Today we commemorate Johnny Cash (1932)

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Monday, 26 February 2018

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The famous singer and songwriter was born on February 26, in 1932. Johnny Cash was the most influential musician of the 20th century and is also known as the Man in Black for his unique style of on-stage costuming.

Singing in the fields
Cash was born as J.R. Cash in Kingsland, Arkansas as one of the seven children from Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash. In 1935, the family moved to Dyess, Arkansas so that his father could pay off their debts by working in cotton fields. At the age of 5, Cash started helping his father working on the 20 acres of cotton. The family used to sing while working and Cash loved singing along with his siblings.

The Air Force
When Cash entered the Air Force in 1950, he had to change his name into John R. Cash, since it was not permitted to use initials as a first name in the military. He eventually used the name Johnny Cash as his stage name when he signed with Sun Records in 1955. Cash started writing songs at the age of 12, but he wrote most of his best songs during his time in the Air Force.

360 trivial fact
There are many myths about Cash’s history in prison. Yes, he overnight seven times in prison, but this was for his violence under influence of alcohol and drugs. He never shot a man in Reno like he sung in his song “Folsom Prison Blues”.


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