. EVERY ONE WILL MISS HIM. HIS SPIRIT IS UNCHAINED!
Johnny Cash was a man's man. His music and spirit will never die. The MAN IN BLACK Lives On.
Las Vegas, Nv. USA
Thanks for showing us how to work through pain!
Copperas Cove TEXAS USA
I didn't even know Johnny Cash was a man tell I watched the movie walk the line, I did research and stuff about him and my sis even did a report about June Carter, I love all his songs, they are so cool i sing them everyday! IF he was still alive it would be my dream to meet him and i am only nine .... so he died when i was ... I forgot when he died, sorry!!
deloris kay bailey
bluff tenn 37618
Always a fan!
Bruce W. Browning
My mother Sonia Louise Cash, cousin, adored Johnny and would make me visit him every time he played the Paramount Theater in Anderson Indiana. I never appreciated Johnny until I grew older and realized that his pain was the pain I was growing up with. My mother passed away in 2004 and I hope they met in Heaven for she loved him greatly as do I.
Claremont New Hampshire
I love Johnny Cash's music. It's amazing how he can come from a tiny little house in a 20 acre farm with 5 siblings and make so big so fast. His first single cry cry cry made to number 14 on the top 20 songs. He met and fell in love with June Carter and he performed all over the country. He was a good Christian and he accepted everything as it came. He got over his addiction to pills with the help of June his soon to be wife. He inspired me to take life as it comes and to attack every day as if it was your last. Thank you Johnny Cash Rest In Peace.
i love this site, its great
Eiki talu, kernu vald, harjumaa
Best singer, independent and had a good opinion about things crossing him & others. RIP
The king of country is dead. Long live the king. There was only one JOHNNY CASH.I will always remember you and your voice, magic.
Little Judique, Nova Scotia, Canada
I was one of his biggest fans and i still am
what a artist have lived with him since birth (1971). grew up listening to him on a sunday night on a old 78 player. both parents loved him. the film ws great have a great record and cd collection. favs have got to be: i hung my head, flesh and blood, and jackson with june carter/cash. i think he will be really missed in my house. we still play him daily. get 5 cds in the car we loved him and june. i wonder if he's still play in the heavens above. god bless mr jonny cash ...
norwich norfolk England
what a peformer what a singer/songwriter what a star sadly missed
Fauquire, Ontario, Canada
I have been a fan of Johnny since the early 50's. There will never be another,Johnny not only wrote great songs but he also sang others that he liked, and not just "country". How many would have ever heard "Hurt", and how many others? We'll all miss him, but thank God he left us with his songs.
hi! I'm from Slovakia, normally listening and writtin' music and lyrics completelly different from Johnny Cash. I make rock n roll ... and i am just 25 years old. But Johnny Cash, is the only singer that ever made me think different as i usually think. Johnny, wherever you are, you'll never be forgotten ... rest in peace! ...there were songs before there was radio of love that stays and love that goes, they were writting meloncholy tunes and tearful words that rhyme, BEFORE MY TIME, BEFORE MY TIME...
He can't be equalled. Warm memories of Mr. Cash always, i know, will remain. His sweet deep voice still booms from the world yonder, filling our living rooms and hearts with pure joy and transporting our souls to a time and place that only he could dare envision. Rest In Heavenly peace.
Cassville MISSOURI United states
I just wanted too say that i was just a young kid i did not start hearing Johnny until mid 1970 my father never care for Johnny but i did i love his voice everytime i hear Johnny on the radio station they would play ring of fire my voice would sound just like Johnny my father like bimbo bimbo Roy orbenson Jim Reaves Hank Locklin and many more. I could not understand why Johnny Cash wear Black then my father told me so, I gave Johnny Cash respack for his Black Clothes and what Johnny stood for and for are nation we call UNITED STATES OF AMERICAI. I have always love Johnny Cash Music and Johnny Cash will always be in my heart. My father pass away in July 10, 2005 age of 70 out of his 4 brother and 4 sister he was the youngs.
a young man with a good voice why do all the good ones go so young you will alway live on in my life rip.
I am 14 years old. I started listening to Johnny Cash when i was around 7-8 years old. I will always remember where I was when i found out he died. I was in a car on a rainy day driving thru town. I kareoke to most of his songs when sometimes I go to bars and things. My favoites include "Get Rythem" "Folsom Prison Blues", "Highway Patrolman" and many more. God Bless the Cash family.
hi, i am just writing to say how much i love johnny cash music. i have lots of cds. i listen to his music everyday. keep it cash.
savannah georgia usa
really loved the sound of his voice!
Jennifer Renee Chesney
Harrisburg, Pa USA
I FEW YEARS AGO I BECAME FASCINATED W/ CASH'S HAUNTING RENDITION OF "HURT." (ORIGINALLY RECORDED BY TRENT REZNOR OF NINE INCH NAILS) CASH RECORDED HIS OWN VERSION SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH, AND THOUGH NOT THE MOST POPULAR, I FEEL IT TO BE AMONG CASH'S MOST PERSONAL AND REVEALING WORKS. HIS DISTINCT AND EERIE VOCALS WILL HAUNT AND CAPTIVATE ANY LISTENER, FAN OR NOT. THESE LYRICS AND VOCALS PAINT A VIVID PICTURE OF THE TORMENT CASH FACED THROUGHOUT MUCH OF HIS LIFE. HE REVEALS THIS DARKNESS IN A MUCH DEEPER WAY THAN ANY BOOK OR MOVIE COULD EVER CAPTURE. THIS SONG IS A WINDOW INTO CASH'S MIND AND SOUL AND WOULD BE APPRECIATED BY ANYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN HIS SAGA!
New Plymouth NEW ZEALAND
MY FATHER WOULD LISTEN TO JOHNNY CASH, AND ELVIS WHEN I WAS YOUNG, HE WOULD OFTEN DRESS LIKE THEM AND GO OUT SINGING AND DANCING WITH MY MUM AND HIS FRIENDS, I NEVER REALY TOOK MUCH NOTICE OF JOHNNY'S MUSIC UNTIL I WATCHED "WALK THE LINE" GREAT MOVIE AND A GREAT LEGEND, NOW MY CHILDREN AND I ARE ALSO HOOKED ON HIS MUSIC, MY SON IS 11YRS AND MY DAUGHTER IS 5YRS, IT JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW MUSIC LIVES ON, THANKS JOHNNY. I LIKE TO LISTEN TO "GET RHYTHM" AND "RING OF FIRE"
sao paulo brazil
wonderful, june and johnny together, i their love music
Johnny! You was the "man", the man of Music. im only 18 years old ... but when i have heard the first song of you i coundent stop play your music. I Love you. and i hope you have it good there you are now. Walk the line
I was just introduced to the music of Johnny Cash when I was 17 and I have been in love ever since with the man in black I feel a connection through his words and music. As a teenager I do get picked on by friends because they don't understand his music and I think if they gave it a chance there would be no turning back. I will always remember Johnny Cash and if the world forgets he will live on through me and all other fans.
Mr. Cash was the Man! we have lost one of the greatest singers and song writers ever. we miss you SIR!! God Bless you and yours, Anita
I AM JOHNNY CASH BIG TIME FAN. I LISTEN TOO ALL HIS CD'S AND ALL HIS RECORDS AND DVD'S I HAVE OF HIM EVERY DAY. CAN'T LISTEN TO HIM ENOUGH. HE IS THE BEST ALWAYS WILL BE AND HE IS A LEGEND FOREVER. MISSS SEEING HIM ON TV. I TAPE EVERYTIME HE HAS SOMETHING ON CMT. LOVE HIM. WISH THERE WERE SOME DVD'S OUT OF HIM WHEN HE HAD HIS TV SHOW'S ON. HOPE THEY HAVE SOME AROUND SOMEWHERE TO MAKE COPIES OF SO WE CAN BUY THEM. THANK YOU. I'M A 66 YR' OLD WIDOW MYSELF. HE AND JUNE MADE MY LIFE HAPPIER TO HAVE THEM TO LISTEN TO EVERY DAY.
JOHNNY CASH IS THE LEGEND AN ALWAYS WILL BE. I CAN LISTEN TO HIM ALL DAY AND NIGHTLOVE HEARING HIM SING WITH HIS LOVELY WIFE TOO. THERE JUST FUN TOO WATCH. WILL MISS THEM DEARLY BUT I KEEP MY SELF INTUNE EVERYDAY TO THEM ... ALWAYS
i was never really interested in johnny cash until i watched the movie "Walk The Line". after that movie i got so intrested i started researching and everything else. when i started researching him i started researching june carter cash. it all led to a big project for my self. now i have a folder of nothing but johnny cash and i think that johnny cash will always remain a legend and a part of so many people's hearts.
it is better to be than to seem to be.
i think that johnny cash is one great singer
Hello, I am from Russia - I fortunately and finally discovered Johnny Cash music this year after watching Walk the Line movie! After that I wanted to see his concerts on DVD. O, man, such a great character and personality he was! I introduced my son (15) to his music and he liked it too! Johnny Cash is my favorite musician from now and forever! God bless him! Vladimir
Westlake,Ohio * USA
Jeremy Steven Gilliland
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
I love Johnny Cash. His dark poetic music has inspired me to start playing guitar again.
Clinton, Michigan USA
I am a 9yr old boy who is just getting to know your music and watched your movie with my parents. I think your music is very nice and I like it more than anything else. My three favorite songs are, Folsom prison blues, Walk the line, and Ring of fire. I also admire him and his family because he had Jesus in his heart and I am glad he stopped drinking and stopped doing drugs. Thanks, Dalton Whiting.
Marion, IN, USA
The first time I heard Johnny was on a One Bad Pig record. One Bad Pig is/was a christian speed-metal band and one of John Carter Cash's favorite groups some years ago. His dad got them to play at their house for John Carter's birthday party. Before it was all over, and at the urging of his son, Johnny Cash recorded a metal version of Man In Black...Wow! It's totaly f***in' awsome to hear john's voice with that kind of music. Props to John Carter for that one! I've been a Cash fan from then on. It's great to hear such a powerfull voice in country and rockabilly brake so many taboos in the music biz.
hello johnny rest in peace man ... i am 13 years old i always listen to your music when i hear your voice i just wanna cry. my dad george they call him johnny cash and last week i listen all your music like "delia". i just regonize my name like i was like it's a miraacle *lol* anyways g2g. Rest.In.Peace
Waterford Ontario Canada
My dad introduced me to the world of Johnny Cash. I grew up listening to all kinds of music and Johnny Cash was one singer that touched my heart and in a way encouraged me to express my love for music through writing songs! I am 16 and am quickly learning that what made history stayed there. If only there were more leaders in the music world like Johnny Cash. He is an all time favourite because he was a true compassionate simple man. Everytime I feel like giving up with my singing I picture Johnny singing in the folsom prison. I watched the movie walk the line ... by the way was fabulous! Very inspirational in my life and I treasure that feeling for the rest of my living dayz! I have always wished that I could experience the DAYZ (I mean ...) live in the time period that Johnny and all the legends like Elvis Presly, June Carter and the Beatles (just a few examples) were making there all time hits. A true song of Johnny Cash is and always will be - Long black Veil. When I play Johnny's records I feel like Im there with him and June Carter. After all dreaming is what I do best. There would be no room on this page to express my grattitude and love towords Johnny Cash and his music as much as i would like to. Even after his death he still lives on, and fans all around the world know ... Johnny was true to him self and thought about the lonley - I guess you could say he was a selfless man! I am just a confused teenager trying to find a way to be known- to be an inspiration in this world, just like Johnny Cash. Its amazing how history can proclaim its self just like the music of legends! True music never dies - I know that in my heart. Sincerely, Tina - a Big DREAMER!!
airdire alberta canada
johnny cash is my hero he is amazing and i love him, i may only be 15 but i grew up listening to him. i wish i could of seen him live but i have every song he had every sung and i love every bit of it.
miss donna preo
To whom it may concern. i am 44 years old. when i was little i would sit with my dad and listen to cash. my dad is deceased now. but when i was little i used to say to dad gee i wish he was my father. but i still loved my real dad. i would like to buy a photo of him signed its on the front page its in colour he has a suit on and the photo is johnny cash today the way he looked today. 8x10 i not sure. johnny cash is my pride and joy and never forgotten number 1 legend and number 1 hero. could you please reply back asap. thank you. miss donna preo
Lawrence E. Henry
junction city ky, 40440
Bradenton FL. (Ex Indianapolis, IN)
With John passed on, life will never be the same. I never met him, but i loved him like a brother. I have traveled some of the same paths to addiction and recovery by the Grace of God. Few have touched my soul as John Cash did. Love? He sang about it. Pain of the soul? He sang about it. Despair of life? He sang about it. Love of our God? He sang about it. "The Man In Black." The common man's country singer. The folksey of the folk singers. Some day i will give John a big hug and thank you when we meet at Jesus's Throne. Then we'ss sing His praises together, in Heaven's Chior bass section. Thank you John and June for the tetestimony of love that lasts and forgivs as Christ forgives us. You taught by example, not by hollow preachinmg. I love you both. Larry
Benton, AR, U.S.A
I love ol Johnny boy. He is one cool man. He lived a long great life that i wish i was apart of. I love ol Johnny. He makes me proud to be a hick from arkansas. I just love him to death. I hope him and June are havin fun up in the big ol sky. Im so glad i got to know him. I LOVE YOU J.R. CASH!!
Hello ... I am a 14 year old boy from Norway and I love both Johnny Cash and Elvis. It is not true that young people talk about Elvis. He was the first one to make popular music, and if it werent for him, none of the artists would have made it. Not even Johnny. And don't blame Elvis for the drug-related problems of J.C. It wasnt a fact that those drugs were dangerous. Doctors even made out prescriptions on it! But anyway. Both of them had an enormous influence on the youth back then, and their rythm and tones are still to hear in modern music. God Bless Johnny and Elvis. R.I.P
junction city ky, 40440
Johnny cash will be missed RIP
hi i have some questions on the movie walk the line. number 1, did john father ray hate john and did he really blame him for his brother jacks death because he when fishing? according to the movie he did. number 2, did john frist wife viv tell june carter to stay clear of hers and johns children. according to the movie she did. number 3, did elvis really get john started on drugs according to the movie he did. please email me back with the answer to my questions. i will have more question later but if you could answer my first 3, that would be cool thanks, jack
hood va USA
email@example.com Johnny cash was my grandpas favorite singer. My grandpa died 3 days before Cash. he is my favorite singer too. I miss Cash so much because when i was 5 i would always sing folsom to my papa. i want to be just like Cash.
Well first of all I love Mr. Cash's Music. I mean it is the best (In fact I am listening to "Long legged Guitar pickin man" right now) And when I heard that he had died I was in english class. I hope he rests in peace. I also love the movie Walk the Line. I have watched it every night since I bought it in Febuary and it is now may. The stars in that movie did a terrific job. Well we all know what we can look forward to when we die, going to see a Johnny Cash concert in Heaven.
