American singer-songwriter, Johnny Cash was a son of Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree. From 1969 to 1971, he starred in his own television show entitled 'The Johnny Cash Show' on the ABC network. Cash died of complications from diabetes on 12th September 2003.He received multiple Country Music Association Awards and Grammys Awards. 'Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words, Zondervan, 1975' was his popular book.
Johnny Cash was previously married Vivian Liberto in 1954 and divorced in 1968. Then he married June Carter Cash, a member of the Carter Family in 1968 and divorced in 2003. The couple had a son John Carter Cash, a singer-songwriter born on 3rd March 1970.
Early Life Of Johnny Cash
John R. Cash was born on 26 February 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas to the family of Carrie Cloveree and Ray Cash. He was the fourth among seven kids in the family. Roy, Margaret Louise, Jack, Reba, Joanne, and Tommy were his brothers and sisters. Among all, he was very close to his elder brother Jack.
He belonged to Scottish and English descent. He was just three years of age when he shifted to Dyess, Arkansas with his family. He sang on a local radio station when he studied in the high school.
He released an album called My Mother's Hymn Book; an album of traditional gospel songs.
Johnny Cash's Career
He was enlisted in the United States Air Force on 7 July 1950. He returned to Texas after being tragically discharged as a staff sergeant on 3 July 1954.
It was the same year he moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he visited the Sun Records studio with a hope to get a contract. In 1955, he succeeded in making his first recording on Sun; "Cry! Cry! Cry!" and "Hey Porter".
He was best known for his calm bass-baritone and deep voice.
He was one of the best selling music artists of all time selling more than 90 million records all over the world. Primarily starring as a country music icon, he was generally known for songs and sound embracing rockability, blues, gospel, rock and roll, and folk.
His music basically contained moral tribulation, sorrow and redemption. Some of his songs included 'Get Rhythm', 'Man in Black', 'Ring of Fire', and 'I Walk the Line'.
His career was handled by Saul Holiff, a London, Ontario, promoter. Their relationship was best reflected in Saul's son's biopic named 'My Father and the Man in Black'.
He was imprisoned many times in his entire life. He was last arrested in Walker County, Georgia in 1967 when police found him carrying a bag with prescription pills. He began prison concerts in the late 1950s with the first one on 1st January 1958 at San Quentin State Prison.
His performance led to his successful albums like Johnny Cash at San Quentin and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison; both reaching at no. 1 on Billboard country album music.
He starred in his new TV show for two years starting from 1969.
Johnny Cash's Awards And Honors
He grabbed multiple Grammys, Country Music Association Awards, and others.
In 1967, he won a Grammy Award for "Jackson" performing diet with June Carter. Besides, he also appeared in an episode of Little House on the Prairie and as John Brown in the 1985 American Civil War TV miniseries North and South.
At the age of 48, he became the Country Music Hall of Fame's youngest living inductee. Four other halls of fame include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, GMA's Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
He achieved the Kennedy Center Honors in 1996. In 2001, he was praised with the National Medal of Arts
Working with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, he released Unchained in 1996. The album won the Best Country Album Grammy in 1998.
He released the albums American III: Solitary Man in 2000 and American IV: The Man Comes Around in 2002 during the last stage of his career.
Johnny Cash's Net Worth
Cash had an estimated net worth of about $120 million. Though he came from Arkansas, he spent most of his last days in Tennessee.
He had a home on a little ranch in Bon Aqua. After his death in 2003, the house was abandoned. The house remained empty for many years, however, it is now open for public as the 'Storytellers Museum'.
Brian Oxley a huge fan of the star heard about Cash's house which was for sale in 2015. He immediately bought for $895,000.
Johnny Cash's Personal Life
When Cash was in Air Force training, he met 17-year-old Vivian Liberto in her native in San Antonio on 18 June 1951. He dated Liberto for three weeks and was deployed to Germany for three years tour.
They exchanged love letters of 100 pages for three years until they married at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in San Antonio. The wedding ceremony was performed by his uncle, Vincent Liberto.
The couple had four children including Rosanne Cash, a singer-songwriter born on 24th May 1955, Kathy Cash born on 16th April 1956, Cindy Cash born on 29th July 1959 and Tara Cash, an actress born on 24th August 1961.
Liberto filed for divorce because of Cash's severe alcohol and drug abuse in 1966 being officially separated in 1968. All four kids were raised by their mother herself.
While on a tour he met singer June Carter and fell in love with her. Cash proposed Carter at a live performance in London. The couple married on 1st March 1968 in Franklin, Kentucky. Two years later being wedded, they welcomed a son named John Carter Cash on 3rd March 1970.
The couple was so much in love that they did everything together. They raised their son, created music and went on music tours together until his death in 2003.
Johnny Cash's Death
In 1997, he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease called Shy-Drager syndrome which was previously misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease.
He was hospitalized with severe pneumonia with damaged lungs in 1998. He was at Baptist Hospital in Nashville during the last days of his life.
He died on 12 September 2003 at the age of 71 after several complications associated with diabetes.