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J.R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music, Rock and Roll and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Cash was known for his deep bass-baritone voice, the distinctive sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, a rebelliousness coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor, free prison concerts, and a trademark look, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black". He traditionally began his concerts with the simple "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash", followed by his signature "Folsom Prison Blues".

Much of Cash's music echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption, especially in the later stages of his career. His best-known songs included "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Get Rhythm" and "Man in Black". He also recorded humorous numbers like "One Piece at a Time" and "A Boy Named Sue"; a duet with his future wife, June Carter, called "Jackson"; and railroad songs including "Hey, Porter" and "Rock Island Line". During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails.


Top Rated Albums

The Best of Johnny Cash
Compilation - 1998


The Adventures of Johnny Cash
Studio Album - 1982


Now Here's Johnny Cash
Studio Album - 1961


One Piece at a Time
Studio Album - 1976


American IV: The Man Comes Around
Studio Album - 2002


Ring of Fire - The Legend of Johnny Cash
Compilation (Import) - 2005


Gone Girl
Studio Album - 1978


Studio Album - 1959




Birth Name

J. R. Cash


Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica


United States

Years active


Date Born

Friday, February 26, 1932

City Born

Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S.

Date Died

Friday, September 12, 2003

City Died

Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.


71 (at time of death)

Born 89 years ago.

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