Rolla MO. USA
when i was just 3' in 1968 ... i remember John cash. now im 40. he had recorded his folsom album. i remember asking my Grandmother if Johnny Cash was in prison. i remember she smiled at me me said no. my grandmother was a fan at that time. im a fan today. my father cared very much for the carter family and john Cash. he has genarations of fans. his music is still going strong. GOD loved that man. and so do i. R. Hill
Bowling Green Kentucky
I went to the concert in anderson indiana at mockingbird hill park. i got a kiss from him and got his autograph not that i would sell it or anything. i want to know what it is worth. he signed it on the progran they give you. anyone know what it is worth?
bradley, california, united states
i only heard some of J.R. cashes music from my grandpa and never really struck me that he was famous till the movie walk the line came out. then i was awed i watch it almost every day. it is a sad romantic movie i love it im only 12 years old and love pop punk rock music but when i heard johnny cash's music i had a feeling i can't explain, it got me through stuff when i was horribley horribley sad. johnny cash is my idol. R.I.P johnny and have a time of your life in the after life. your music truely saves people!!
no words to say ... we'll miss You Johnny. R.I.P.
I appreciate the fact that this man did what so many musicians just can't afford to do these days. When they shunned him, he gave the middle finger to music row. Through his music he taught us that it was ok to be wrong every now and then and that nobody is perfect. I regret never being able to see him perform live. His music inspired myself and a co-worker to start a rockabilly/country style band and the first song we we've been working on is cocaine blues. Such a simple song, and yet so damn fun to play. RIP to the MIB(man in black). A man worthy of the title...LEGEND. We love you and miss you.
he was a great man and an awesome singer
pottsboro Texas, United States
I am 15 and most people say that i dont understand his music well, I do i love everything about it.
Kivalina, Alaska United States
John R. Cash "The Man in Black" will surely be missed by many. i'm 24 and i've been playing the electric for 4months and one day. i saw a movie coming out to dvd called "walk the line". ever since i seen the movie it really changed the way i wanna play the guitar. i wish i can play as good as you Johnny Cash. your music really touched my soul. i will always remember you J.R. as "The Man in Black" my hero. R.I.P. Always your fan, Cyrus A. Koenig.
hillsdale mi usa
Marsing, Idaho, USA
I hate country and i can't stand to listen to it but Johnny Cash is a great country singer and he had alot of great hits!!
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Recently, I watched the 2-3 hour "Johnny Cash Tribute" program on the Bravo TV channel. Coukd someone please advise if this excellent tribute is available on DVD. If so, where can I order a copy? Thanks for your cooperation. Han Koster
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
You were a man amonst men, a voice for the world to hear, even when the music stopped, we all could still hear "Ring of Fire" in our minds. What makes a man a true man is his stature during life, you Johnny "man in Black" stood tall, and braod, with a strong presence and voice. Thank you for providing good music for my Grandmother, Mother, Myself, and my daughter. You walked the line past many generations and will always be remebered for who you are. God bless.
hillsdale mi usa
I group on your songs.
China, Texas USA
I love johnny cash!! his music is the best country ever made. i walk the line and jackson are my favorite songs by far from any old country music legend. he molded country and all the new comers are trying to build up to his greatness but i doubt it will ever happen. A big fan - Amanda
hello ummm, hi, well heres my speech. every time i hear your voice i just wanna cry. you know because my dad george looks like you, so rest in peace, bye
Cavalier, ND, US
He was awesome and he was the best singer in the world!
HE WAS A HELL OF A SINGER, R.I.P
Perris, Ca USA
I am 24 years old and for as long as I can remember Johnny Cash has played on our radio. My dad listens to him almost everyday and my grandfather listened to him when he was alive too. I haven't had the chance to see " Walk the Line" but I hope to soon. Johnny and June were two of the music industries best artist of all times and it saddens me to say that this world may never hear that kind of music again. To Johnny, June, and all the rest: may you rest in peace and sing to the angels above as you did for us down here.
Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada
I first heard Johnny Cash when I was 16 and bought some of his records then 33-1/3's. All the boys liked him so of course us girls got to listen and then really enjoyed him also. One year I was visiting in Fort Frances Ontario and my girl friend and I we were only 13 then worked at this resort and guess who was staying there ? Johnny Cash we got to meet him and his wife and he was a very a friendly man and always spoke to us as we went along doing our work I didn't know he was a singer then. May he rest in Peace
Lakeland FL. usa Johnny Cash was the best country singer ever.
Georgetown, Ohio USA
Johnny Cash was one of, if not the greatest country music singer who ever lived or will live.
i truely loved the man and his music the lives he had touched
Shiprock, NM USA
Hi, I'm Cornelia ... how about Hi, I'm Johnny Ca$h (play guitar). Nah, teasin'. I bought the video "Walk the Line", it's a beautiful well made movie. I have watched it countless times. I just love that movie, it touches my heart and dreams. Then I bought Johnny Cash CD and I play that all the time. I even printed out the lyrics just so I can sing them along. Johnny had to be a great man, he had to be. God bless him and his wife June. I remember some years back there was a special on television and I just clicked on to the next show ... I regret that now, because I look forward to seeing a live concert by him and his loving wife, June. Y'all say and prayer for him and his wife, in turn you will be blessed as well. God Bless. -Corn
Tonganoxie, KS US
Johnny Cash is just my life. My friends and family members all love Elvis and i say bull that sh*t Johnny is so much better than him and last night i could not go to sleep because i had a dream about him, i need to meet him!!!
Robert Vaughn Jr.
As a young boy I would play my parents Folsom Prision album, and even though I was young, I could feel the pain and suffering of others through Johnny's words. Johnny's music and faith continues to help guide the lost to a higher ground. I thank Johnny sharing his music and life with me and my family.
Dustyn Gage Doyle
Flemingsburg, Ky, U.S.A.
Johnny's Family, to the family of johnny cash, i'am a #1 fan of the late and great John R. Cash, he was a peace maker, a kind, christian loving person. And June Carter was a wonderful Christian wife to Johnny. And I'd like to say that i'm glad I grew up listening to him his inspirational sound that he made in the microphone. And I still listen to johnny as a matter of fact i'm watching Walk The Line right know. God Bless You, Cash family and keep
yuba city, california, u.s.a.
johnny cash is a great american star. he tore up the 50's with artists like elvis and jerry lee lewis. i will only ever no one true "Man In Black". God bless J.R. Cash.
Tyler Texas USA
What a amazing man and singer he was ... what more needs to be said?
east northport NY USA
There is something about Johnny's music that brings me back to a time when life was simpler. My father listened to Johnny and I could not help but get hooked. Just listen to the lyrics and sounds from Sunday Morning Coming Down. I get the chills every time I hear it. Throughout his ups and downs in life his music always perserveered. I saw him in Virginia and I am glad I did. He is the one musician, who's songs always brings me back to when I was a young man and for that I am greatly appreciative. My father has long since passed but when I hear Johnny's songs a bit of him returns to my life and I am thankful for that Mr. cash. God bless you and June for everything. Rest in Peace.
I must admit that i am only 16 years old, and i never really known johnny cash, until i saw the movie "walk the line". and from watching it, i wish i knew him ... he is such a couragous man, and so is june, being a couragous women ... R.I.P. and very respected.
the most popular and most favorite singer of mine and family
dermot o donovan
firstname.lastname@example.org what make of harmonica did johnny use on the recording of orange blossom special?
Johnny Cash and June Carter are the best singers and musicians ever ... Rusty Cage is one of my favorite song and i think it might be one of johnny's best song ... we will never forget you
Deep River, Ontario, Canada
you are missed and hurt is the best song by him in my mind
flushing ohio soon to be freeport united states of america
hello i am zach bailey of flushing ohio but i will soon move to freeport ohio flushing is in belmont county freeport is in harrison county. i will be moving to freeport in april 1st. i am only 12 and i love johnny cash so so much but as i read he will not sing anymore songs but his voice echoes will be heard forever. i cry really hard johny cash is my favorite person in the world and at my school he have a famous american fair and i chose johnny cash. i have boughten a black suit for that and anyways, please write back too me ide appreciate it so much. i love you johnny. rest in peace. I STILL MISS SOMEONE
Cardiff Wales United Kingdom
One truly great singer,musician and remarkable man. The man in black was the man, unreplaceable. The songs, the music, and the everlasting impression that he touched on so many people the whole world over, will last an eternity.
southend-on-sea, Essex, UK
I've been listening to Cash and Perkins songs since a young kid (due mainly to my mum being a big fan). No one in my local pub really talks about Johnny Cash, except me and a few friends. So you can imagine my surprise when the film came out and virtually everybody in my local had gone to see it, and every single one of them had a Johnny Cash album of one type or another. One of my most favourite memories is when he played at the local theatre in the early nineties, one week later he was followed by Frankie Laine. It just goes to show what a real, legendary entertainer the man was.
old golden throat was the bomb snigget!!
Johnny cash is a hero and will never be forgotten as his ledgend lives on! He will be sadly missed!
Kosciusko MS USA
One thing we learned was that Elvis and him shared common interest in pills and that was a shock to me, i never thought of them being in the same era.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States
Johnny Cash is such and inspiring man. He is so wonderful as a musician. He will never be forgotten because he is a true legend. He is happy though because he is now with his wife, June, and beloved brother, Jack. Johnny, you flippin rock!
I've been listening Johnny Cash ever since I was 12 years old. There wasn't one feeling in my life for which he didn't sing a song! Johnny might be dead, but his music will live on forever!
Phenix City, Ala. United States
To be honest i didn't know who Johnny Cash was until walk the line came out in november... i am 16 years old, and i wen to go and see it with my dad, now i love Johnny Cash he's all i listen to anymore and that movie is so good and Joaqyn and reese do such a good job with johnny and june in the movie...my dad can't keep me from watching it, i've watched it so many times, i know what john says and when he says it even before he says it...and i love his voice so much...it sounds good..it's not like anybody else i've heard before, and i'm stuck on that voice of his, because his voice is so different. and i just love it, and i'm hooked... thanks johnny for your songs your voice and everything you've done for everybody... i actually have a autograph that a friend of my grandmother's had given to me, when she went to his show in 67 or 68 when he was in columbus georgia, i love it...THANKS SO MUCH!
Lowell, Ar USA
I just finished watching Walk The Line and I am 10yrs old. It really touch my heart of such a man and wife. They will be truly missed.
hi im jack. im a big johnny cash fan. i love the movie walk the line but i do have some questions. number one, did johnny meet mr sam phillips in 1955 or 1954, because acording to the movie he did in 1955 - and number 2, did you really fall on stage at the johnny cash show, because a cording to the movie he did. but the movie was awesome and i watch it all the time. anyway please let me know the answer to my questions, thanks, jack cool - johnny cash fan
toroto ontario canada
johnny cash was the best country singer of all time, i love Folsom Prison Blues well god blest him with his talent. thank you for your great music Johnny.
Vaiden, Ms. USA
My name is Waylon Nelson Cooper. I wish my parents could have figured out some way to fit Cash's name into mine (I was named after Waylon & Willie). I have always liked Cash's music but didn't know his whole story 'cause I was into so many different types of music. I have now seen Walk The Line, and read on the net and my hats off to him and June Carter for the way they completed life. The ups and downs of life are hard and they made it succesfully. I know their kids are proud. I will find Johnny & June when I get to HEAVEN and sing with them.
St. Paul, MN USA
Johnny Cash was one of my fathers great singers. After I watch the movie walk the line. I have never seen anyone so talented and love about their music and love ones. I just want to say is that I miss Johnny and June. They have some great songs that they had together. They are n heaven together and will be forever. Love them both. God Bless to both of them.
My grandmother taught Johnny Cash in Sunday School in Dyess, Ar. She said he wanted to play his guitar. She let him one Sunday and he played "Pistol Packin Mamma". I think that is so special. I want to meet Roseanne.
Baxley, GA USA
My brother and I have listened to Johnny Cash for several years. We've played him in our trucks, while at parties, in plowed corn fields, the river, and even tailgaten' at Georgia games. I'll pass on his songs to my children and I hope his legacy continues forever.
johnny cash was a legend and i will miss his music. he touched my heart and every 1 elses. rest in peace.
Prior, Lake MN / U.S.A
I love Johnny Cash, I may only be 15 but I have 10 Johnny Cash CD's. When Johnny Cash Died THe world lost one hell of a singer and one hell of a man. We all will miss the Man in Black>
oil city, pa, usa
i love j.r. soooooooo much. he is a legend. i listen to his music every day. my favorite song is ring of fire. i always have it stuck in my head.
Chesterfield County Virginia
I just finished watching the movie Walk the Line. I can remember growing uo listening to "The Man in Black" sing. My parents loved him so I loved him too. There has not be a man like him since. He has truly been missed.
Patricia H. Fabricius
Afton, NY USA
John Cash came from poverty, pain of losing a brother he loved and rejection from his father. His face was not handsome but it was beautiful. His voice was not smooth but real, his songs were not frill but fact. Life is not puppy dogs in a widow or always singing in the rain. Life can be seeing stray dogs - and people - starve and die in the rain of pneumonia due to no shelter. These facts are why I have respected and loved the music of John Cash for decades. His music, thanks to modern technology, lives on. Amen.
Van Buren, AR, U.S.A.
Johnny Cash was an inspirational singer and told the story from his heart. I'm just sorry I never got to meet him and June Carter before they passed. I bought walk the line the other day and I watch it 24/7! They truly loved one another and the ring of fire between the two of them will never die as they rest in peace. The man in black now is wearing white as he is with his loving wife June in Heaven singing with the Angels. God Bless John and June Cash and their Family. I miss you both, your music touched my heart and you will be there forever! -Rachel
Mesa, Arizona, United states email@example.com I'm not to great on my spelling or gramer, so all make this short and sweet. I "LOVE" and miss Mr, Cash ... I'm 18 years old, I never realy got a chance to watch Mr Cash perform live (wich realy sucks) but I buy his CDs and watched the new movie "Walk The Line" and it was NICE! I miss you Johnny, as well as Miss June Carter Cash.
Corner Brook, NL Canada
Johnny Cash is the man. He has had a great impact on my life and in my eyes he is a great man. I will love him always. Sheena Earle
- Johnny has my idol, although we never, we served in Korea at the same time.
I GROW UP LISTENING TO JOHNNY CASH MUSIC. HE WAS THE THE BEST. AND HIS MUSIC WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST.
SOUTH BEND INDIANA U.S.A.
JOHNNY CASH, AN ENTERTAINERS, ENTERTAINER = G R E A T
rochester,new york 14617 usa
i grew up listening to this man who whould someday grow up to be the greatest singer of the greatest music in the world. i played this man's music every chance i got, which was just about all the time. i got to see this man seven times in concerts, and he was better each and every time. john helped me get through the most terrible time in my life, making it home safely from vietnam. i pray to god that someday when i get to see my family again in heaven. i will also get to see this great man once again and we can all sing again in the house of our lord. so until that time john, rest in peace and ride that orange blossom special home to heaven. i will always love you john, and you will always be the greatest singer i had the honor to know. god bless you.
