Johnny Cash

Singer and Songwriter
Born Feb 26, 1932

John R. "Johnny" Cash, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country music icon, his songs and sound spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll—especially early in his career—as well as blues, folk, and gospel.… Read More

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1932 Birth Cash was born on February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, one of seven children born to Ray Cash (May 13, 1897, Kingsland, Arkansas – December 23, 1985, Hendersonville, Tennessee) and Carrie Cloveree (née Rivers; March 13, 1904, Rison, Arkansas – March 11, 1991, Hendersonville, Tennessee). … Read More
1935 3 Years Old The Cash children were: Roy, Margaret Louise, Jack, J. R., Reba, Joanne, and Tommy. Tommy Cash also became a successful country artist. In March 1935, when Cash was three years old, the family settled in Dyess, Arkansas. … Read More


1944 12 Years Old Cash was very close to his older brother, Jack. In May 1944, Jack was pulled into a whirling head saw in the mill where he worked and was almost cut in two. … Read More
1950 18 Years Old Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 7, 1950. … Read More
1951 19 Years Old On July 18, 1951, while in Air Force training, Cash met 17-year-old Vivian Liberto at a roller skating rink in her native San Antonio. … Read More


1954 22 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 7, 1954, one month after his discharge, they were married at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in San Antonio. … Read More
1955 23 Years Old In 1955, Cash made his first recordings at Sun, "Hey Porter" and "Cry! … Read More
1957 25 Years Old Cash's next record, "Folsom Prison Blues", made the country Top 5, and "I Walk the Line" became No. 1 on the country charts and entered the pop charts Top 20. "Home of the Blues" followed, recorded in July 1957. … Read More
1961 29 Years Old …  He also acted in and wrote and sang the opening theme for a 1961 film entitled Five Minutes to Live, later re-released as Door-to-door Maniac. … Read More


In June 1965, his camper caught fire during a fishing trip with his nephew Damon Fielder in Los Padres National Forest in California, triggering a forest fire that burnt several hundred acres and nearly killed Cash. … Read More
1966 34 Years Old Liberto stated that Cash's drug and alcohol abuse, as well as constant touring, affairs with other women, and his close relationship with June Carter led her to file for divorce in 1966. … Read More
1967 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Nonetheless, he continued to find success and in 1967, Cash's duet with June Carter, "Jackson," won a Grammy Award.
The couple married on March 1, 1968, in Franklin, Kentucky. … Read More
1969 37 Years Old In 1969 Cash became an international hit when he eclipsed even the Beatles by selling 6.5 million albums. … Read More
1970 38 Years Old When invited to perform at the White House for the first time in 1970, Richard Nixon's office requested that he play "Okie from Muskogee" (a satirical Merle Haggard song about people who despised youthful drug users and war protesters), "Welfare Cadillac" (a Guy Drake song which denies the integrity of welfare recipients), and "A Boy Named Sue." … Read More


1972 - 1973 2 More Events
1976 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, a further prison concert, this time at Tennessee Prison, was videotaped for TV broadcast and received a belated CD release after Cash's death as A Concert Behind Prison Walls. … Read More
1979 47 Years Old His friendship with Billy Graham led to the production of a film about the life of Jesus, The Gospel Road, which Cash co-wrote and narrated. Cash and June Carter Cash appeared several times on the Billy Graham Crusade TV specials, and Cash continued to include gospel and religious songs on many of his albums, though Columbia declined to release A Believer Sings the Truth, a gospel double-LP Cash recorded in 1979 and which ended up being released on an independent label even with Cash still under contract to Columbia. … Read More
1980 48 Years Old In 1980, Cash became the Country Music Hall of Fame's youngest living inductee at age 48, but during the 1980s his records failed to make a major impact on the country charts, although he continued to tour successfully. … Read More
1981 49 Years Old During that period, Cash appeared in a number of television films. In 1981, he starred in The Pride of Jesse Hallam, winning fine reviews for a film that called attention to adult illiteracy. … Read More


1983 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, he appeared as a heroic sheriff in Murder in Coweta County, based on a real-life Georgia murder case, which co-starred Andy Griffith as his nemesis and featured June Carter in a small but important role. … Read More
1984 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Cash released a self-parody recording titled "Chicken in Black," about Cash's brain being transplanted into a chicken and Cash receiving a bank robber's brain in return. … Read More
1986 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986, Cash returned to Sun Studios in Memphis to team up with Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins to create the album Class of '55; according to Hilburn, Columbia still had Cash under contract at the time, so special arrangements had to be made to allow him to participate.


1993 - 1997 4 More Events
1998 66 Years Old He was hospitalized in 1998 with severe pneumonia, which damaged his lungs. … Read More
1999 67 Years Old In 1999, Cash received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. … Read More
June Carter Cash died on May 15, 2003, at the age of 73. … Read More
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