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That day in history: February 26, 1932

“He is what the land and country are about, the heart and soul of it are personified and what it means to be here; and he said everything in plain English. Listen to him and he will always bring you to your senses. “- Bob Dylan

John R. “Johnny” Cash was born on February 26th, 1932 and established himself as the international face of American roots music. Never one who should limit himself to labels. He is the only artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame - a testament to his broad appeal, talent, and popularity.

Johnny Cash was born into a family of poor grain planes in northeast Arkansas where they worked the cotton fields to make a living. Two things profoundly influenced the young man's life: the death of his older brother in 1944 with a table saw and gospel music. His mother taught him to play the guitar, and when he was 12 he wrote songs and played music on the local radio station.

After serving in the Air Force, Johnny married Vivian Liberto and signed a contract with Sun Records. The next year he recorded "Folsom Prison Blues," followed by "I Walk the Line," which became his first number 1 hit on the country charts. His debut album "Johnny Cash with his hot and blue guitar" was released in 1957.

Johnny Cash was Sun's best-selling artist, but felt held back by the smaller label's limitations. He then signed a contract with Columbia Records and released some of his biggest hits, including "No Guns in Town" and "Ring of Fire".

During this time, Cash also developed a serious problem with drugs and alcohol that sparked the end of his marriage and he was banned from the Grand Ole Opry in 1965. With the help of June Carter, he set up his deed, found God, and overcame his addiction to alcohol and pills. The couple married on March 1, 1968.

Cash won two Grammy Awards the following year for Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison. Additional recordings in San Quentin included the hit song "A Boy Named Sue," which became Cash's best-selling single, and the CMA single of the year for 1969. The song itself was written by famous writer Shel Silverstein. Cash had only heard it, recently sung by Silverstein at a party.

As such, Cash initially resisted inclusion on the show since he didn't think he had time to learn. He didn't, but picked it up anyway. Like cash said

I only sang it the first time the night before and I read it while I sang it. I still didn't know the words. As a last resort, I pulled out these lyrics and put them on the music stand, and when it came time to think I was brave enough, I made the song.

In fact, if you watch the filmed recording of "A Boy Named Sue" during this concert, you can see Cash read the lyrics as he sings for almost the entire song.

From 1969 to 1971 Johnny hosted a TV variety show with an eclectic mix of country, folk and rock artists. He continued with The Carter Sisters, Mother Maybelle Carter and the Statler Brothers. Hit records became less common in the 1980s, though he saw some degree of success with friends Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson when they recorded an album as Highwaymen in 1985 and did a few short but worked well. Get guided tours.

Cash worked with producer Rick Rubin in 1994 and released American Recordings, which consisted only of Cash and an acoustic guitar. Strong and Dark, Cash won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. In 1996 his album "Unchained" was awarded a Grammy for best country album.

In 1997 Johnny's autobiography "Cash: The Autobiography" was published. At the time, he also revealed that he had Shy-Drager syndrome, a rare nerve disorder characterized by stiffness, weakness, and tremors. His health continued to deteriorate and he rarely performed in public, although he continued to record music.

June Carter Cash died in May 2003 of complications from heart valve replacement surgery. She was 73 years old. Johnny continued to work but lived only four months longer than his beloved wife and died of complications from diabetes at the age of 71.

That Day in History: February 26, 1932 “He is what this country is about, the heart and soul of it are personified and what it means to be here; and he said everything in plain English. Listen to him and he will always bring you to your senses. “- Bob Dylan Born February 26, 1932, John