From I gave my love to rose to the Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash's lyrics and legend will remain in my thoughts and feelings. Johnny relates to the lawyer, mill-worker, truck-driver and the prisoner. My Grandfather has told me stories about riding in box cars across the States showing cattle just so he could support his family. Johnny's music cuts to the bone and is a living recollection of past and present people ... I love you Johnny ... see you in Heaven!
East Anglia, UK
I have just started listening to Johnny Cash. I am learning to play the guitar and hope to be able to play some Johnny Cash songs one day! The music is fun and lyrics are poetry.
Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Johnny Cash was always my hero when I was growing up. I learned every song of his that I ever heard. His music continues to dominate my life. I was therefore apprehensive about seeing Walk The Line. My fears were unfounded, the film was brilliant. I'm absolutely certain that both Johhny and June would have loved it. All credit to John Carter Cash for implementing it. I just wish they could have seen it. What amazed me were the number of young people in the cinema, living proof that the music of one of the most perfectly matched couples ever, will live forever! In present day, the only other musically true-love partnership that I can name, is Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. I thank the good Lord that I have been priviledged to have had Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash as part of my life. Music is the soul of life and every voice is unique. Johnny, June and their band were and are unique. May their souls rest in peace. Fran.
red deer, alberta, canada
love the guitar and voice of cash's albums it's in my life forever, russ
Freeport, IL. USA
I once told my brother about 40 years ago,I would buy an album of Johnny Cash if it were just of him breathing. Now, I'll miss his breathing. I was a Johnny Cash fan from the first time I heard him on the radio,about 1956 or 57. My all time favorite song of his is "Home Of The Blues", though about 500 more of them are a very close second. I was blessed to see Johnny perform live on 3 ocassions. Until 1972 or 1973 I had every album he had recorded to that date, both Sun and Columbia. After they were stolen in a home invasion, I bought very few of them but, every one of his songs are burned into my brain and my heart. We had some parralels also. I also served in the USAF. I overcame several addictions and I trust in God with a burning faith. May God bless you Johnny as He blessed us with you and I'm looking forward to seeing you again.
i think johnny cash is the best country singer i know!!
Demona L Bailey
Roanoke, Virginia USA
I like so many grew up hearing Johnny and June singing. My mom would always have the turn table going with all of their songs. I can remember sitting in the floor when I was in the second grade even I would play "We Got Married In A Fever". I miss Johnny and June very much it was a sad day for me when they both left us. I know the angels in heaven have two wonderful people among them now. I feel blessed to have been touched not only by their beautiful music but their love story as well.
As more and more time goes by, we begin to see that the image Johnny Cash left us remains unique and his music and the things he stood for live on brighter then ever. God Bless you Johnny and June and all the Carter-Cash family.
Muskogee, Oklahoma USA
Johnny Cash may have passed on to bigger and better things, but his music will always be here. I think that there is alittle bit of Johnny Cash in all the people who listen and understand his words. LCpl. Jon Dressler, United States Marine Corps
Pune, Maharashtra India Asia
Hi, I am a also one of Johnny Cash fans, i like all his songs, i wish Johnny lived more ... i was really sad when i came to know about his death, may his soul rest in peace, i know he will be singing worship songs to our savior and Lord JESUS CHRIST up there in Heaven. Raymond, Johnny Cash fan
There's a huge emptiness all around. I will sing your songs until my time is up.
HI, I'm jack im a big fan of johnny cash. my all time favorite song of johnny cash is folsom prison blues. i just just worndering WHAT YEAR and where did john met june. at please email me and let me know. thanks, jack
CANADA firstname.lastname@example.org im a big fan of johnny cash. i have some questions. i was wordering, according to the movie walk the line, the ture story of johnny cash and june carter, john's father ray was not a nice man and blame john for his brother death. also john's frist wife was verry jellous of june and told june to stay clear of her children and john ask june to maried him on stage in toronto canada. and last question, is it ture june did not want to sing the song times awaisting because she record it carl smith the first man she married. please email me and let me know
Johnny Cash ... From the Ballad of Ira Hayes to The Man Comes Around your music plays a never ending melody ... it relates to the common man, the mill worker, the engineer and the God fearing Christian. My Gradfather's stories of riding the railroads showing cattle brings a tear to my eye whenever your music is heard. Your life, like many was rough and cold ... you remain an inspiration .... Your music lives on forever ...
"WE'LL NEVER FORGET YOU, SEEMS AS IF WE LOST A FAMILY MEMBER. GOD BLESS YOU & JUNE, OUR GRANDSON (14) SINGS & PLAYS YOUR SONGS. YOU'LL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER. WE MISS YOU., JUNE & (YOUR DEAR FRIEND) WAYLON JENNINGS MAY Y'ALL REST IN PEACE. LOVE YOU.
Spruce Grove, Alberta
His music, voice, rolling thunder is legendary, chicka boom, chicka boom, chicka boom. His music and message will live on forever, He is the only angel in heaven wearing black. God bless JOHNNY CASH
Greenwood Village CO USA
Just as our parents remember where they were when they heard JFK had died, Cash fans will always remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard. Thank you for being the influence you are on young adults. You never hear of kids talking about elvis, and our grandparents dont usually talk about linkin park; Johnny Cash is loved by people of all ages from all walks, making him the best musical artist ever to live (no arguments) ...
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Johnny Cash was to country music, what Elvis Presley was to rock n' roll. Both great artists, and entertainers. Like quite a few others in their field, they will never be forgotten. And their music will live on. After all George Jones asked, "Who's gonna fill their shoes?
JOHNNY CASH IS NUMBER ONE COUNTRY SINGER FOR ME AND I WILL MISS HIM TERRIBLY. BUT I HAVE A LOT OF HIS RECORDS AND CAN'T SEEM TO LISTEN ... HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED ... HE WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Johnny Cash has left special memories in our hearts. Never was there such a huge soul pass through our lives & leave such a lasting impression. We will never forget his friendship, sincerity, grace & humbleness (is humbleness a word?). His music & memory will live with us forever. Does he know how much he was loved & will our love heal the pain he endured?
Jimmy Roberts (Wagner)
Tampa, FL. USA
I grew up on Johnny Cash and like many before and after me, I breathe him also! He and his wife June will be deeply missed Immortally... The music business has lost one of it's great treasures.
Jimmy Roberts - Pedal Steel Guitarist
Somerset, Wisconsin - USA
Johny & June ... Thanks for all the great memories, and they still and will live on. You touched the hearts of many people, and those people have lots to be thankful for. You are and still are my idol. My daughter will be recording in Nashville very soon. She is 17 years old and admires you and June just like her daddy. Thank God for traditional country music. We will meet again someday! God Bless! www.pizzaplanets.com
Irvine California USA
I ALWAYS HEARD JONHHY CASH AS A KID, BECAUSE HE WAS ONE OF MY DAD'S FAVORITE SINGERS AND I RECENTLY WENT TO SEE WALK THE LINE THE STORY ABOUNT HIS EARLY YEARS AND THE LOVE BETWEEN HIM AND JUNE. IT WAS A MOVING STORY AND I NEVER REALLY KNEW ABOUT HIS LIFE AND HOW THEY HAD SUCH A LOVELY AFFECTION FOR EACH OTHER AND JUNE WAS THE GLUE TO HOLD JOHNNY TOGETHER AND ALL THE WONDERFUL MUSIC THAT HE WROTE AS WELL. AS SHE WROTE THEY ARE A COUPLE THAT TRUELY ARE WHAT YOU CALL REAL LOVE!! I LOVE HIS MUSIC AND HERS AS WELL I THOUGHT JOAQUIN AND REESE DID JOHNNY AND JUNE JUSTICE AND IT WAS A VERRY TOUCHING MOVIE AND I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE THEM DO A MOVIE ABOUT HIS EARLY YEARS AT SUN YOU DON'T HEAR THAT TOO MUCH AND TO LEARN WHERE IT ALL STARTED WITH SAM PHILIPS AND WHEN HE SANG WITH ELVIS AND ROY ORBISON. JOHNNY BROKE BARIERS WHEN HE WENT INTO FOLSOM PRISON AND HE GAVE SOMETHNG TO THE INMATES THERE AND I THINK THAT IS GIVING THEN A LIL PIECE OF HIM TO THEM TO LET THEM KNOW HE UNDERSTOOD AND HE WENT THROUGH HIS OWN ISSUES AND STRUGGLED JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE. WHEN HE NEEDED THE HELP AND THE HELP HE RECIEVED WAS WITH JUNE AND SHE WAS AN ANGEL SET TO HIM BECAUSE IF SHE WAS NOT THERE HE WOULDN'T OF BEEN FIXED. THEY TRUELY ARE WHAT LOVE STANDS FOR THROUGH ANY TIME GOOD WHEN HE WAS ON TOP OF THE WORLD PERFORMING THROUGH HER TRIALS WITH OTHER HUSBANDS AND HIS ADDICTION AND BY THE GRACE OF GOD WHO THEY BOTH KNEW THEY HELPED EACH OTHER AND THEY COMPLIMENTED EACH OTHER. BEAUTIFUL COUPLE REALLY AND MAY THEY REST IN PEACE ALWAYS. THE WORLD IS A SAD PLACE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT HERE BUT THEIR MUSIC WILL LIVE ON AND THEY ARE IN HEAVEN PLAYING FOR ALL THE ANGELS AND GOD. WHEN I HEAR THE MUSIC THEY WILL ALLWAYS BE REMEMBERED!! SO VERY TALENTED LOVE THAT EARLY PICKIN THE EARLY MUSIC IS THE BEST LOVE IT ALWAYS!!! NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE ;) THANK YOU CHRISTENE PACHECO
I love Johnny and i miss him a lot. Johnny you rock just as much as Green Day!! ^_^
ok i like to open as i love metal. my parents loved the carters and johnny. i was never to much into country but heard the band social dis. do ring of fire an i knew johnny wrote it and then wow. it was like after i watched the new movie walk the line. i have so much respect 4 him the way he loved his music but his girl (june) more im kinda like johnny with my love, my gir felicia i love more then life. she to me is like june to johnny i just hope i can keep it together. theres a lot i gotta do that johnny did easily, but i will he is an insperation even though like i said, i dont like country, i love johnny and june they r both rolmodels how a real love should be. i hope 1 day i have accomplished that. not only his music, i love i love his morals, with the guidance of his music, we all will be better ppl. god bless you johnny and june hopefully i will see u soon play that walk the line 4 god u know he loves you. seeeeeeeeeeee you in the coming future johnny and june. love, your 4ever fan.
Johnny Cash Lives, I Can't Wait Till' The Man Comes Around.
Clearfield, Utah, USA
My mother and father loved Johnny Cash and his music will fill their hearts and home all the time. I grew up listening to this and I still love it. It will always fill our hearts and homes.
Mayberry NC us
Johnny was the best song writer and singer that i have ever heard and him and June sung as a great duet. we'll miss you Johnny.
Aurora, Colorado USA
Mr. Cash, You first entered my life in 1963. I was three years old. I heard your voice and was hooked. I was at your musical tribute in Nashville. What a tribute it was! I have seen you in concert three times. I love you. I miss you. I worship you! Love, Janell
John Moffett jr.
Dear Johnny Cash,
You were my best country singer ever I wish I got to meet you. In person i liked your song The Ring Of Fire. Your Biggist Fan, John Moffett Jr.
Backwoods, West Virginia
I'll see you soon John...
You set the tone! They are still following ... you will walways be the inspiration. Sleep tight Johnny Cash ... and Thank You!
Hazel Green, WI
He was an idol! He was the best singer ever!
West Valley City, UT, USA
My Mother loved you Mr. Cash! Thank you. I truly enjoyed the movie "Walk the Line". It's very impressive that he came out of the drugs, even with June's help, it's a very hard thing to do. I applaud that. Say Hello to my Mother for me, wouldja? thanks.
Reading, PA USA
The first record I ever bought with my own money was Ring of Fire. I've been playing that, and many others, ever since, having spent the last 40 years as a disc jockey. I still love his music and probably always will.
Morganton, NC, US
I have a album of johnny cash greatest hits. Name of album is, All Wrapped Up in Cash. Does any one know any thing about this album. Please send me a e-mail at email@example.com, thanks
My name is Richard Strange I have just viewed the movie Walk The Line. It was a great movie Johnny and June had alot going their lives together was magic. I think all fans of Johnny and June this is a must see movie.
This man was unique. We love you The Man In Black. Il est et demeurera le chanteur du 20ieme siècle. Quel chance ont eu ceux et celles ayant pu connaître cet homme. On l'adore!!!!! Thank you Johnny!!
Johnny gets me up in the morning. He sings for us, the hardworking blue collared people. I have worked on oil rigs across Canada and met alot of different people, we all have differences, but one thing we can agree on is the Man in Black. He speaks mountains for us, and for this we are thankful. God rest your soul Johnny, your voice will live on for generation to come ... thank you.
Kent Washington USA
I'm thirteen, its 2005, almost 2006 and Johnny Cash is my favorite singer. My sister is nine and she chooses to do a report on him for her 4th grade class. Johnny will NEVER be forgotten.
You showed what you thought of Ireland when you penned 'Forty Shades Of Green'. I hope Ireland said Thank You when you visited on tour. The joy you brought to people will be missed. Rest In Peace Troubador.
Biggest respect to the mentor of quality country music. Rest In Peace.
well jonny cash, is my hero!!! at least he's lived a good long life. i won't ever stop listening to his songs, yes he is all we believe in. yes he is a god. yes he is every thing we know and want. R.I.P love you jonny. the world misses you xxxxx
Coral Springs, Florida
I'm 18 and just heard johnny cash a year ago, and now its all i listen to, Johnny Cash is the best and always will be!
Buckeye, Arizona USA
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY, AS A FELLOW MUSICIAN WHO HAS PERFORMED JOHNNY CASH'S MUSIC, TO GIVE THANKS A HUNDRED FOLD FOR THE MUSIC, THE ARTISTRY, THE SPIRITUALITY AND DEEP HUMAN TOUCH HE GAVE TO PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. I REALLY KNOW AND APPRECIATE THE UNIQUENESS OF SUCH AN ARTIST AND HIS REMARKABLE WAY OF RELATING TO THE AUDIENCE ... THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE JOHNNY CASH .... HIS VOICE AND MUSIC, STILL AND WILL FOREVERMORE RESONATE HERE ON EARTH AS IT WILL IN HEAVEN.
