Johnny Cash. Bio. Born February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas Born as John R. Cash Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Advocate Nickname: the Man in Black Music innovatively mixed country, rock, blues, and gospel. Musical Influences . Old folk songs
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Remained true to the rich storytelling tradition of country music
Lyrics embraced realism; unapologetically identified with the oppressed.
Social and political issues
Simple but powerful songs of elemental experiences
Listen for blending of country, bluegrass, blues, gospel and swing jazz. Strong vocal backed by simple melodies. String instruments
“Johnny’s voice was so big, it made the world grow small.”
Received 23 GMI Awards for writing countless American Classics
His songs speak of the human experience and the people who work for the American Dream
Embraced the radical social justice movements of the 60’s.
Protested Vietnam; played for the troops
Vocal champion for penal reform
"Johnny Cash transcends all musical boundaries, and is one of the original outlaws."
-Willie NelsonMusical Impact
Occupies spots in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1992), Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (1989), and the Country Music Hall of Fame (1980).
Country music icon around the globe
“Johnny Cash helped show the world what happens when rural sensibilities and values mix musically with the urban environment. Over the years he demonstrated a broad musical perspective, never being afraid to record songs of social commentary.”