Johnny Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003)
On February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, the fourth child of Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree,, J.R. was born. When J.R, joined the Air Force he was told he couldn’t use just initials, so he used John R. Cash. In 1956 when he began recording for Sun Records he began using Johnny Cash… and the rest of the story we know, but we’ll let Wikipedia sum it up….
John R. “Johnny” Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country icon, his songs and sound spanned other genres including rock and roll and rockabilly—especially early in his career—and blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Cash was known for his deep, distinctive bass-baritone voice,[a] for the “boom-chicka-boom” sound of his Tennessee Three backing band; for a rebelliousness, coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor; for providing free concerts inside prison walls;[page needed] and for his dark performance clothing, which earned him the nickname “The Man in Black”.[b] He traditionally began his concerts with the phrase “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”[c], followed by his standard “Folsom Prison Blues Read More
I loved Johnny Cash’s music from the first time I heard :”Ring of Fire” There are many Johnny Cash albums in my vinyl collection including the live albums from San Quentin and Folsom Prison,, Additionally, way back when, I always tried to watch his television show!
So, what music should we play on John’s birthday? Well of course there’s “Folsom Prison Blues”, how about “Girl From the North Country”, that always is rattling around in the jukebox in my mind?, “Busted” worked for me for many years! Ah, a great one would be “Jackson” a duet with his beloved wife, June. How about on I haven’t heard for a long time “The Highwayman” What better way to celebrate Johnny’s birthday than to watch him perform with Willie, Kris and Waylon!!
So here’s”The Highwayman” from The Highwaymen!! Happy Birthday Johnny Cash and I hope you and Waylon are havein’ a helluva’ good party wherever you guys are!!