My dad was stationed with Johnny in Germany in 1952. I have a small snapshot of his whole outfit there and Johnny stands a head above all the rest of the guys. My dad was with him when he bought his first guitar (don't know if they were sober or not). We were stationed in OKINAWA from 1967-1970 and Johnny gave a concert at the USO club and my dad got see him backstage. Johnny signed 4 crisp new dollar bills for each of us kids. I had no clue how important they would be over these years. I have the picture still stored away but the dollar bill I haven't been able to find in years, but would love to find it. Dad (Chuck Diamond) died in 2000 and that picture was the last picture he made sure I had in my possession.
oshawa ontario Canada
MY FIRST RECORD WAS BOUGHT AT A YARD SALE WHEN I WAS EIGHT, IT WAS SAN QUENTIN. IT WAS TO BE THE START OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS MUSIC THAT CONTINUIES TO THIS DAY. NO OTHER HAS TOUCHED MY LIFE IN SO MANY PROFOUND WAYS AS J.R. CASH HAS. IN 1988 WHEN MY SON WAS ILL, TIRED OR JUST CRANKY, IT WAS JOHNNY CASH'S MUSIC THAT WOULD CALM HIM ENOUGH THAT HE WOULD SLEEP AND GET THE REST HE NEEDED. (AT 17 YEARS OLD THIS STILL WORKS) ALL MY CHILDREN AND A LOT OF THEIR FRIENDS LISTEN CLOSELY TO THE STORYTELLER AND DISCOVERED A WORLD WHERE MUSIC TOLD A TALE AND ENTERTAINED US ALL. I WISH ONLY THAT I HAD MET HIM OR SEEN HIM LIVE IN PERFORMANCE. TO THE MAN IN BLACK I SAY THIS" THANK YOU MR. CASH.
Fairfield, OH USA
I was 25 when Elvis died and I mourned him for years. I cannot mourn Johnny Cash, because he made the full circle of life and I just want to keep celebrating the realness and truth in his music. He will always be with us and for that I can never be sad.
Producer Clark Enslin
Flemington New Jersey
I had the honor of producing Johnny Cash "LIVE at the Paramount" in 1990, I have not released the album as of yet but plan to very soon. Johnny and June were wonderful and so excited about making this album. Little did we know we were making history on that night.
bradenton florida u.s.a
i have been a fan of johnny since his first record came out of the sun studio.and have purchased every record since.i had the honor of meeting him in the late 50s and was kind enough to have his picture with me.he will be sorely missed and the world was a much better place with him in it.may god bless the cash family.
jason w panetti
hempstead tx, us
i'm mostly a heavy metal fan but johnny has always been a part of my music collection. johnny is one of the heaviest artist ever.
JEANNIE DAVIS ANDERSON
FARIBAULT, MINNESOTA USA
I'VE BEEN A FAN OF JOHNNY CASH SENCE I WAS VERY YOUNG I HAVE A PERSONAL AUTOGRAPH FROM HIM HE HELD ME TWICE IN MY LIFE THE FIRST TIME WAS WHEN I WAS ABOUT 3MONTHS OLD AND THE SECOND TIME WAS WHEN I WAS ABOUT 1 1/2 YEARS OLD... I HAVE ALL HIS ALBUMS CASSETTE'S CD'S MOVIE'S... I WROTE A POAM WHEN HE DIED... THIS IS THE POAM I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY IT.. TODAY THE GATES TO HEAVEN OPENED FOR A LEGEND, TODAY A LEGEND DIED,AND SO DID A PIECE OF MY HEART. EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T PERSONALLY KNOW HIM, I KNEW HIM THROUGH WHAT HE WROTE AND LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAID. I CAN'T STOP THE FLOW OF MY TEARS.. SOME SAY WHY DO YOU WEEP OVER SOMEONE YOU DON'T KNOW. MY ANSWER IS SIMPLE MY FRIEND, IF YOU EVER HEARD AND FELT WHAT HE SANG ABOUT, YOU TO WOULD WEEP.. I WAS VERY YOUNG WHEN THE LEGEND TOUCHED MY HEART.I KNEW EVEN THEN JOHNNY CASH WAS MORE THEN A COUNTRY STAR,IT BREAKS MY HEART TO KNOW THAT THERE WON'T BE ANYMORE SONGS OR ANYMORE INTERVIEWS. BUT IT GIVES ME COMFORT TO KNOW WHEN I LOOK UP IN THE SKY IT'LL BE A LITTLE BRIGHTER, MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY FOR I FEEL THERE SADNESS,AND KNOW THERE GRIEF.. WELL THAT'S MY POAM FOR THE LEGEND. I HAVE I GREAT BIG WALL IN MY HOME FULL OF POSTER'S AND MY PERSONL AUTOGRAPH.. SINCERALLY JEANNIE DAVIS ANDERSON
It realy hurt to find out that Johnny had passed. He was one of the better singers because he looked at the fans not over them like most of them do. I'm am a singer I sing the older songs to keep them alive. But since Johnny passed I find that I sing more of his songs and the crowd love it. When I'm home I'll find that I sing his songs doing housework,or while riding my horse and he must like it because he'll only walk. I even find that when I'm down I'll pick up my twelve string and play his songs. Johnny was a great man and sorefuly missed. To all you fans if you remember him he will always be with us,so if you know his songs sing them and play his beautiful songs.
hey i am doin a report on Johnny Cash and as i read what he does i am really glad i am written about him because i need to know bout him and how his life is. my parents know a lot bout him and they tell me stuff bout him that i need to know bout him for my report. well i hope u like what i wrote and i hope to hear from yall soon. love always, jessica
Panama City Bch., FL. USA
Truly an outstanding Entertainer and now a legend that will live on forever. He's my favorite cousin. Bar none, he's the most humble, sharing and caring person that I've ever known. Drive On John.
Sibley, IA, United States
Johnny Cash was one of the best country/rock singers of all time!
Haynesville, LA, USA
i use to listen to rap until one day i heard boy named sue. i figured all them rappers talk sh-t but u back ur sh-t up. ur the greatest singer ever to sing and a american badass.
North Augusta S.C. Edgefield
I first listen to Johnny Cash one morning about 3:30 am after buying his cd. At the time I was going through the hardest time in my life. After listing to his cd Johnny Cash super hits, I felt a holeness in me again.
Encino, California USA
I am writing a case study for my psychology class on John and when ever I hear a song from John the songs bring me back and make me think of my Grandparents sittin around, my Grams with a highball and my Gramps with a cheap beer happy as can be listening to Johns songs. I recently purchased Johns 16 greatest hits and introduced my 11 year old girl to some of the stories. A true legend and John will be around forever thru his music. A world of life he lived.
I had the extreme pleasure of playing THE FIRST ROCKABILLY SPECTACULAR IN TOLEDO, OHIO in 1958 with JOHNNY, LUTHER PERKINS, MARSHAL GRANT AND WITH JOHNNY'S OLDER BROTHER, WHO PLAYED RYTHM GUITAR FOR JOHNNY AT THE TIME. It was one of the biggest thrills of my life, just to be on the same bill with JOHNNY CASH. I was playing electric bass for the late GENE VINCENT AT THE TIME.I have Such great memories from that show.You are missed JOHNNY and always will be, YOU AND JUNE BOTH. GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR MUCH LOVED MUSIC. YOUR FRIEND, BILL MACK-BLUE CAP www.rockabillyhall.com, www. actorsandentertainers.com
Dear Johnny, Rest in Peace. Your music has touched me. There is so much in one song that i could hardly express in a thousand words. I HAVE A girl and I wish I could express the same love to her that you put into your music. I love her, and am greatful to you.
This is a great website, and I see replies from a lot of people who I know. :) For my part, I want to say that "I still miss someone" and hope that Johnny and June will have "A wonderful time up there". girl in black
Greenfield Ohio 45123 U.S.A.
firstname.lastname@example.org,br> Johnny Cash is a huge role model for me. His music is very cool
I SAW JOHNNY AND JUNE CARTER CASH 13 TIMES IN MY LIFE TIME. I'VE SEEN HIS HOUSE IN HENDERSONVILLE, TN 2 TIMES, ONCE WHEN I WAS IN THE NAVY SEPT 1978 AND AGAIN DEC 1993. I PLAY JOHN'S MUSIC EVERYDAY. I WISH HE WAS STILL HERE, I MISS HIM SO. I'LL REMEMBER JOHN AND JUNE UNTIL I DIE. I PLAY GUITAR AND SOUND JUST LIKE HIM. I LIVE AND BREATHE JOHNNY CASH 365 DAYS A YEAR. A TRUE FAN FOREVER, ROBBIE GAUTHIER
love johnny cash and the carter family - wouldn't go on a long car trip without their tapes or CDs - their music keeps me alive
I loved his lyrics, and I loved his passion for music. Someone who can dedicate their life to music like he did, and at the level of greatness that he did, has the highest respect from me. His work with bob dylan, especially the song "girl from the north country fair" was incredible. As well as his song, "hurt" absolutely blew me away. Forever in our hearts, Johnny Cash. Love, Cristina Marie
Kennett, Missouri U.S.
We lost a Great person and performer..Now he is singing in the Heavenly choir.. God Is Blessing You Now.
Rock Springs Wyoming, United States
I can't wear a black t-shirt without thinkin that i should take it off because no one anywhere deserves to wear black. To most people black is just a color. For those who listen to johnny cash its more than that.CASH FOREVER!!
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
I love you johnny, i grew up listening to you always, your such a great man, I love you so much.
Kimberly Lawson Burgess
Winchester, Kentucky USA
I loved the music this man dedicated his life to. In my heart I know that he was a very special person and not only to his family and his fans but I think in the eyes of GOD there is no doubt in my mind that he knew his time here was over and that the circle is "unbroken" he inspired me spiritually more than any other person I can think of I hope he had the same affect on ever life he touched!
Rock Springs Wyoming, United States
I cant wear a black t-shirt without thinkin that i should take it off because no one anywhere deserves to wear black. To most people black is just a color. For those who listen to johnny cash its more than that.CASH FOREVER!!
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
I love you johnny, i grew up listening to you always, your such a great man, I love you so much.
Kimberly Lawson Burgess
Winchester, Kentucky USA
I loved the music this man dedicated his life to. In my heart I know that he was a very special person and not only to his family and his fans but I think in the eyes of GOD there is no doubt in my mind that he knew his time here was over and that the circle is "unbroken" he inspired me spiritually more than any other person I can think of I hope he had the same affect on ever life he touched!
GAFFNEY SC USA
JOHNNY WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST SINGERS EVER. BEST WISHES TO HIS FAMILY.
bel, CA USA
Johnny Cash a artist that will forever live in my heart. I Love You Johnny Cash
John R Mitchell
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Johnny Mitchell - Johnny Cash had an awesome influence on my life. I began singin and pickin his songs about 6 yrs ago although i sang his songs forever. I enjoy singin his songs now on Paltalk in the music rooms under the nick name John Roberts. Johnny Cash will live on in his music forever ... tks Johnny
Oslo, Oslo, NORWAY
Johnny Cash Is Great
Dallas, Texas & usa
I would Like to do a version of folsom prison blues but before I do I would like the permision of June Carter Cash I can send you an E-mail of the song ... if you dont like it say no ...
Liberty, Kentucky, Casey County
I loved your music, especailly "I walked the line" and "The ring of fire". I hate to see you go. May you and june rest in peace.
JOHNNY CASH ... YOUR MUSIC TOUCHED OUR SOULS, YOUR MEMORY LIVES ON IN OUR HEARTS. MAY YOU REST IN PERFECT PEACE ... LORIS McPHAIL. RADIO PRESENTER 101.5 BEAU FM 4BSR QLD. AUST.
Niels peter larsen
Thanks for the great music.
st. paul minnesota usa
Johnny and June were the best couple that showed their true Christian values in private and public lives. There will be no one to be able to replace them. they will be sadly missed. i was able to visit the house of cash and where they had their funerals. You sure could see Jesus in both of their lives.
Chatham, KENT, England, UK
It was a sad day for the world when Johnny Cash, The Man In Black' died, but a very happy day in Heaven, when he joined his angel June! I have been a great fan of Johnny Cash for many years, and was extremely saddened on his death. His life and his music were a blessing for others to follow, if there were more like him in the world, maybe there would be more peace instead of all the terrible unrest and wars of self and greed. Kris Kristofferson said about him on TV here in the UK, he was a big man, wild, unpredictable, he will be remembered as a great man, and a great singer too! The Big Man is sadly missed, he was an all American Hero with a heart of gold, wish that I had his faith in his God! He may be gone, but the legacy of his music and faith he left us will remain in our hearts and for ever. May your God bless you, John and June, wherever you maybe! - Carolyn Webb - 21st August 2004
email@example.com a real man of soul music compassion for the not so fortunate, being of the average class, thats truly rich not in money but in gods love spirit and abundance. HE TRULY TELLS IT WHEN HE SINGS HIS EXPRESSION OF LOVE LIFE AND LOSSES SADNESS AND FROM THE HEART. I LOVED HIS LETTER AS I MANAGE MY FINANCEE JOE MEMPHIS A ELVIS IMPERSONATOR AND HES THE SAME. HE WILL TELL ME IN A SONG HOW HE FEELS AND SING IT TO ME. LIKE JOHNNY HE HAD TROUBLE SAYING IT SO DID MY DAD. LIKE JOHNNY AND ELVIS, MY JOE SING IT AND IT IS SO GRAND. SO IF YOU CANT SAY IT SING IT. GREAT SONGS ,GREAT MAN, AND LEGEND. IN HEAVEN NOW SO WELL AND NO PAIN STILL BRINGING LOVE, GUITAR PLAYING AND TOUCHING SOULS. WE ALL LOVE YOU JOHNNY CASH AND YOU WILL LIVE IN ALL OUR HEARTS FOR EVER, WHEN ITS OUR TURN WELL SAY HELLO JOHNNY CASH ITS ME.LOVE TO ALL , LOVE LYN GREEN.W.A.
Jacksonville Fl USA
Johnny Cash is my hero. I was recently graced with his voice, as is I am a young person and never heard it until about a year and a half ago. But now I cant stop listeining to his wonderful songs. I sing them every chance I get and I hope he knows that I enjoy every second I get to sing one of his songs (nowhere near to his ability) but it gives me great joy. Thank you JOHNNY CASH for inspiring me and giving us all joy ... RIP our beloved friend ...
RIP JC. As a latecomer to Johnny's music I have to say it is a revelation...the first true badass,a real punk-rock spirit and some of the best music out there full stop. You will be much missed John but your mighty legacy will live forever and you can sleep soundly in the knowledge you changed music forever. Jinder
Greater Manchester England
Johnny keep rocking in heaven for ever
Junior, WV, United States
I think that Johnny Cash, best of all times
Caddilac Crumb the Nashville Bum
I will miss any new music Mr. Cash might have written had he been here longer, but Johnny and June are back together.
I grew up listening to Johnny Cash with my Dad who died a few years ago. So now when I hear anything from Mr Cash's music it brings back fond memories of my Dad. I'm not big on country music but Johnny Cash will always be #1.
