JOHNNY CASH. Semester Powerpoint By: Nicole Casaday. Biography. Walking a Line in His Shoes. February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas ; the one and only Johnny Cash was brought into a loving family of nine created by Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash .
By: Nicole Casaday
Walking a Line in His Shoes
February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas; the one and only Johnny Cash was brought into a loving family of nine created by Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash.
Johnny and his family lived In Kingsland until he was at the age of three, where they then moved to Dyess, Arkansas; a Colony in Northeast Arkansas. The Cash family farmed nearly 20 acres filled of cotton, there Ray, Kerry and all seven of their children worked side by side in the crops; including little Johnny.
Cash spent his childhood in Dyess Colony until he graduated high school in 1950, where he then fled off to Detroit in search of work only to find himself in Pontiac, Michigan working in the automotive business.
However, Cash soon after enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was sent off to basic training in Texas. While in Texas Cash accidentally stumbled upon love and met his first wife Vivian Liberto, than was almost immediately shipped off to Landsberg, Germany.
Cash started his first band in the military named The Landsberg Barbarians. Cash struggled while desperately trying to break into the music business. When Cash auditioned as solo artist for Sam Phillips’ Sun Records, that following Spring he was in the Sun Studios to record with his new band; The Tennessee Three. Originally consisting of Luther Perkins, Marshall Grant and Red Kernodle. A most popular song of Johnny’s was produced at this time by the name of “Hey Porter,” however, it had a futile running.
Vivian Liberto Becomes…
Vivian Libertobecame Vivian Cash in 1954 upon his arrival home. They soon after settled into a little placed they called home in Memphis.
Cash’s next release for Sun Records had a significant increase with “Cry,Cry,Cry”cracking the Billboard’s Top 20 and peaking at No. 14. Than along came what we all know Cash by today; “I walk the Line” topping at the No.1 position for 43 weeks! This album sold of two million copies with other big hits including “So Doggone Lonesome” and my favorite “Folsom Prison Blues.” Johnny’s dream lived on as the fans grew along with his fame and fortune. In 1956 he was invited to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. By 1957 Cash had a handful of remarkable hits and the following years made the decision to switch to Columbia Records in search of more artistic freedom; still longing for gospel records.
As his tours grew to an outstanding 300 shows a year his marriage grew cold and divorce seemed inevitable. Cash began relying on narcotics to overlook his problems and to keep up with his hectic pace. By the mid-1960’s Cash had grown uncontrollably addicted and his music career
was in serious jeopardy and had begun to fail.
“Unfortunately, as his fame and fortune grew, so did his ego and pride. Cash’s life was spinning out of control into a down tunnel and began collapsing before his eyes.”
During Cash’s crash on life his long time friend and performing partner June Carter stuck by his side and eventually with the help of her family they managed to help him overcome his addiction.
Cash desperately fell for June and in 1968 they were married and his career was back on track. He performed numerous live recordings at Folsom Prison and San Quentin and later was awarded with Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year and male Vocalist awards in 1969.
1969 continued to become the highlight of Cash’s life as he received a network television spot for “The Johnny Cash Show” which aired on ABC. The show featured live guests ranging from Bob Dylan to Louis Armstrong. Cash used the show to break down musical barriers and create genres. He also used the show as a forum to discuss and raise the country’s collective consciousness about social issues of the day.
By the age of 48, Johnny Cash became the youngest living inductee into the Country
Music Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also bestowed their honor on him in 1995.Cash was became the first ever known to be not only recognized by idolized in both genres of music. Even after all of Cash’s accomplishments he was far from stopping. In 1985, Cash joined with friends Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson to form “The Highwaymen.” The ‘super-group’ released three albums between 1985 and 1995 scoring a No. 1 hit with the single “Highwayman” from their first album. In the 1990’s Cash began a struggle with health issues, but entered a professional renaissance after signing with rap producer Rick Rubin’s
American record label. In 1994 he won a Grammy for best contemporary folk album and in 1997 for the best country album. In 2001 he once again was awarded another Grammy for best male country vocal performance, followed by three CMA awards in 2003.
Unfortunately, some good must always come to an end and Johnny experienced a significant loss when his wife June Carter unexpectedly passed away in May of 2003.Johnny too passed away at the age of 71, on September 12, 2003 at the Baptist hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
Cash lived on as a movie was recreated to reflect on his early romance with Carter, titled Walk the Line and was nominated for Best Picture. Johnny & June had seven children between them; Carlene Carter, Rosanne Cash, Rosey Carter, Kathleen Cash, Cindy Cash, Tara Cash and John Carter Cash.
On the morning of January 13, Cash, June Carter Cash, his usual backing band The Tennessee Three; all gathered up and traveled to Folsom. Cash walked up on stage and delivered his iconic, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash” and the place went wild. Cash later claimed“the inmates at Folsom Prison were the most enthusiastic audience I have ever played to.”
The song began scaling both pop and county charts as soon as it hit the radio. At Folsom Prison remains a legendary album, with millions of copies sold and tons of praise heaped upon it.
Folsom Prison Blues is one of the most recognizable song lyrics in popular music. In 1957 Cash played live for the first time for some inmates at Huntsville State Prison. The event went over so well that Cash continued this practice, playing concerts at prisons around the U.S.
Reason behind the Rhyme
June Carter wrote the song ‘Ring of Fire’ with the help of her friend Merele Kilgore to describe her relationship with Johnny Cash. She felt being around Cash was like being in a “ring of fire.” As previously stated Cash was involved in drugs and had a very volatile lifestyle and June saw him through to the end. June wrote this song before her and Cash were married, and continued her fire like life style with Cash for the next 35 years. Cash’s version became one of his biggest hits, and his marriage to June four years later helped save his life.
According to the Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Songs, June Carter wrote this song while driving around aimlessly one night, worried about Cash’s wildman ways – and aware that she couldn’t resist him. “There is no way to be in that kind of hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns,” she wrote.
“The Ring of Fire” stands today as one of Johnny’s most widely known hits with its catchy tune and deep bass. This song like many others of Cash’s resembles a very important part of his life, and it makes it even better that his beloved wife of 35 years wrote for him, about him.
April 2, 1956 Cash recorded his single “I Walk the Line”.
May 1, 1956 the song was released by Sun Records and produced by Sam Phillips.
“I Walk the Line” got its number one Billboard hit for the group, and remained there for over 43 weeks, and sold over 2 million copies.
wrote the song backstage one night in 1956 in Gladewater, Texas. I was newly married at the time, and I suppose I was laying out my pledge of devotion.”
Ring of Fire - 2:24
Folsom Prison Blues - 2:25
Walk the Line 2:43
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