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June Carter Cash

Singer
Female
Born Jun 23, 1929
Hometown the United States
Died May 15, 2003
Death Place the United States
Religion Christian
Height 5' 5" (165 cm)
Nationality American

Valerie June Carter Cash was an American singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and author who was a member of the Carter Family and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. She played the guitar, banjo, harmonica, and autoharp and acted in several films and television shows. Carter Cash was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2009. She was ranked No.  31 in CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music in 2002.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1929 Birth Born on June 23, 1929.
1939 10 Years Old June Carter Cash was born Valerie June Carter in Maces Spring, Virginia, to Maybelle Carter and Ezra Carter. She was born into country music and performed with the Carter Family from the age of ten, beginning in 1939.

TEENAGE

1943 14 Years Old In March 1943, when the Carter Family trio stopped recording together at the end of the WBT contract, Maybelle Carter, with encouragement from her husband Ezra, formed "Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters" with her daughters, Helen, Anita, and June. … Read More
1946 17 Years Old After Doc and Carl dropped out of the music business in late 1946, Maybelle and her daughters moved to Sunshine Sue Workman's "Old Dominion Barn Dance" on the WRVA Richmond station. … Read More

TWENTIES

1949 20 Years Old In 1949, Maybelle & The Carter Sisters, with their lead guitarist, Atkins, were living in Springfield, Missouri, and performing regularly at KWTO. … Read More
1952 23 Years Old She was married first to honky-tonk singer Carl Smith from July 9, 1952, until their divorce in 1956. Together they wrote "Time's A-Wastin'". They had a daughter, Rebecca Carlene Smith, aka Carlene Carter, a country musician. June's second marriage was to Edwin "Rip" Nix, a former football player, police officer, and race car driver, on November 11, 1957. They had a daughter, Rosanna Lea aka Rosie, on July 13, 1958. The couple divorced in 1966. Rosie Nix Adams was a country/rock singer. On October 24, 2003, Rosie, aged 45, died on a converted for travel school bus, along with a fellow musician, D. Campbell, from a tragic, accidental carbon monoxide poisoning stemming from the several propane heaters that were being used to heat the bus. … Read More
1955 26 Years Old While June Carter Cash may be best known for singing and songwriting, she was also an author, dancer, actress, comedian, philanthropist, and humanitarian. Director Elia Kazan saw her perform at the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and encouraged her to study acting. … Read More

THIRTIES

1963 34 Years Old Carter's association with Johnny Cash pre-dated her marriage to him by many years. In 1963, she wrote "Ring of Fire", allegedly inspired by her feelings towards the singer, though Cash was not the first to record it (Anita Carter was).
1964 35 Years Old Her first notable studio performance with Johnny Cash occurred in 1964 when she duetted with Cash on "It Ain't Me Babe", a Bob Dylan composition, that was released as a single and on Cash's album Orange Blossom Special. … Read More
1968 39 Years Old …  Their performance won the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Performance Duet, Trio or Group. The two – now married – won the 1971 Grammy Award, for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, for their 1970 duet "If I Were a Carpenter".

FORTIES

1969 40 Years Old She continued to work with Cash on record and on stage for the rest of her life, recording a number of duets with Cash for his various albums and being a regular on The Johnny Cash Show from 1969-1971 and on Cash's annual Christmas specials.
1970 41 Years Old In 1970, Carter's distant cousin, future U.S. President Jimmy Carter, became closely acquainted with Cash and Carter and maintained their friendship throughout their lifetime. … Read More
1973 44 Years Old After Carryin' On, June Carter Cash recorded one more direct collaboration album, Johnny Cash and His Woman, released in 1973, and along with her daughters was a featured vocalist on Cash's 1974 album The Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me. … Read More
1975 46 Years Old Although she provided vocals on many recordings, and shared the billing with Cash on several album releases, June Carter Cash only recorded three solo albums during her lifetime: the first, Appalachian Pride, was released in 1975 and she only recorded two further solo albums: Press On (1999) and Wildwood Flower, the latter released posthumously in 2003 and produced by her son, John Carter Cash. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1999 70 Years Old She won a Grammy award in 1999 for, Press On. … Read More
2000 71 Years Old Carter Cash won the 2000 Grammy Award, for Best Traditional Folk Album, for her 1999 album Press On. … Read More
2002 73 Years Old It contains bonus video enhancements showing extracts from the film of the recording sessions, which took place at the Carter Family estate in Hiltons, Virginia, on September 18–20, 2002. … Read More
One of her final appearances was a non-speaking/non-singing appearance in the music video for her husband's 2003 single, "Hurt", filmed a few months before her death.
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