I spent a little time in prison myself and through the inspiration of Johnny cash, I learned to play the guitar. I believe he is one of the worlds best song writers and his style fits me like a glove. I dedicate my website to him and his songs, www.johnnycash777.co.uk
i love johnny cash
Johnny M. Leonard
Judsonia , Arkansas 72081-9250 USA
The Man in Black , will always hold a special place in history . The songs were about real life and real times. You were made to feel that they were for you and you alone . I am sure that is just what he intended to do. There is an album that he made that I think was one of his best and I always loved it. I think it was made in the late 60's or early 70's....The album name was "RIDE THIS TRAIN " for Columbia records and the cover had Johnny dressed in cowboy clothes , with a coal burning train in the background.. Some of the songs on the album were, City of New Orleans and Evangeline and Pontchartrain. There was a story from the beginning to the end with all the songs mixed in. I would love to be able to listen to it again, as it was special to me. However my tape broke and I have been unable to fine it anywhere. I have searched high and low and wish there were some way to find another copy. Not being commerical, but if there is anyone that knows where to find a copy please let me know ... @firstname.lastname@example.org - Johnny M. Leonard
Galveston, TX USA
It's been almost 6 months and the pain in still here. We miss you so very much but we take comfort in knowing you are with June. You will never be forgotten. You are my hero.
Warner Robins, Ga. USA
I've never heard a song of his that I didnt love. Rest in peace.
Arlington Ohio United States of America
Hey Johnny i just whant to say that one morning i heard your song and i loved it and also my e-mail adress is your last name and 95.
Barry & Della Savin
Canvey Island Essex England
After nearly 5 months we still feel the loss of this wonderful man. He has been a great part of our lives for more years than we care to remember. However, we have some beautiful memories to cling on to. Like the countless times we saw him on stage, always giving 100 percent and more. The times we travelled around the Country to see a show, arriving by train and then hitching a lift back on their coach and being dropped in the middle of London in the middle of the night. Like meeting them at Heathrow Airport when they arrived and our two young sons, Dave & Paul presenting June with a bouquet of flowers. And of course the many many hours of listening to him on vinyl, tape, cd, and watching him on video & dvd. Then there's all the photo's, both personal or otherwise.
Yes, Johnny has been a great part of our lives and always will be. Although he & June have left us physically, they will live on in our hearts eternally. Yes we miss them both,yes it hurts so much. But we know that God is looking after them. Thankyou Johnny, thankyou June, for giving your all to so many. God Bless You Both. Hopefully we'll get to meet you again "On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan". -Barry & Della
Erich A. Krieger
Dear John(in heaven), Where do I begin. I still rememeber the first time I heard your voice, I was about 8 or so and I remember these words like it was yesterday "Mr.Garfield's been shot down, shot down, shot down" leaking out of my dads old headphones. I'd never heard a voice like that. I guess thats all it took almost 20 years later and there's not a day goes bye that I dont think about you, and how you affected my life in so many ways.If anyone asks me who my hero is I'll proudly say it is and always will be John R. Cash. Thanks for everything. God makes some of us special in being able to touch people and there lives, I think you Johnny were the mold. -Erich A. Krieger.
p.s. hows your "pie in the sky"?
LAFOLLETTE, TN, UNITED STATES
COUNTRY MUSIC ROAD ASSOCIATION THINKS THE WORLD OF THE CASH, FAMILY.WE REALLY MISS JOHNNY & JUNE CARTER CASH. I'M WRITTING TO ASK,IF U WOULD DONATE 2 AUTOGRAPHED PICTURES OF JOHNNY CASH & 2 AUTOGRAPH PICTURES OF JUNE CARTER CASH TO PUT THEM IN OUR COUNTRY MUSIC ROAD ASSOCIATION. SEND STUFF TO -COUNTRY MUSIC ROAD ASSOCIATION, 713 EAST BEECH STREET, LAFOLLETTE, TN 37766 OR CALL US AT 423-562-5686.
Johnny Cash had such an impact on my life. He is truely an American icon and the void he leaves can never be filled. He will live on forever through his music. We are very lucky to have had the presence of such a great person in our lives. We will miss you.
i do not really like country music, but your music says somethig special to me. you send out a message to me. thanks
Idaho Falls, ID USA
I never had a true hero until i heard and and saw johnny cash. I cried the day he died and i will miss him forever.
MIDDLETOWN, OHIO USA
ONE OF THE GREATEST EVER THAT CARED ABOUT THE LESS FORTUNATE AND SHOWED IT IN MANY WAYS.
5615 harrisson st
rapid city MI
I think johnny was the best singer of all and he still is.
sutton coldfield west mid's england
johnny cash was one of a kind and the world will never see the like again. this isn't such a bad thing as can you imagin how far backward music would go if we were to have several copy-cat, would be entertainers doing the rounds and making the same kind of nonsense records that made the name johnny cash so well known around the world.we came, we saw and we went away lets just keep it that way.
Ben and Ruth Summers
Sherman, Texas USA
????????????????????? How can it be put into in words. Someone has left us that can never be replaced.
Dortmund NRW Germany
REST IN PEACE!!!
JOHNNY and JUNE CASH
Kingsland, Arkansas USA
Hi my name is Jennifer and I go to school in Kingsland Arkansas home of Johnny Cash and im in EAST Lab and we are doing a documentary on Johnny if there is any information that u have and wouldnt mind sharing with me then u may e-mail me or contact me at Kingsland School EAST LAb. Thank you for your time.
Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada
As an Inuit boy growing up in the High Arctic, I knew of Johnny Cash and the power of his words and music. My dad used to play alot of gospel as well as "Walk the Line" for my mom. Our life wasn't easy but the music is fondly remembered especially the gospel albums one of my favorites that I can clearly remember was "It was Jesus" My dad quit drinking heavily when I was about 8 years old and really got into evangelical christianity. For seven years we ONLY heard gospel music in our home and Johnny was usually belting out a hymn over the Realistic speakers. Another song my parents learned to play during this time was called "He turned the water into Wine" great stuff. Can anyone help me find the playing chords for his last album? My little brother is getting into Metallica chords but, he also was impressed by "I hung my head" he just has a little trouble finding the right chords to play along...Thank you.
Sept. 12 is, and, will be a day i will never froget. see, i deliver milk for a living my day starts at 3 A.M., i had heard about this tragic loss just could not believe it, around 5 A.M. i was loaded heading out of town a hr later i laid my trk over, last thing remember hearing is about the worlds greatest loss. i got away with just a broke wrist. i miss you johnny we all do. this day will always be with me.
Wissen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Am 12. September ging ein gro?r Tr?r in einer so an gro?n Tr?rn raren Welt hinweg. Johnny Cash war eine Legende, ist eine Legende und wird auch immer eine Legende sein. Das was er in seinen Liedern gesungen hat, hat er genau so gemeint und genau damit hat er so viele Menschen bewegt, auch mich. M?t du durch deine Musi f?er in den Herzen der Menschen weiterleben. Gott besch? Johnny Cash!!!
Johnny Cash was the best no one will ever fill his shoes, rest in peace Johnny & June Cash
I not into music, but when I heard Johnny Cash sing I stop and listened, he was good, better than good. Bill
Millions Have been inspired by John Cash's Music, and his overcoming of lifes short falls. I one of them. Have you ever heard a song that was song, by a more commanding but at times gentle voice as Johns', when ya get chills through your bones hair are your arm stands up and ya get this overwhelming great feeling that you can take, and walk trhough life a little mor humble. Thanks John for creating many good times, gratafying feelings and way out of the dark love ya J.R.C. I bet your up thier pickin' with my dad as I type. It's supper time I must go...
JOHNNY CASH STARTED WITH ELVIS PRESLEY.
Johnny Cash is the greatest recording artist of all time.He recorded songs of importance and significance. While other artists made careers out of drinking and cheating songs, Mr. Cash tackled social issues and injustice in his songs. No question is there that he is also the greatest country songwriter of all time.He crafted a song like no other. "Big River" is such great song and is there anyone alive who hasnt heard "Folsom Prison Blues"? Even his lesser known songs like "Hardin Wouldn't Run" has that unique style and phrasing only Mr. Cash could give them. For the last several years he has been about the only person Ive listened to. I take a 3 mile daily walk and he is right there in my headphones. I listen to something of his everyday and its all good. Although it hurt like hell to lose him, his passing really doesnt change a thing for us fans. He plays in our CD players and on the old turntables just like always. And he will forever. Thank you Johnny and June for it all.
Walk Softly carry A Big Guitar. Johnny Cash had a Star Quality make up about him. He would have made his way to Stardom without Sam Phillips or Sun records. He proved that when he went to Columbia and begin to record songs that were nothing like his work at Sun. Johnny Cash once known to the record buying public got the respect of his fans no matter what happened in his personal life. But to Cash's credit his recording career the songs he chose to record and the manner in which he sang the songs was so over whelming in their indification with the public that little else mattered. John R Cash stood tall with everyone, few people in Johnny Cash's life time had anything but something good to say about him. Johnny Cash was from the ole school of the 40's and 50's you placed him up there with Gary Cooper, John Wayne and Ronald Regan they were all bigger than life. Johnny Cash was a model that all Americans looked up to. He was Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, and Ted Williams all wrapped up into one person. He served his Country. He joined the Air Force in the early fifties and was Honorably discharged as a Staff Sergent. Johnny Cash was and is a Legend of American Folklore he ranks with Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Old Hickory as people we remember from our History and he will endure as long as there is America. There will only be one Johnny Cash and he left us with memories that will last for generations it's more than Sad he'll never pass our way again, Walking Softly and Carrying his BIG GUITAR. I have said many times you'll never grow ole if you like Rock n rock. Well maybe you won't grow Ole if You've got a part of Johnny Cash down in your SOUL. - Widmarc Clark
May the circle be unbroken, by and by Lord by and by ... Rest in peace Mr. Cash, you sure made the world a better place for all.
Ft. Stewart, Ga USA
Johnny Cash, What a man you were and still are up in heaven. What a deep sorrow I felt and I know I was not alone in that. You will be sorely missed. You were a phenomenal singer/songwriter, husband and father and friend. I love your music. You are the man Johnny!! Rest in Peace. For you are a precious soul, and heaven is a better place with you there ...
S Paulo / Brazil
Johnny's music is timeless ... thanks for everything
Eau Claire, Wi
My father can sing johnny cash perfectly. He loved him all his life and still sings him in little towns like Osseo, York, Wisconsin. His memory will always be here. I remember driving thrugh the hills and looking at the trees in fall and summer, winter and jamming johnny cash with a beer in my hand and a cigarette in the other me and my dad ... lol those were the days ...
Oak Hill, Ohio
johnny cash music i realy loved i was 12 or 13 when hard it. he really brought it out from his heart there's know one can do it like johnny he's the man in black there"s know one can take his place i am going to miss him to his kids i am sorry for this to happen to you all your in our prayers. p.s the fan
I am only 12 and i am a die-hard fan of the one and only Johnny Cash. He has influenced me unlike no other. I feel so much respect for a great person such as Johnny. His newest song hurt is probally the most meaningfull song i have ever heard in my 12 years of life. I would like him to know that he is dearly missed and we always know that up in the great place of heaven he is singin a new tune and looking down on all of his fans and smiling each and every day because he truly is the greatest songwriter, and legend of all time ... Johnny you are dearly missed.
I'm not going to pretend to be some die-hard Cash fan. In fact it's probably been 5 or 6 years since I really sat down and heard his music. My first experience with Cash's music was on family vacations to Florida. We would always drive instead of fly, which wasn't the greatest for obvious reasons: Rest areas, crummy motels, and awful food. But the one fun thing about driving to Florida was that we always drove through Nashville and were able to listen to 650 WSM, the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Cash was a regular on the Opry for a long time, so his voice became a familiar one for me on those summer trips. Even when Cash wasn't appearing every week on the Opry, WSM would play his songs quite frequently.
The first few times I heard Cash sing, I must admit that I wasn't overly impressed. His shaky voice and sometimes very strange songs (strange at least to a 4th grader) left me desiring a bit more. But I guess the important thing was that I was introduced to Cash's music and his very unique style.
The last chapter in the story came about nine years later, the third week of my freshman year at the University of Illinois. I decided one night to go down to the Allen Hall Library to browse the CD collection. One CD in particular caught my attention and I checked it out. It was Cash's, "The Man Comes Around." It felt like I found just what I was looking for. So I took it back to my room and played the CD for a long time, repeating songs again and again. I hadn't noticed until this point how much feeling there really was in Cash's music. His unsteady tone and deep bass voice really added a lot of meaning to the words he was singing. It is incredibly difficult to describe what I feel as I listen to Cash sing in this album, but perhaps the best I can do is to say that Cash's words really do seem to reach deep inside of me when I listen to his songs. I can't directly relate this property to any one characteristic of Cash's music, but I think a large part of it lies in his authenticity. We know that the struggles Cash sings about are struggles he has possibly experienced himself. So when Cash sings about Christ, Sinning, love, people, and life in general, I really believe Cash has unique perspective he can give me on these things. I listened to the music from about 12:30 am, when I checked the music out, until about 1:30 am on Friday, September 12, 2003.
When I woke up later that morning, I signed onto the BBC's website to check the news, I saw that there was a story noting Johnny Cash's death. My first reactions were sorrow and sadness that this American legend had died, but I was also relatively quick to question the timing of my re-discovery and Cash’s death as a mere coincidence.
I'm not one to often attribute the occurrence of unusual things to God or another higher power, but it seems strange that after 9 or 10 years of not listening to Cash's music, I would just happen to reacquaint myself with it at nearly the same time Cash passed away in Nashville (2 am). Cash's music has helped me get through some difficult times, as I know it has helped many others. God Bless You Mr. Cash.
pikeville, ky - usa
I grew up my entire life listening to country music and Johnny Cash was one of a kind. He could sing a song and make you feel you're right there in the middle of the of the words he sang. His death was a terrible tradegy. The world has not only lost a country music legend but we have also lost a great human being in life. May God watch over him and his true love June.
FROM THE FIRST PLUCK OF ANY STRING HE STRUNG MY BLOOD STARTED FLOWING. JOHNNY'S MUSIC AND HIS VOICE COULD BRIGHTEN UP MY DAY IN A HEART BEAT. I JUST PURCHASED A THREE DISC SET WITCH CONTAINS LIVE AT FOLSOM PRISON, LIVE AT SAN QUENTON, AND HIS AMERICANA CD'S. I CAN JUST SIT BACK AND BE IN HEAVEN. WHEN I FIRST HEARD HIS NEWEST CD I WAS ALMOST IN TEARS. HERE IS A MAN WHO HAS BEEN THROUGH IT ALL AND YET HE STILL HAS THE COURAGE AND THE MENTALITY TO STILL GET TO LISTENERS NEW AND OLD. AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ELSE, HIS SONG HURT MADE ME HURT. HE LET IT ALL OUT. THAT WAS HIS SONG, HIS WHOLE LIFE IN ONE SONG AND HE WANTED SHARE IT WITH THE WHOLE WORLD. AND HE DID AND I THANK HIM FOR THAT. WE WILL MISS YOU AND ALWAYS LOVE YOU. GO JOHN HENRY GO
Nol & Wies
A country legend a king who told such a great stories through hiss songs. Together again with hiss dear Wife, and so many friends. Rest in peace Mister cash. Thanks for the music. Thanks for so many beautiful songs. We will never forget you. A music fan from Maastricht.
Johnny Cash changed my life since I first met him in 1972. His complexity and charisma are without compare. He was able to create songs about joy, freedom, consolation, religion and tragedy by putting together all contradictions of life. He will survive, because his spirit, which touched all of those who listened, will endure. Thank you, Johnny.
