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Johnny Cash Biography

Birth Name:
J.R. Cash
Birth Place:
Kingsland, Arkansas, United States
Singer, actor, writer

Fast Facts

  • Earned his first royalty check for $2
  • 41 with the 1955 single "Cry, Cry, Cry
  • " First met June Carter in 1956 and introduced himself by saying "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash and I'm going to marry you someday"; 12 years later, he did
  • Was banned from the Grand Ole Opry for a spell after a 1965 incident in which he smashed the footlights
  • Won the CMA Award for Album of the Year three times (1968's Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, 1969's Johnny Cash at San Quentin Prison, and 2003's American IV: The Man Comes Around)
  • In 1969, he won Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year (for "A Boy Named Sue") and Vocal Group of the Year (with June Carter Cash)
  • Showcased top names on his 1969 to 1971 ABC series The Johnny Cash Show, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Neil Young
  • The performance of another star of the era, Eric Clapton, was a highlight of a box set of Clapton's released in 2011
  • Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992
  • A posthumous album, American VI: Ain't No Grave, was released in 2010, on what would have been his 78th birthday; it was promoted that year as his last album
  • It featured songs penned by the likes of Tom Paxton and Kris Kristofferson, whose career received a major boost from Cash's early support


  • 1971Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated