John R. “Johnny” Cash, also known as “The Man in Black,” was born in Kingsland, Arkansas on February 26, 1932. His parents were unable to agree on a middle name, so they gave him the letter “R” as a compromise. Music was very much a part of the Cash family and Johnny soaked up a variety of musical influences ranging from folk to hymns to farm songs. After being signed to a record label, struggling with making it, drug and alcohol addictions, and going through a divorce, Johnny remarried his singing partner, June Carter in 1968.
Johnny Cash has received several awards from Country Music Association Awards to Grammies to several “Hall of Fame” inductions. He is one of 13 performers who are both in the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In September of 2003, “The Man in Black” died at Baptist Hospital in Nashville Tennessee due to complications from diabetes.
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