I feel deep respect for this man.
Johnny Cash you are loved all over the world you will surely be missed thank you for your wonderful music I feel that I have lost a close friend my heart aches! I think I hear you and June singing "Far Side Banks of Jordan" God Bless you Johnny Cash!!!
I will always smile when I hear Johnny`s songs or music and remember. God bless him.
Well What Can I say You Were An Amazing Guy Your Music Was The Best Country Music Around! Although Your Not Here In The Flesh Any More Iam Sure Every One That New You And New Your Music Will Agree With Me When I Say You Still Live Within Each And Everyone One Of Us!
Lancaster County, PA USA
Back in the late 60's when I first heard an LP with June & Johnny singing "Jackson" I new I was sold. I taped as much of his musicoff the radio on an old "Wilcox Gay" tape recorder that I bought used for $5.00 (I still listen to some of those reel to reel tapes today). When I met my wife in the mid 70's I was amazed to find out that Johnny Cash was her favorite also, along with her dad. Today I have quite a large collection of Johnny's music, CD's as well as old 45's and many original records some albums while he was recording with "SUN Records". After June passed we both thought how hard it was going to be on John and we were sorely sadened when we heard about her,but when my wife found about the death of Johnny it was like we lost a member of the family and in a way we did. Every week my wife and her dad were glued to the TV as I was to see John's TV Show. While my wife and me were watching the CMT special on Johnny last week all she could do was cry. We also will miss this Great Man that God gave us to share his love of God, Family and Music with the world!
Dear Johnny, Always liked your music and watching you on tv and in movies. Erma & Eric Rose.
Johnny Cash was far more than an entertainer/songwriter. He truly was "the man in black." It wasn't just a slick "show biz" title. It meant something. He was "one of a kind." He can't be replaced.
2196 East Cherry St #5,
Paris Texas 75460 USA
I always watch's hear Johnny Cash and June Cater Cash sing everyweek on the tv so as I watched them they my soul and I will miss them but know that they are with the Lord and we see them again someday on the other side of Heaven in gloryland walk hand & hand with Jesus.
Gainesville, Ga USA
I am a 15 year old Sophomore in High School, and I would just like to say that Johnny Cash was THE MAN. Not many kids my age knew who he was, and if they did, they didn't like him ... but until they hear his voice singing the lyrics to 'Hurt' or any one of the other songs he performed so well, they will never know what they were missing. Johnny Cash had a voice for the ages, that haunted you even when he was still alive, and I will never forget him. I wish I could play his songs on an ENOURMOUS loud speaker so everyone in the world could hear his amazing voice and meaningful lyrics, because no one should have to live without hearing that voice. It was, and will continue to be - utterly amazing.
Garage Pop Records
This is a truly inspirational tribute to the man, the myth, and the legend.
I will be 30 this year, and when I was about 5-years-old, my parents took me to see Johnny Cash in concert. I can remember only his black outfit, but it still remains a special memory in my mind. Johnny Cash was my dad's favorite, and I remember listening to his songs all the time. My dad resembled Johnny, not only in looks, but in his behavior-a tough guy with a good heart and a strong belief in God, but haunted by demons all the same. My father had a stroke several months ago, and is now in a nursing home and when Johnny died, a part of my childhood, my past, died with him. He will forever and always have a special place in my heart, as he reminds me of my own father. His music was simple, but pure truth, happiness, saddness, pain and joy. Everything life is to us. Rest in peace Johnny.
teddy "lee" meynet
You'll be always in my heart and now you're a legend mr. Cash. We love you and we will remind you like a king.
Arak Van Wolfe
Johnny Cash was a true American hero. This is a beautiful tribute to him:
A True Master of his craft whose career in my humble opinion is a Triumph. His treatment of the song HURT and the video must stand as a lasting testament to an artist, the likes of we will never see again. Move over boys the king has arrived ... Rest in Eternal Piece ...
Irvington, NJ, United States
Dear Johnny Cash, I never knew you until i heard that you had past away to a better place. But from what i have seen and from what i have heard about you i think you were a terrific man. A man of goodness and a man with a warm heart. I bet your music was great also. We all love you and miss you. God Bless.
Ray Lawrence Jr.
Oxnard, California, U.S.A.
Thank you Johnny Cash for the gift you gave this world. I learned much from you. Thank you Johnny Cash.
I LOVE YOU JOHNNY
Johnny will be sadly missed, he was one of the greatest country singers of my generation.
They didnt make many men like Johnny Cash. Just take a look around. Lay down the black carpet. As Neil would say and I will continue to do "Keep on rocking in the free world".
Thanks for the memories. I listen to you and go back to 1975 when my father bought a record player and your record. listening to your music all brings me back to then. and think he is now listening to you with his record player in heaven
new york usa
Johnny Cash, Elvis and rockabilly music made me to come to the USA my new homeland. Thank you Johnny for great times I had listening to your singing.
Bill "Doc" Dunn
Griffin, Ga. USA
ROCK ON JOHNNY
what a sad day for country music there never will be another johnny cash we will miss him here in aussie at least we have his great legacy of music he left behind another star in country music heaven we will miss you johnny condolences to the cash family from all of us here in australia rip johnny cash jim taylor
WAUKESHA WI USA
I NEVER GOT TO MEET HIM LIVE, BUT IT FEELS LIKE I NEW HIM ALL THE 18 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN ALIVE. THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT CAN SAY HOW MUCH THAT I AM GOIN TO MISS HIM, AS A MAN AND A SING AND WRITER, HE WILL ALWAYS BE THE MAN IN BLACK THERE WILL NEVER BE ONE LIKE HIM. GOD BLESS YOU MR JR CASH!
JOHNNY CASH IS MY FAVORITE CONTRY MUSIC SINGER
The death of Johnny Cash is a tremendous loss to the music world in general and country music in particular. From his first recordings for the legendary SUN label in Memphis to his final work with producer Lou Robin the listener was never cheated. Johnny Cash was true to his music and never afraid to take stand.
The general public will remember Johnny for songs like "I Walk The Line", "A Boy Named Sue", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "One Piece At A Time" and "Daddy Sang Bass". His fans are more likely to point to landmark albums like "Bitter Tears", "Ride This Train" and "Sings The Ballads of The True West". Johnny was a terrific story teller and he made it all come alive against the sparse backing of The Tennessee Three.
I will remember Johnny for all of the above and then some; "Big River", "I Still Miss Someone", "Blue Train", "Luther's Boogie", "Get Rhythm", "Rock & Roll Ruby", "Sunday Morning Coming Down", "I've Got A Thing About Trains", "Delia's Gone" and "I Will Rock 'n' Roll With You". In the latter he recalled his days at 706 Union in Memphis:
"They used to call me rockabilly, all of us ran through,
When Elvis Opened Up The Door Wop-Bop-A-Lop-Bam-Boom,
Memphis 1955, on Union Avenue,
Carl and Jerry And Charlie and Roy And Billy Riley Too,
A new sun rising on the way we sing,
And a world of weirdoes waiting in the wings"
(from "Rock & Roll With You" by Johnny Cash ).
Thanks for all the great music J.R. and may you rest in peace. Adriaan - http://members.aol.com/Zeeuw/Rockville.htm
Portland, OR USA
The first time I saw Johnny Cash was in 1959 when I was 16. I snuck out of my bedroom window after going to bed early. Hitchhiked 30 miles from Novato California where we lived to the Dreambowl Dance Hall north of Vallejo. Rose Maddox and Black Jack Wayne were the regulars there. As I remember Rose did a couple of songs with Johnny. Frederic, DJ for 4th Saturday Swing & Country 6:00am to 9:00 KBOO 90.7fm - http://www.kboo.fm
Ronnie Lee Twist
September 12, 2003. Thoughts from Ronnie Lee Twist. In the wake of prayers and reflection surrounding the 2 year anniversary of 9-11, we wake up this morning to find we have lost a pioneer. Johnny Cash, good friend and fellow performer has gone on to another place to join his wife, June for all eternity. John was an American Hero whose music, stories and presence crossed the boundaries of music styles. John's fans ranged in age from 8 years old to 100 years old. I am deeply mournful over the loss of my mentor, my hero, my friend. It is a sad, sad day in the entertainment industry. We also mourn the loss of John Ritter. A talented, funny man who brought joy and laughter to everyone who ever saw him. He also, was tied strongly into Nashville and country music. John, Son of Tex.
I will continue to perform the songs of Johnny Cash in my tribute to the man in black, though now, the words have a deeper meaning to me. "Tribute". I think no performer deserves "tribute" as much as John. He was recently voted #1 in the top, most influential male vocalists of the 20th century. I will continue to pay homage to the music and the man.
God be with you and bless you, John. I know you are looking down now, up there with June, smiling. You have gone home. We miss you very much.
Adel, Georgia U.S.A.
I think today back when I was six years old and heard Johnny Cash singing Ring of Fire every country radio station Id turn to was playing that song and I loved it. I have most all of Johnny and Junes records and CD's. Truly he was a good singer and a man that turned his life around. I know in my own heart he was a CHRISTIAN and that our Loss is Heavens gain. I Love You Johnny and June You all will be missed but not forgotton. Ken
I just wanted to say that Johnny will be sadly missed. I remember as a liitle girl ... riding in my fathers transport on the way to montreal ... listening to the old 8 tracks ... and of coarse they were Johnnys tapes ... I know all of his music ... and i just wanted to say thanx Johnny for all the years of good music ... may you rest in peace ... and you will never be forgotten.
I am only twenty years old but I still felt that johnny cash was the greatest. I grew up listening to my fathers albums and cash just grew on me. I can't say that I listen to very much country at all but I can say that he was a true music legend. Everyone from every music background had much respect for johnny and was very upset when the bad news came, I can speak for many when I say we all loved him. Johnny Cash worked well with other musicians as well, one of the greatest group memories I have of him was when I was a little boy, it was The HighwayMen which was made by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and I think one more but anyways, he was great. The world will miss you Johnny.
I WAS SO SHOCKED WHEN I HEARD ABOUT HIS DEATH. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO HIS MUSIC SINCE THE EARLY YEARS WHEN I WAS GROWING UP. I HAVE SEVERAL OF HIS RECORDS WHICH I CHERISH. HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN MY HEART AND MY SYMPATHY GOES OUT FOR HIS FAMILY. HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED.
Iowa City, Iowa
I was so struck with shock and deep, heart-felt sadness yesterday morning, and I'm still unable to contain the strong emotions that keep coming. But I'll just say that Johnny Cash's death affected me more than anyone else I've ever not known personally but spiritually - he was a great man and a truly good person, and he will be remembered. God bless him and his family.
We love you and will never be the same. You've influenced us more than you know. It's amazing how much one person can change the world for the better. Thank you.
James E. Ruth
Rockledge, Florida, USA email@example.com
I will really miss this great man. His songs touched the hearts of the working foks. I shared the same date of birth as he. I followed his career as well as June's and was saddened when she passed away. I"m sure they are reunited in Heaven. Signed, Jim Ruth
Rose & Les Neilson
Selkirk, Scotland. United Kingdom
Sorry to hear the sad news, we were both brought up with Johnny's music and still love it to this day. We will miss you Johnny Cash
saint john new brunswick canada
JOHNNNY CASH WAS ONE OF THE BEST EVER. I'LL MISS HIM FOREVER. I LOVED HIS MUSIC HE WAS KING OF COUNTRY MUSIC.
Phoenix, AZ USA
firstname.lastname@example.org Johnny Cash, a man of strength, compassion, and humility. Thanks for everything. Casey
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Posted September 12, 2003
If not for Johnny Cash, I personally wouldn't have become so enthusiastically appreciative of music, and I sure as heck wouldn't be writing about it for various magazines and websites across this great land of ours. I'm deeply saddened to the brink of gut-wrenching despair over Mr. Cash's death, and I'm sure several of you out there are, too. I recently wrote the following essay about Johnny Cash for my music appreciation class. We were instructed to write a paper about our favorite composer/songwriter of the 20th Century, and I quite naturally chose the incomparable, legendary Johnny Cash. His music indelibly touched the deepest recesses of my soul, and though he is deceased in the flesh and blood sense, his songs and spirit will live forevermore within us all. I hope y'all enjoy the following essay...
JOHNNY CASH - AN AMERICAN MUSIC LEGEND
By Roger Moser, Jr.
The inimitable, legendary "man in black," John R. Cash, was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to the proud and hard-working Ray and Carrie Cash. In the 71 years since that cold, windswept winter day, Johnny (as he is professionally known) has written and sung a veritable encyclopedia of purebred, red-blooded American songs. Drenched in sweat, swagger, and Southern charm, Johnny's music is a rustic, down-to-earth concoction of folk, country, gospel, rockabilly, and acoustic sharecropping blues. His heart-wrenching, emotionally riveting cowpoke ballads, brash whiskey-swilling honky tonk ditties, and melodious God-fearing testaments of spiritual faith wallow in misery, heartache, injustice, and despair and revel in faith, hope, redemption, and eternal salvation.
As the fourth of seven children, Johnny was raised in a loving, close-knit, Christian household where poverty, hunger, and long, grueling hours spent toiling in the sun-baked cotton fields of eastern Arkansas were the harsh reality of the times. An unwavering, deep-rooted spiritual faith and a constant, soothing musical presence lifted the Cash family from the arms of pessimism and instilled within them an unrelenting urge to persevere and survive the best that they could. "At a very early age, I looked forward to the seasons turning and nature taking its course. And while I didn't put such words to it at the time, I was very aware that I was part of nature - that I sprang from the soil, and as long as I followed the natural order of things, I'd be okay" (Cash, 10).
Johnny was exposed to music at an early age through the spirited and sprightly gospel sounds of his family's church, the woeful, gnarled crop-picking blues being bellowed in the muggy and festering cotton fields where his family earned their livelihood, and the jubilant, feisty hillbilly music of the Grand Ol' Opry emanating from his parents’ battery-powered radio in the living room of their dilapidated, ramshackle home. Johnny's mother played the guitar and sang with passionate sweet joy to entertain and comfort her family when Johnny was a mere youngster, and he soon began to diligently do the same. By the time he had reached his teens, Johnny completely absorbed himself in music, and he "knew what he wanted to do - add his voice to the sounds carried on the radio airwaves" (Moriarty, 16).
In 1954, Johnny confidently ambled into Sun Studio on Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, in the hopes of procuring an audition with the flamboyant and talented producer, Sam Phillips. Within a few months’ time, Johnny recorded his first ever release for Sun Records, "Hey, Porter," backed with "Cry, Cry, Cry." The stark, realistic "Folsom Prison Blues" soon followed with its poignant, heart-stopping line, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." Peaking at #5 on the Billboard charts in 1956, "Folsom Prison Blues" solidified Johnny an esteemed spot in American music history as a stoic, plain-spoken poet and a baritone-voiced musical spokesperson for outlaws, rebels, misfits, social rejects, and humble, working-class folk everywhere.
