February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003
Johnny Cash went from being the child of Arkansas sharecroppers during the Great Depression, to one of the best selling music artists of all times. His deep baritone voice hit the airwaves in 1955, with his first single, Hey Porter.
Cash often wore black, which gave him the name, The Man in Black. His signature introduction at concerts was, ‘Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. His biggest hits were, I Walk The Line, Ring Of Fire and A Boy Named Sue. He had a lengthy musical career which ran from 1955 to 2003.
Cash struggled with drugs and alcohol. With the help of his wife, June Carter Cash, he fought the addition.
Among his accomplishments, Cash was ranked #1 of the 40 greatest men in country music. His album, Ring of Fire, was the first country music album to ever reach the top of the US Pop Charts in 1964. Cash recorded around 1,500 songs, which can be found on his nearly 500 albums. He had 14 #1 country music hits and won 11 grammy awards.
Cash was awarded a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also appeared on a postage stamp in the Music Icon series. This stamp was issued on June 5, 2013.
Johnny Cash died from complications of diabetes at the age of 71. He was in the process of recording another album when he died.