11 Surprising Facts About Johnny Cash

With his grainy baritone and colorful texts, Johnny Cash became one of the most prolific crossover artists of the 1960s, bridging the gap between countryside and early rock with its atmosphere, blues fluid, and blues flair. But it’s not just his music that attracts audiences. And Kash himself, a particularly intense “man in black”, spent most of his life-fighting addiction, but found strength in the arms of a country singer and later his wife Joan Carter Kash. To learn more about Kash’s legendary life and career, read below.

1. Johnny Cash’s Birth Name Was J.r. Cash.

On February 26, 1932, Ray and Cash gave birth to the fourth of their seven children in Kingsland, Arkansas. Carrie wants “John” or her maiden name “Rivers,” but Ray wants to name his new son after himself. As a compromise, they agreed on “J.R.,” a name that technically meant nothing when J.R. joined the Air Force, the recruits didn’t recognize his initials as his full name, so they changed it to “John R. Cash.

2. Johnny Cash’s Older Brother Died In A Tragic Accident.

The money was collected in the admiration of his older brother Jack, who is two years older than him.” Johnny once said: “No man in the world is better, wiser, stronger than my brother Jack. But the tragedy occurred in May 1944, when Jack worked in the school lumber. Someone took the protective plate off the saw’s table and replaced it with a larger blade, but when he tried to cut a piece of wood, the saw hit him in the stomach and a few days later he died of his injuries. Johnny, then 12, decided to help dig up Jack’s grave.

3. Johnny Cash’s Vocal Coach Advised Him To Stop Taking Lessons.

The money was growing under the influence of evangelical songs and even participated in a school talent show. His mother, who played guitar and piano, encouraged his son’s musical preferences and even earned money to learn to sing. But his teacher immediately pushed him to give up. “Never take singing lessons again,” she said. Don’t let me or anyone else change the way you sing,” she said.

4. Johnny Cash Intercepted Soviet Radio Transmissions During The Korean War.

In 1950, at the age of 19, Kash joined the Air Force and spent three years in Ransburg Amlach, Germany, intercepting radio signals from Soviet warplanes and decoding Morse code. Meanwhile, Kash bought his first guitar for $5 and formed his first band, Langeberg Savages. While in Landsburg, Cash also watched the documentary “Inside the Folsom Prison”, which gave him inspiration for the song “Folsom Prison Blues”.

5. Johnny Cash Had Four Daughters With His First Wife, Vivian Liberto.

Cash began to communicate with Vivian Liebert during training at Brooks Air Base in San Antonio, Texas, and they continued to correspond during Cash’s expedition to Germany. They married on August 7, 1954, and settled in Memphis, where they had four daughters. This is Rosanna, Katie, Cindy, and Tara. But when Kash’s musical career soared to heaven, his long absence, alleged deception and destructive behavior such as drug and alcohol abuse led to the deterioration of the marriage, and in 1966 Vivian asked for a divorce. Approximately two years later, the divorce was completed.

6. Johnny Cash Met June Carter At The Grand Ole Opry In 1956.

Cash′s debut in “Grand Ole Opry” in 1956 was a defining moment in his career, but more importantly, he had a profound impact on his entire life. That night, country singer Carl Smith introduced June Carter Cash to his then-wife and fellow singer. Cash soon got excited and Carter returned the favor, later writing that she was fascinated by his “onyx-black eyes” and touched by the “tender presence” on the stage he commanded. Carter married a retired footballer Edwina “Rip” Knicks in 1956 and a year later divorced Smith, and they had a daughter, Rosie, before they parted in 1966.

“It wasn’t a good time for me, and it wasn’t a good time for him to fall in love with me,” Carter said Rolling Stone in 2000. “Cash feels the same way. We haven’t said “I love you” yet. I was afraid to say it because I knew what was gonna happen because I knew we’d eventually get divorced and go to hell: “We’ve all been through hell.”

In February 1968 Kash proposed to Carter in front of 7,000 people at an exhibition at the Ice House in London, Canada, and a few weeks later they got married in Kentucky, where they stayed until his death in June 2003.

7. Johnny Cash Became An Ordained Minister.

Although he was generally a role model for drug addicts and criminals, Kash was a devout Christian for most of his life. In the 1970s, he and Carter took a Bible study course at International Christian Bible College, and around the same time, Cash became a pastor. He was also a close friend of Reverend Billy Graham’s, who recorded almost 19 hours of New Testament audio to encourage him on his spiritual journey.


8. Johnny Cash Was Once Arrested For Picking Flowers—or So He Said.

Kash may not have been in Reno to watch people die, but his reputation as a criminal was not because he didn’t do it. One late evening in May 1965, after a concert at the University of Mississippi, Cash was arrested for public drunkenness when police saw him hanging out in Starkville. Cash protested against the fact that he was “just picking flowers,” but the police helplessly took him to the local prison, where he continued to protest loudly and painfully.

“The next morning he was released early in the morning.” He said. The next morning he was released early – an experience that gave him inspiration for the song “Starkville City Jail”, and in 2007 the first Johnny Cash Flower Festival was held in Starkville to commemorate that event, and they even pardoned the 2008 festival, where Johnny Cash was arrested in seven different locations, said then festival founder Robbie Ward. But he only wrote one song about one of the places.

9. Johnny Cash Wrote A Novel.

In addition to two autobiographies, Man in Black, published in 1975, and Cache: An Autobiography, published in 1997, the prolific musician also published the 1986 novel Man in White, which describes the life and religious transformation of the Apostle Paul. This novel about the apostolic life and religious conversion of Paul was not well received by critics.

10. Johnny Cash Died Just Months After June Carter Cash.

On 7 May 2003, 73-year-old Joan Carter Cash went into a coma after heart surgery. She died on 15 May, which was particularly shocking for her 35-year-old husband. Cash’s old friend and frequent co-star Chris Christopherson said: “Life was a struggle for June after his death. He said his daughter cried every night.”

Cash worked hard to make his own body worse every day and finished recording his America V: One Hundred Highways album later that summer. Shortly afterward he was hospitalized and died on September 12th, 2003 at the age of 71 from respiratory diseases caused by diabetes.

11. There’s A Tarantula Species Named After Johnny Cash.

In 2016 anthropologist Chris Hamilton noted that Johnny Cash was a particularly appropriate name for a recently discovered tarantula species for two reasons: firstly, the spider was found near Falls prison in California; and secondly, the tarantula was covered with black fur, which Hamilton associated with black clothing often worn by “men in black”. That’s why he called tarantula Alfonso Pelma Johnny Cash,” Hamilton said in an interview with Living Science magazine.

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