After three creatively illustrious years with Sun Records, Johnny signed with CBS Records in 1958. He then proceeded to record an abundant array of strong, hearty, and inspiring albums throughout the next decade which culminated in the now classic live albums, "At Folsom Prison" in 1968 and "At San Quentin" in 1969. Having signed with two different other labels since his brilliant tenure with CBS, Johnny is still productively recording the occasional acoustic-tinged, back-to-basics masterpiece, although his health has rapidly deteriorated during the past few years and his live performances no longer occur.
Johnny Cash's good friend, Kris Kristofferson, once observantly commented about Johnny in a down-home and wry way, "He's a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction" (Cash, 7). Johnny Cash is indeed a complex, but invariably down-to-earth, man. He's humble, rugged, spiritual, poetic, and brutally honest in his thoughts, musical expression, and various articulate opinions. His songs somberly reflect the harsh, unforgiving bleakness of life that inevitably torments the poor, the downtrodden, and the persecuted. Johnny sings for the ragtag, poverty-stricken farmers of the magnolia-scented rural South and the out-of-luck boxcar transients who ride the lone, open railways in search of a brighter tomorrow. He sings for desperate inmates with nothing to lose as they count each passing second behind the ominous, foreboding walls of death row, and he sings for the Native American Indians confined to the haggard hopelessness and inhumane squalor of government-subsidized reservations in the West. Johnny Cash sings against the injustices and the inhumanities of this world while fervently revealing his belief that there is a calmer, more divine life to come. His is a lesson in song that brings hope and inspiration into a world full of rage, insanity, and despair. Roger Moser, Jr. - RockNRollRogue@aol.com
June's Man, Johnny - The Man In Black Turns 70
2002 - Johnny Cash, the legendary Man In Black, turns 70 this month, and magazines around the world have justly recognised the fact. There's not much else that can be said about him that he or someone else hasn't said before, so rather than just regurgitate the same, almost unbelievable story of his life, I just want to share with you a couple of my favourite tracks, taken from various stages of his long career. With him having such a unique sound, there's very few covers of his songs that actually warrant comment, but I'd also like to look at a few covers that stand up in their own right together with a few songs that Johnny wrote but never recorded commercially himself. Lastly, although he is a marvellous songwriter in his own right, he, like Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis is a fine interpreter of other people's songs, often making the original versions redundant. I'm therefore going to look at some songs that he never covered (yet!) but I think would suit him to a tee.
Big River (Sun 283 - 1957)
Given more of a fuller rockabilly sound than the Tennessee Two/Three normally laid down thanks the extra guitar work courtesy of Cowboy Jack Clement, there's a real urgency about the feel. Lyrically it's unlike anything else from the time, be it country, blues or rock 'n' roll. From the opening lines "I taught the weeping willow how to cry/I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky" to "I met he accidentally in St Paul, Minnesota/And it tore me up every time I heard her drawl, Southern drawl/Then I heard my dream, went back downstream, cavortin' in Davenport/And I followed you big river when you called", it's brilliant. Who the hell else wrote "cavortin' in Davenport" in 1957.
Home Of The Blues (Sun 279 - 1957)
This song saw the introduction of Jack Clement as JC's producer and a fine job he did with it too. Augmenting the sparce sound with some piano and backing vocals, he couldn't really go wrong as the lyrics (co-composed with Glenn Douglas) are a real treat. Luther's picking in the intro gives the feeling that he's walking down the street that losers use, headed for the Home Of The Blues. In reality the Home Of The Blues was the record street in downtown Memphis that was a stones through from Sun and a regular haunt for Sam's rockabillies including Elvis.
Ballad Of Ira Hayes (Columbia 43058)
A staunch supporter of the underdog in general and the Native American in particular, Johnny Cash probably saw something of himself in their uphill battle for acceptance and the single minded fight to retain your own identity without having to change yourself and everything you stand for. Written by songwriter Peter LaFarge, himself a Nargaset Indian, the song tells the sadly true tale of the Pima Indian, Ira Hayes who was one of only 27 US Marines to survive the Battle of Iowa Jima, died back in the US, ignored by society, a drunk and desolate figure. Cut at a March '64 session, Cash sings it from the gut and turns in a classic performance. The resultant single caused such an outrage that most radio stations refused to play it. Such was the depth of JC's belief in the song and it's message that he took out a full-page advert in Billboard accusing the industry of being scared of the truth (can you imagine that happening today?). Amid the crossfire, the single came in with a bullet and peaked at number 3 - a sweet victory for the Man In Black.
Smilin' Bill McCall (Columbia 41618)
Cut on 16 February 1960 in the middle of a mammoth three-day session that yielded no less than twenty-one masters, this was one of only four of the tracks that were self-written. The beat is strong thanks to the addition of Johnny Western (guitar), Buddy Harmon (drums), Gordon Terry (fiddle) and Floyd Cramer (piano), and the lyrics are great. It's his first fully-fledged comedy song and is a jibe at 4-Star's Bill McCall that surprisingly rose to number 13 on the country charts. For a real dig at members of the music biz, you should hear him and Gordon Terry's version of Battle Of New Orleans, there was no way that one was going to get a single release.
Jerry Lee Lewis - Folsom Prison Blues
Funky bass and drums set the scene before the Killer pounds in. His piano playing is a delight throughout as is Kenny Lovelace's fiddle. Jerry Lee adds plenty of asides with "pick it son" and "that's where ol Killer needs to be" showing that he's enjoying the whole thing. Too funky for some, I think it's an absolute gem - "them women keep a moving, my god that tortures rockin' Jerry Lee, I'm gonna rock it for you now" - yeah!
Ricky Nelson - Restless Kid
Although not really a cover, it was written by Cash for Ricky Nelson to sing in the Western movie, Rio Bravo where he starred with John Wayne, Dean Martin and Walter Brennan. The song didn't actually make the final cut but a version did turn up on Nelson's Ricky Sings Again album. Ricky gives it the boom-chicka-boom rhythm and the youthful vocal enhances the tale of the young cowboy, the vunerable and naïve sound perfectly reflecting his role as Colorado in the film. Warren Smith - Rock 'n' Roll Ruby (Sun 239 - 1956)
Like Restless Kid, this isn't a song you associate with Cash, as his demo version, cut at the KWEM Studio's in West Memphis wasn't released until decades later. Warren Smith was presented the song by Cash and Sam Phillips at a honky tonk in West Memphis where Smith was playing in Clyde Leopard's Snearly Ranch Boys. He cut it on 5th February 1956 at Sun Studios and turns it into a high-voltage rockabilly stomper complete with some great solos from Buddy Holobaugh on guitar and Smokey Joe Baugh on piano. Funnily enough, the singles b-side, I'd Rather Be Safe Than Sorry sounds more like a Johnny Cash song.
Folsom Prison Blues - Billy Tidwell & The Chivells (1965?)
Released on the tiny Ko Co Bo label out of White Deer, Texas, Billy Tidwell and his band stick fairly close to the original but have some added attractions. There's a nice jaunty rockabilly feel to it, and a fiddle sawing away in the background, beating out the trains rhythm much the same way that Cash did on harmonica on Orange Blossom Special. Tidwell sings a higher register which gives it a freshness, although he deepens it for "I hang my head and cry". There's a fair amount of uncertainty in the performance, but that only endears me to the performance, bringing to mind Cash's similar state of mind when he auditioned for Sam Phillips, apologizing for his and the bands inadequacies. I don't know of anything else that Tidwell did but on this outing he was worthy of another single.
I Walk The Line - Benny Barnes
Beaumont, Texas native Benny Barnes was a fine country singer who was unfortunate not to enjoy more than the two hits he got. He was at Starday Records at the time that owner Pappy Daily was making a penny or two by issuing albums full of cover versions. Barnes recorded three Cash songs for the project, the best being his take on I Walk The Line. The song had become Cash's first number one in the summer of '56 and Barnes covered it with a hot Houston band who nailed the songs rhythm, allowing Barnes to turn in concentrate on his worthy Cash impersonation, even down to the long drawn-out uuuuummmm's.
Jackson - Jerry Lee Lewis and Linda Gail Lewis
Although it was Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood who enjoyed the pop hit, it's the country hit version by Johnny and June that this Billy Ed Wheeler-Gabby Rodgers song is now associated. The Killer and his little ol' sis cut this on 28th February 1969, the same day as another storming duet, Sweet Thang and a couple of ballads in He'll Have To Go and You've Still Got A Place In My Heart. The results saw the light of day on his JLL Sings The Country Music Hall of Fame Hits packages. It was in the days when Linda Gail was a screamer, her voice is much more in control nowadays - mind you it's not like June Carter is exactly soothing on Johnny's version. Perhaps it's a woman thang. Jerry Lee is in blinding form and his "P-pepper sprout" is brilliant.
Ring Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis, Duane Eddy, Dwight Yoakam
Written by June Carter and long time friend Merle Kilgore, the song has been a staple of the Johnny Cash live show for over thirty years. From the Killer's phenomenal long-player, Country Songs For City Folks, his version retains the horns and he's spot on with his vocals which have a real country edge (he even remembers all the lyrics!). The drums are given the Fluke Holland military march and the backing singers sound real Nashpop. It's an engaging track but is overpowered by some of the albums other covers, like Detroit City, King Of The Road and the got Tom Jones doing back-flips, Green Green Grass Of Home. Duane's version is baths in strings which give the song a whole new sound. The sax plays a prominent role and Duane's distinctive twanging is all over the track. It's a refreshing version that hit number 17 in the UK charts in 1961 and snuck to number 84 in the States. From his mainly self-written 1986 debut album, Guitars, Cadillac's etc, Dwight offers a storming version which sits as a nice contrast to the likes of South Of Cincinnati and Miner's Prayer. The drums sound a bit too modern for me but Pete Anderson's guitar bites in all the right places. Dwight's high nasal delivery is a nice change from the Johnny Cash we know so well.
SONGS HE SHOULD HAVE COVERED
Lonesome Old House
When Don Gibson cut his original on 16 March 1959 he used the Nashville A-team together with the Jordaniares who added a lovely understated vocal layer. That's the same time that Johnny Cash was making himself comfortable with his new label, Columbia. The rhythm and stark beat of Gibson's lends itself nicely to the Cash sound of the period and he would be able to breeze through the vocals. The same backing vocals would be needed to enhance the number and his version would have sat nicely on The Fabulous Johnny Cash album. Johnny knew his way around the Don Gibson song book with covers of the likes of Oh Lonesome Me and Sea Of Heartbreak but others that would have suited him include A Legend In My Time and Don't Tell Me Your Troubles.
The Louvin Bothers version of this folk ballad was recorded in 1956 and included on their Tragic Songs Of Life album that same year. It wasn't released as a single for another three years and Cash would no doubt have heard it on the radio as it became a top 20 hit on the country charts. Around the same time, Johnny was covering a lot of old folk tunes (Grandfather's Clock, Clementine) and was just making his first forays into the dark world of death and guilt. It was an avenue that he never really ventured down at Sun but once he'd been drawn into the theme, his fascination with it has remained, none more so than on his later albums. Apparently when the 3CD set, Love, God And Murder was released in 2000, Johnny himself was amused that the Murder one was the best seller of the three. The beauty of Knoxville Girl is that it starts off like a pretty little love song before the killing, and it's this twisted twist that marks some of Cash's best work. Again the early Columbia album The Fabulous Johnny Cash would have been the ideal vehicle for the song. The vocal would be in stark contrast to the beautiful harmony vocals of the Louvin's but it would be a killer! Besides the song, there are definite parallels between the life and mind of Cash and Ira Louvin, they've both spent equal times fighting inner demons and seeking redemption. (Funny how Jerry Lee sprang to mind as I typed that.)
Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
This Willie Nelson gem could in fact have been written by June for Johnny, circa 1967. Telling of the fall of a person who is only to rise again after receiving no end of TLC would loves them too much they are prepared to let them go if they need to. If Cash had cut it though, I'm sure that once the wounds had been healed, he would have sang the "fly away and leave me if you want to" from June's point of view. Should have been on the Mystery Of Life album.
Another Day, Another Dollar
Wynn Stewart's classic California honky tonker clocks in to the sound of a cymbal echoing the chink of the steel driving man, a sound Johnny used on Goin' To Memphis and The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer. A celebrated champion of the working man, Cash would have relished such lyrics as "The boss told me I'd get paid weekly, and that's exactly how I'm paid". The downtrodden often find solace in humour at their situation, and it's a type of humour that has always given country music a unique appeal. This would have made a strong track on the Blood Sweat And Tears album.
A Week In A County Jail
A typical Tom T. Hall tale of life in a small town and how the local cop bangs him up for speeding. It turns into a nightmare and he ends up in the can for a week. The lyrics are funny and dry like the part where he turned the jailer's wife's hot baloney down on the first night but by the end of the second day "I wasn't so hard to pleased". It's a mini-movie in three minutes, you didn't need a video for something this well written. Johnny singing this at either Folsom or San Quentin would have gone down a storm, the captive audiences there were lapping up this type of number and his delivery had them eating out of his hands. The two dueted on the Mystery Of Life album with Hall's I'll Go Somewhere And Sing My Songs Again. To be honest, such is the quality of Tom T's writing that there's no end of Tom T. songs that he could have covered. Hall was a rare breed of songwriter who could write funny songs without making them sound like novelties.
This Bob Luman number is another of those numbers that could have been done for either of the Prison albums of the late '60s. It's pretty similar to the brilliant The Wall which had remained un-issued until it appeared on the extended At Folsom Prison CD two years ago. Luman's deep vocal bears a strong resemblance to Cash's and when both men deliver a funny line, you can hear the crack of their smiles as they live the lyric.
Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning
Written and performed by Alan Jackson at the CMA Awards, this song has garnered great interest and no end of debate. Jackson wrote the song to express his feelings following the September 11 disasters, and a powerful vehicle it is too. His own version is heartfelt but can you imagine what this would be like sung by Johnny for his next album. His old voice would be staggering and would do for the song what his voice did to Lucky Old Sun on the last album. We know how patriotic Johnny Cash is, albums like America, Patriot or a song like Ragged Old Flag more than prove his feelings, but I'd just love to hear him do this new one. A song like this is a personal thing, but Alan Jackson's lyrics seem to echo the sentiments of everyone. It's a masterpiece that Johnny could take another step further.
Whatever Johnny does or doesn't record in the future, his place as one of the top three giants of country music is already secured thanks to a brilliant and massive catalogue, that is perhaps unmatched in any field of music. Happy 70th Johnny, may there be many more.
Photo Details and Credits
1. Backstage in Arizona during the early '60s
2. Yakima, WA - September 1979 Johnny Cash in the Sunfair parade. http://www.12xu.com/music/musicpg1.html
3. April, 1969 - The Johnny Cash Show performs at Cummins Prison. www.state.ar.us/doc/gallery2.html
5. Slick in the desert - http://wso.williams.edu/~avelande/u2-JC.jpg
6. Concentrating in the CBS studios.
7/8. The perfect couple courtesy of the official www.JohhnyCash.com 9. The Man In White in Black
10. On stage with Marshall Grant, Carl Perkins and The Carter Family.
From the New York Times:
An American Original Returns
By ANTHONY DeCURTIS - Feb. 24, 2002 - On the cover of his album "Ragged Old Flag," Johnny Cash stands resolute, staring directly at the viewer and pointing to an American flag that is torn and tattered but still flying. His face looks as if it could grace Mount Rushmore. Like the flag behind him, that face is weathered and battle-worn, but nonetheless defiant. "She's been through the fire before," Mr. Cash intones on the album's title track, alluding to the flag and the country it represents," and I believe she can take a whole lot more."
