Cash, John R.


Cash, John R.
▪ 2004
“Johnny” 
      American singer-songwriter (b. Feb. 26, 1932, Kingsland, Ark.—d. Sept. 12, 2003, Nashville, Tenn.), was a country-and-western legend whose genre-hopping music influenced folk and rock and whose craggy baritone, simple poetics, hard-won integrity, and advocacy of the dispossessed transformed him into an American icon. Cash was the son of impoverished farmers; he grew up in Mississippi and, after high school and a stint in a Detroit factory, enlisted in the air force, where he learned to play the guitar. After his military service, he married Vivian Liberto, moved to Memphis, Tenn., and worked as an appliance salesman while pursuing music. Recording for the Sun label, Cash and the Tennessee Two (Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins) scored a string of hits, including “Folsom Prison Blues” (1955) and “I Walk the Line” (1956). Moving to Columbia Records, Cash topped the country chart in 1963 with “Ring of Fire,” co-written for him by June Carter (see Cash, June Carter ), of the legendary musical Carter Family, who became his second wife (1968). Cash eschewed the glittery fashions typical of country performers to become the “man in black,” symbolic of his intolerance of injustice. A dynamic live performer who began his shows with the simple introduction “Hello, I'm Johnny Cash,” he had hits with the albums Live at Folsom Prison (1968) and Johnny Cash at San Quentin (1969). In the late 1960s and '70s he hosted a television show, collaborated with Bob Dylan, and rivaled the Beatles in record sales. Among his hits were “A Boy Named Sue” (1969) and “One Piece at a Time” (1976). Cash's popularity waned in the late '70s and '80s, but the series of critically acclaimed albums he made with producer Ric Rubin, beginning with American Recordings (1994), introduced a new generation to his music. The winner of 11 Grammy Awards, he was a member of both the Rock and Roll and Country Music halls of fame. Having survived earlier battles with alcohol and drugs, he died of complications from diabetes.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cash,John — Cash (kăsh), John. Known as “Johnny.” Born 1932. American country and western singer and songwriter best known for his songs about poverty and the downtrodden, including “Folsom Prison Blues” (1969). * * * …   Universalium

  • John Carter Cash — (born 3 March 1970) is an American Country music singer, songwriter and producer. He is the only child of Johnny and June Carter Cash.He was born into a family of great musical tradition. He has five surviving half sisters: Rosanne Cash, Carlene… …   Wikipedia

  • John Carter Cash — (* 3. März 1970) ist ein US amerikanischer Country Musiker und Sänger, Songwriter und Musikproduzent. Er ist der Sohn von Johnny Cash und June Carter Cash. John Carter Cash wurde in eine Familie mit großer musikalischer Tradition geboren. Schon… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cash, June Carter — ▪ 2004       American singer, songwriter, and actress (b. June 23, 1929, Maces Spring, Va. d. May 15, 2003, Nashville, Tenn.), began her long career in country music when she was a young child, performing as a member of the legendary Carter… …   Universalium

  • John Henry (folklore) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir John Henry. Statue de John Henry, le long de la route où aurait eu lieu son combat mythique John Henry est un héros folklorique américain mythique. De nom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cash for Honours — (also Cash for Peerages, Loans for Honours or Loans for Peerages) is the name given by some in the media to a political scandal in the United Kingdom in 2006 and 2007 concerning the connection between political donations and the award of life… …   Wikipedia

  • John R. Cash — Álbum de Johnny Cash Publicación Marzo de 1975 Género(s) Country Duración 28:37 Discográfica …   Wikipedia Español

  • Cash Money — Records ist ein Hip Hop Label aus New Orleans. Das Unternehmen ist ein Tochterunternehmen der Universal Motown Records Group. Cash Money ist eines der wichtigsten Labels der Dirty South Rapszene. Cash Money wurde 1991 von Bryan Baby Williams und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cash-cash — (film) Cash Cash Titre original Finders Keepers Réalisation Richard Lester Acteurs principaux Michael O Keefe Beverly D Angelo Louis Gossett Jr. Jim Carrey Scénario Charles Dennis Ronny Graham Terence marsh Musiq …   Wikipédia en Français

  • John Brown (abolitionist) — John Brown Daguerreotype of Brown, ca.1856. Born May 9, 1800(1800 05 09) Torrington, Connecticut Died …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.