The 20th century could be said to have been blessed with many prominent fellas, from the world of politics to journalism down to music, and these men have left an indelible mark in the sands of time. Johnny Cash cannot be tagged any less than the man who stirred the world of music in the 20th century. A singer cum songwriter, he graced the world of music with an astonishing array of country music. Blessed with the right skills for the business, he wowed the world with his baritone voice which influenced genres like gospel, rockabilly, blues, folk.
Cash distinguished himself in every way possible with a known feature of being on black while presenting on stages. His songs were mostly based on ‘dark’ themes, which earned him the nickname ‘The Man in Black’. Johnny Cash started his career by recording gospel songs and ended it by making covers for modern artists. Some of his well-known works include ‘Man in Black’, ‘Hey, Peter’, ‘I walk the Line’ and lots more.
Johnny Cash – Biography
Born on the 26th of February 1932 into the family of Carrie Cloveree and Ray Cash in Kingsland, Arkansas, Johnny Cash was of Engish and Scottish origins. He was blessed with the love of six siblings with whom he grew up in a poor farming community where he lost his elder brother jack to the mill. This caused him much pain as he was very close to Jack. Young Johnny was inspired by gospel and Irish music and began writing songs at age 12.
In 1950, he joined the United States Airforce and with a few of his buddies, he formed the Landsberg Barbarians, a band that gave him a chance to play live shows. Following his discharge from the Air force, Johnny Cash got married to Vivian and lived with her at Tennessee where he worked as an appliance salesman while pursuing his musical career.
He then formed a group of his own with Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins; both of who worked for Johnny’s older brother Roy. They soon formed a tight bond but were limited to gospel music. With his old $5 guitar, Johnny was seen as the frontman of the group.
In late 1954, Johnny Cash and the duo visited Sun records owner Sam Philips to record their song. Sam was impressed but had them do more work in converting the song from a gospel song to a circular song due to how limited the gospel genre is. The trio did just that and came up with the song ‘Hey Porter’ written by Cash. Later that year, they came up with ‘Cry, cry, cry’. The two songs turned out to be instant hits.
Other amazing hits followed but the real taste of fame came when Cash wrote and released ‘I Walk The Line’ which sprang up to N0.1 on the country music chart. From then onwards, his fame soared and saw to the birth of other very good songs.
Johnny Cash was not left out on controversies as fame often comes with pain. In the early 1960s, the singer was tipped to be involved in drug-substance abuse and excessive intake of alcohol. This turned out to a norm for him as he was always on tour performing on different stages. He was found in a near death state in the following year by the police and was also said to have been slapped with charges of arrest for smuggling amphetamines into the United States across the Mexican border and for starting a forest fire in a California park.
Wife and Children
Johnny Cash got married to Vivian in 1954 after his discharge from the military and she was by his side through his years of progression in his musical career. They had 4 daughters; Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy and Tara. But with Johnny’s reckless life of drinking and drug abuse, the marriage was short lived and he filed for divorce in 1966.
With the help of June Carter, his old touring companion, he got his reckless life under control and decided to give matrimony a second chance by marrying her. The two got married on March 1, 1968 and are blessed with a son; John Carter Cash. His new family gave Johnny a remarkable turnaround in his career too.
When Did He Die?
In the late 1990s, Johnny Cash’s health began to deteriorate. He was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease autonomic neuropathy and was hospitalized for pneumonia in 1998. But he continued to make music with a release in 2002; ‘American IV: The Man Comes Around’. The next year, as his health kept declining, but things got worse when his longtime lover June died in 2003. Johnny Cash eventually died on the 12th day of September 2003, at the age of 71, just a week after his ’America V’ release.
Net Worth of Johnny Cash
As famously as he is remembered, Johnny Cash made music that placed him on the list of the highest earning musicians of his time and as such, his net worth did not speak any less of his influence in the world of music. This is proven by the fact that he kept up his musical release until death. As at the time of his passing, Jonny Cash had a net worth of $60 million.