Johnny Cash

Chiefly remembered today as a country music icon whose songs are themed with misery, vindication, and moral tribulation.

Profession :

Country Singer

Birthday :

February 26, 1932

Star Sign :

Pisces

Death Date:

September 12, 2003

Age :

71

Birthplace :

Kingsland, Arkansas

Johnny Cash was known for his iconic calm and deep bass-baritone voice. He was famous for his signature all-black stage outfit, which earned him the nickname ‘The Man in Black.’ The ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ (1955) singer later became a member of The Highwaymen, the supergroup composed of the outlaw country music legends Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. Cash considered them as his blood brothers.

His name J.R. came about when his parents couldn’t agree on a name. It was the only moniker that compromised the names his parents wanted to give him—John from his mother and Ray from his father. Upon enlistment, the US Air Force gave him the name John R. Cash since initials used as first names are not allowed. He settled for Johnny Cash when he signed with Sun Records in 1955.

In the late 1950s, he started performing his concerts in prisons. He shared, ‘A prison audience is the most exciting in the world. The men are with you, feeding you every second. Maybe because they need you so bad…I gave them a stiff shot of realism, singing about the things they talk about, the outside, shooting, escaping, girlfriends, and coming to the end. They knew it was for them. Just them and me.’