Who is Johnny Cash?

Johnny Cash was a singer-songwriter from America. Also he was a guitarist, actor, as well as the author. He was born on February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, US. Sadly, he died on September 12, 2003, in Nashville, Tennessee, US. Johnny Cash is still the best-selling music artist of all time, with more than 90 million records worldwide.

Quick Info
Celebrated NameJohnny Cash
Professionsinger-songwriter, guitarist, actor, author
Birth DateFebruary 26, 1932
Birth PlaceKingsland, Arkansas, US
Death DateSeptember 12, 2003
Death PlaceNashville, Tennessee, US
ParentsFather: Ray Cash
Mother: Carrie Clover
WifeVivian Liberto (divorced)
June Carter

Johnny Cash

Early Life

Johnny Cash was born to Ray Cash and Carrie Clover. He came from a poor family, due to which they had financial problems. Thus, he helped his family working in the cotton fields. Johnny’s closest elder brother Jack died being pulled into a rotating head saw in the mill. This added woes in his childhood. At the age of 12, he was inspired by Irish music and started writing songs. Also, he learned to play the guitar during the time.

In 1950, he served in the United States Air Force, as a Morse Code Intercept Operator. Later, on July 3, 1954, he nobly discharged as Staff Sergeant.

The Career of Johnny Cash

Johnny worked as an appliance salesman, after his marriage. He formed a tight music group with a few mechanics, named “Johnny Cash and Tennessee Two”. Subsequently, they played a fusion of country and blues music. In 1995, they released the songs “Hey, Porter”, “Cry! Cry! Cry!”, ‘So Doggone Lonesome”, and “Folsom Prison Blues”.

In 1956, he released his song, “I Walk The Line”, which became a success on the music charts. Furthermore, he gained more fame after recording a “long-playing album”, and became the highest-selling artist, along with the Sun Records. In 1958, dealing with the Columbia Records, he released his single “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town”, which entered the pop charts. Eventually, in the 1960s, Johnny appeared in the television series “Rainbow Quest”. Also, he starred in the movie, “Five Minutes to Live”.

Johnny Cash

Johnny’s career went down after he started drinking and also took drugs excessively. Also, he separated from his first wife and remarried. However, in 1968, he released the live album, “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison”, which became hit. In 1969, he became a host on the ABC Network, “The Jonny Cash Show”. By the 1970s, he became “The Man in Black”, as he frequently dressed in black. Also, he wrote a song, “Man in Black”, in 1971.

More About His Career

Furthermore, in 1973, Johnny released the double album, “The Gospel Road”. Meanwhile, in 1975, his autobiography, “Man in Black”, published. Later, in the 1980s, he recorded three hit albums, along with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. Eventually, he reunited with Sun Studios and recorded “Class of 55”. In 1990, he released the second album, “American Recordings”, which became one of his greatest works. Likewise, in 1995, he released his third and final album “Highwaymen- The Road Goes on Forever”.

In 1997, Johnny wrote his remaining autobiography series, “Cash: The Autobiography”, which covered his life details. In 2000, he released “American III: Solitary Man”, and two years later, he released “American IV” The Man Comes Around”. He gained popular acclaim for this. Besides, during his last stage of the career, he covered songs like “Hurt”, “Rusty Cage”, among many others.

Personal Life

Johnny Cash

In 1954, Johnny Cash married Vivian Liberto. Also, they had four daughters together. However, having many affairs, and being alcoholic, he filed for divorce with her in 1966. Later, on March 11, 1968, he married June Carter. Also, the couple has a son together.


During his final year, he was diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease Shy-Drager syndrome. Even for having severe pneumonia and affecting his lungs, he was hospitalized. Sadly, with the problems of diabetes, he died at the age of 73. Besides, he was shattered by his wife’s death as she passed just four months before him.

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