When "Ragged Old Flag" was first released in 1974, Mr. Cash intended the flag's scars to symbolize the shocks of American history, from the Revolutionary War to more contemporary upheavals like the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. When the album was reissued on Dec. 11, three months to the day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it took on an unmistakable new meaning. The flag on the cover clearly evokes the one recovered at the World Trade Center and recently displayed at the Winter Olympics, a stirring image of the country's determination to survive a devastating blow.
What better artist to summon all that is worthwhile in the American spirit than the redoubtable Mr. Cash? Since 1997, he has struggled with autonomic neuropathy, a severe neurological disorder that has brought him close to death. For that reason, Mr. Cash was not feeling strong enough to participate in the various music-industry events that were organized immediately after Sept. 1 1. But with the rerelease of "Ragged Old Flag," along with his 1972 concept album, "America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song," Mr. Cash made an eloquent statement of his own.
"Sept. 11 broke my heart," Mr. Cash said by telephone from Jamaica, where he can often be found when he is not at his home outside Nashville. "I watched it on television, and I guess I wanted to kill somebody myself. I do love this country, and I saw somebody take a really good shot at it. It was a striking blow at our morale. But I've recovered from that, just as this country is recovering. I believe this country will prevail."
Interest in Mr. Cash has intensified at a time when his music - with its patriotic themes and dark undercurrents, its independent-mindedness and its spiritual reach - seems eminently suited to the cultural mood of the country. Tuesday marks Mr. Cash's 70th birthday, and to commemorate that event, Columbia/Legacy has begun an extensive reissue campaign that draws on the dozens of albums Mr. Cash recorded for Columbia between 1958 and 1993.
Earlier this month saw the release of "The Essential Johnny Cash," a superb two-disc collection that also includes eight of the legendary tracks (like "I Walk the Line" and "Big River") Mr. Cash recorded between 1955 and 1958 for the influential Sun label, where Elvis Presley also established his career.
In addition, remastered versions (with additional, contemporaneous tracks) of five of Mr. Cash's albums that have been out of print for years will be issued on March 19: "The Fabulous Johnny Cash" (1958), "Hymns by Johnny Cash" (1959), "Ride This Train" (1960), "Orange Blossom Special" (1965) and "Carryin' On With Johnny Cash and June Carter" (1967). Five more of Mr. Cash's albums will be reissued in July.
While they represent just a small portion of Mr. Cash's recorded output, the five albums that will come out next month demonstrate how all of the qualities that have made Mr. Cash an American icon were present at the very start of his career. Most tellingly, in their stylistic range and ambition, they dramatize Mr. Cash's continuing conviction that he should be guided by no one's musical lights but his own.
By the time of "The Fabulous Johnny Cash," Mr. Cash and his band, the Tennessee Two, had already established themselves as architects of the rockabilly sound, which blended the twang of country music with the raucousness of then-nascent rock 'n' roll. Just as important, Mr. Cash had already defined his persona as one of popular music's most incorrigible wild men, an amphetamine-fueled hellcat who had no patience for either country music's pieties or rock 'n' roll's teen-pop sentimentality.
Indeed, anyone who brings preconceived notions to Mr. Cash's music is likely to get upended. For example, Mr. Cash was an early, avid admirer of Bob Dylan at a time when conservative country audiences found little to like in Mr. Dylan's bohemian lifestyle or his politics of social protest. "Orange Blossom Special" includes three songs written by Mr. Dylan, and limned connections between folk music, country and rock 'n' roll that are now taken for granted.
"There's no doubt about Bob Dylan's influence on my music and myself," Mr. Cash said. "We became friends, but I already was a fan of his. I still am. I go to the record shop with every release he has and buy his new CD - and his latest one, by the way, is the best yet. Bob is timeless. Invariably, before every day ends, there will be a Bob Dylan song that'll float through me."
When Mr. Cash left Sun Records for Columbia in 1958, he cited the label's refusal to allow him to record an album of spirituals as one of the reasons for his departure. That particularly surprises younger listeners, for whom Mr. Cash is primarily known for being the forbidding "Man in Black," a precursor of hip-hop stars for whom courtrooms, boardrooms and the top of the charts are equally familiar. "Hymns by Johnny Cash," in fact, was Mr. Cash's second Columbia release. "I could not convince Sam Phillips about how important that music was to me," Mr. Cash said, referring to the founder of Sun Records. "His answer always was, 'I don't know how to sell hymns.' I understood that Sun was a very small company. But I didn't want to be restrained. I didn't want to be held back from doing anything that I felt was important for me to do on record or as a writer."
Over the intervening decades, gospel music has remained one of the mainstays of Mr. Cash's repertory. In 2000, Mr. Cash released a thematically organized three-disc compilation called "Love God Murder," with each disc addressing one of the primary subjects that has preoccupied him throughout his life. He sees little difference among the three concerns. "My faith in God has always been a solid rock that I have stood on," Mr. Cash said. "I was a bad boy at times, but God was always there for me, and I knew that. I guess I even took advantage of that fact. It's hard to justify, I'm sure, so far as you're concerned. But to me it's not."
"Roy Orbison wrote a song called 'My Best Friend,' and there's a line in there that says, 'A diamond is a diamond/ And a stone is a stone/ But man is part good/ And part bad.' I've always believed that the good will ultimately prevail, but there's a bad side of us that we have to keep warring against. I know I do."
Because of his illness, Mr. Cash no longer performs in front of audiences, and his public appearances are rare. But he does continue to record, and he is up for a Grammy this week in the category of best male country vocal. Since he left Columbia in 1993, Mr. Cash has made three albums with the producer Rick Rubin that are regarded as among his finest. They are notable both for their austere sound - emphasizing the gravitas of Mr. Cash's incomparable voice - and the boldness of their song selection. On those records, Mr. Cash has performed versions of his own songs, traditional ballads, spirituals and material written by artists as varied as Beck, Glenn Danzig, Neil Diamond and Nick Cave.
WHEN I signed with Rick's label about 10 years ago," Mr. Cash recalled, "I asked him what he would do with me that nobody else had done. He said, 'I would like for you to sit in front of a microphone with your guitar and sing every song you want to record.' I said: 'Whoa, that's a tall order. There are lots of songs over the years that I've wanted to do.' He said, 'Well, those are the ones that I want to hear.'"
The two men are now collaborating on a fourth album, which they plan to release later this year. On the cusp of 70, Mr. Cash sees no reason to cease being adventurous or to be content with a tasteful celebration of the work he has already done. "The songs are coming from every direction," Mr. Cash said of his forthcoming album. "I've written two or three new ones, and I recorded a Sting song called 'I Hung My Head.' I've recorded a Marty Robbins song called 'Big Iron.' I'm recording 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,' that Roberta Flack song. And I'm recording 'Hurt' by Nine Inch Nails."
One of the more ominous characters on the contemporary music scene, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails can be seen as one of Mr. Cash's many unruly progeny. That notion brings Mr. Cash delight. "When I heard that song, I thought, 'That sounds like something I could have written in the 60's,' " he said of "Hurt." "There's more heart, soul and pain in that song than any I've heard in a long time. I love it."
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Cash sang for all of the people
By MARY DICKIE -- Toronto Sun. The death of Johnny Cash is a loss for more than just the music world. Cash was a towering figure -- physically, morally and musically. He treated presidents, convicts, fans and journalists with the same amount of respect and interest. He was a deeply religious Southern Christian who maintained a remarkable open-mindedness about other beliefs.
Even after he became a wealthy, happily married cultural icon, Cash never forgot his upbringing in poverty and tragedy, or his wild and lonely years of drug dependency and depression. And he used those harsh experiences to make music that resonated with millions of people, whatever their personal histories. He sang and spoke out on behalf of the oppressed and the miserable, and wore black to symbolize his support for them, as he explained in 1971's Man In Black.
Most of all, though, Johnny Cash was a brilliant songwriter and performer whose trademark deep voice, loping guitar style and tragic or comic narrative songs became embedded into the whole world's musical psyche.
Cash began his career at Sun Records with the 1955 hits Hey Porter and Cry Cry Cry, and as part of the Million-Dollar Quartet with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. In the '60s he became a country music institution, recording theme albums of gospel and Hank Williams songs, as well as songs about the Old West, trains and the mistreatment of Native Americans. The Ballad Of Ira Hayes, for instance, eulogized a Native American war hero who faced racism upon his return to the U.S.
Cash got into trouble with pills and alcohol in the mid-'60s, and credited his marriage to singer June Carter Cash for saving his life and career. He sang honestly and even brutally about drug addiction in such songs as Cocaine Blues and his unforgettable cover of Kris Kristofferson's Sunday Morning Coming Down. But he also recorded comical songs, like A Boy Named Sue and One Piece At A Time, about an assembly-line worker who steals bits of a car over many years.
His 1956 classic Folsom Prison Blues, which contained the infamous line, "I shot a man in Reno/Just to watch him die," was one of his biggest hits. The best-known version, like A Boy Named Sue, was recorded live at its namesake prison, and the subsequent late-'60s albums At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin were among his most successful.
In the late '60s Cash was criticized by the country establishment for performing with Bob Dylan, then perceived as an anti-war folk singer, on Dylan's Nashville Skyline. But he brushed it off, inviting Dylan to guest on his popular TV show and following it up the next year with What Is Truth, which expressed sympathy for young people's anti- war protests. Later, Cash recorded songs by English post-punk artists like Nick Lowe (for a time his son-in-law) and Elvis Costello. In the '90s he began working with hip-hop producer Rick Rubin on the four ground-breaking American Recordings albums, on which he covered such seemingly incompatible artists as Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, U2, Danzig and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor -- whose Hurt became a premature eulogy for Cash as well as a heart-breaking video.
But Cash always had an appreciation for rock music. In an interview I conducted with him in 1987, he discussed his appreciation for Metallica, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne (whom he'd met at the Betty Ford Clinic) and other hard rock artists he'd been introduced to by his teenage son, John Carter Cash. This was at a time when Tipper Gore was trying to censor violent rock lyrics.
"To try to understand what my boy was into, I decided to see Metallica and Iron Maiden and Ozzy, who I knew already," Cash said. "And what I observed were a lot of young adults just lettin' loose and having a good time. 'Course there was grass-smoking, but there's grass-smoking at people's houses everywhere. And all the kids were nice to me. They'd shake my hand and say, 'Man, what are you doing at an Ozzy concert?' And I said, 'I'm enjoying the show!' I could see why John Carter was into it -- it's exciting and fun.
"And I got to thinking about how presumptuous people my age are to think they're going to raise their kids right by censoring three minutes of a day's dialogue. It's ridiculous. If a parent hasn't been close enough to his kids to let them make their own decisions, it's too late by the time they're ready to rock and roll."
We should all hope that the world has managed to absorb not just Cash's music but his spirit and attitudes as well.
March 29, 2001
OPEN LETTER to JOHNNY CASH
This is a boy who wants to dedicate a whole lot of thanks, to you and the Carter family and Everyone at American records for giving you your chance at singing your music, I see your back in the music charts!
Actually this boy wants to thank everyone in your life, your music and your good book. "CASH" that is! I haven't read your other good book just yet! If it was not for every one you have met in your life and consequently wrote about in "CASH" you would not be the man you are today. Between the second you were brought into this world by love. To the second you finished typing the last dot of your book and finished the last strum on American recordings. All of that work if nothing else comes of it, it saved me from the fires of hell. Thank you Johnny Cash. This may all sound familiar, like a pop band thanking their idols when they receive their first Grammy.
But I've won God into my heart because of you and your music. My own father died 18 months ago. He was a good man from a very simple country background. He thought me the gospel and read me the bible as a child. A Good man who new life was a spiritual experience and he had god and a lot of love on his side.
I've never read all of the holy book, maybe when life slows down, I will get around to it. May help me face up to a few other things in life! I cursed God for taking my Father, I cursed him for stealing my Mothers smile. I asked that god above, to leave my heart because by brother had to go away soon after dad had gone. That hurt really bad, because I really wanted to get to know both of them better as men. Maybe later on down the road I will? But most of all I hated God, he broke my spirit and my heart! I didn't understand then, that if God leaves your life, your heart that is! That Lucifer will step in and slowly smash your soul to pieces. With drink, drugs and all that! I was too young to understand that.
Anyway Mr.Cash. We may never meet. If you ever do a show in Dublin City, Ireland,. I'll be sure to go see you. But I would love to look in the eyes of another man who has been to Jericho and back again. FEAR was the beast unleashed on my family when dad left. But your songs on your old martin d28 may have made a lot of records. BUT, No amount of record sales, or good books, could ever replace your kind and wise old words or "American Recordings".
Right when I thought it better to end it all. Somehow that CD, landed in my collection of modern drum music. The words that you said to me through your book and this album went something like this:I had lost everything and was looking for other ways out of reality. YOU said "what else you got boy" I said "nothing Johnny". You sang "the beast in me" for me. Then I new I wasn't alone. Then you said " well I see you have two good hands, a mouth, two ears and a whole lotta fear". I said "what can I do with that", you said "buy a good black guitar and learn to sing about fear and truth". I said "ok"And you now another thing Mr. Cash:
Believe it or believe it not. My mother and I are doing just fine now, with the help of God again. We have been doing a whole lot of righteous praying. But last night we said our rosary as we do every night now, and we dedicated it to you. That may sound pretty little to you, but It's probably the biggest life time achievement award you could get, being top of my old Mother's prayer list of thanks!
15 months later of murdering three chords on an old acoustic. My mother and I are going to sit by the fire, we don't have a lot, but we do have love in our hearts now. So we are going to sing "I walk the line" and "the man who couldn't cry" together, for my father on his birthday. My Dad was a good honest man, and he liked you Mr.Cash. That impressed on me a lot as a boy. You see my father was my idol as a child. He had only two idols in his life who walked the line. Jesus Christ and Johnny Cash. The fact that Jesus Could walk on water, put Him top! So from one boy dressed in black starting out in life. With nothing more than a strong spirit, four good chords, a good black guitar and a whole lot of learning to do. Thank you for being you.
One last thing before I say goodbye, Mr. Cash. Maybe when I get on a bit, and my body is starting to moan at me to slow down. I could save one good mans soul as well, with my music and words.
Your spirit will live forever Johnny Cash. But few of us Men in this world can be living legends. Even fewer can control the "beast inside". There is only a small hand full of "Good Righteous Men". But I only know one "Johnny Cash".
God Bless You J.R.Cash.
From: Niall Maher
24 watermeadow drive,
Old Bawn, Tallaght,
Dublin 24. Ireland
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