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I recently got into the music of Johnny Cash after spending years shunning all things country. I worked in a CD store and my supervisor was a huge Johnny Cash fan. When the latest American Recordings disc came out he played it day in and day out and I could not help but fall in love with the entire album and Cash's reditions of "Hurt" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "In My Life". I quickly snaped up the other three American Records and worked my way to the Cash Box set. A week has not gone by since where I haven't listened to one of these discs. I even picked up the Highwaymen Collection from 80s and, thus, got into more country like Willie Nelson and Jennings. The Man in Black started it all, though, and a true artist has passed on.
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He was a man who constantly wrestled between temptation from the devil and the angels, and chronicled that conflict in his work.
In the end, the angels won out.
RIP, one of the greats....
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Willie's next? Say it ain't so.


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Im speechless. There is nothing I could say to describe what the music & the man meant to me.
Johnny Cash
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mysterX, you forgot Waylon.

RIP, Johnny.
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The Man in Black has passed on Such a shame.
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Sad news. I was just watching an episode of Columbo with Johnny Cash 2 days ago.
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Music Legend Johnny Cash Dies at 71


This is a 1995 file photo of singer Johnny Cash. Cash, a towering figure in American music spanning country, rock and folk and known worldwide as ``The Man in Black,'' has died, according to hospital officials in Nashville, Tenn. He was 71. (AP Photo/TBS)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Johnny Cash, "The Man in Black" who became a towering figure in American music with such hits as "Folsom Prison Blues,""I Walk the Line" and "A Boy Named Sue," died Friday. He was 71.

Cash died of complications from diabetes that resulted in respiratory failure, his manager, Lou Robin, said in a statement issued by Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Cash died at the hospital at 3 a.m. EDT.

"I hope that friends and fans of Johnny will pray for the Cash family to find comfort during this very difficult time," Robin said.

Cash had been released from the hospital Wednesday after a two-week stay for treatment of an unspecified stomach ailment. The illness caused him to miss last month's MTV Video Music Awards, where he had been nominated in seven categories. He won one award for the video "Hurt," a reflection on mortality that showed his brittle health.

He had battled a disease of the nervous system, autonomic neuropathy, and pneumonia in recent years. His second wife, June Carter Cash, who co-wrote Cash's hit "Ring of Fire," died in May.

"More than any single person I can think of, Johnny Cash broadened interest in country music all around the world. He was just a huge star, and became a cultural icon in America," said Ed Benson, executive director of the Country Music Association. "It's extremely sad. He's certainly someone who is irreplaceable in the music business, and in the hearts and minds of many Americans."

Dozens of hit records like "Folsom Prison Blues,""I Walk the Line," and "Sunday Morning Coming Down" defined Cash's persona: a haunted, dignified, resilient spokesman for the working man and downtrodden.

Cash's deeply lined face fit well with his unsteady voice, which was limited in range but used to great effect to sing about prisoners, heartaches and tales of everyday life. He wrote much of his own material, and was among the first to record the songs of Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson.

"One Piece at a Time" was about an assembly line worker who built a car out of parts stolen from his factory. "A Boy Named Sue," a Shel Silverstein song he took to No. 1 in 1969, was a comical story of a father who gives his son a girl's name to make him tough.

(AP) Country music legend Johnny Cash picks up his guitar to perform in Nashville, Tenn. in June 1992. ...
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Cash said in his 1997 autobiography "Cash" that he tried to speak for "voices that were ignored or even suppressed in the entertainment media, not to mention the political and educational establishments."

His career spanned generations, with each finding something of value in his simple records, many of which used his trademark rockabilly rhythm.

He was a peer of Elvis Presley when rock 'n' roll was born in Memphis in the 1950s, and he scored hits like "Cry! Cry! Cry!" during that era. He had a longtime friendship and recorded with Dylan, who has cited Cash as a major influence.

"His influence spread over many generations of different people," said Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger. "I loved him as singer and a writer. I remember years ago a big part of our repertoire was two of my favorite Johnny Cash songs, 'I Walk The Line' and 'Ballad Of A Teenage Queen.'"

Elvis Costello, who once recorded with Cash, called him "a great, great man. ... He made me feel very welcome in his home and I will never forget that."

(AP) Country and Western star Johnny Cash, center, is flanked by a bondsman and a US Marshall as he was...
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Country singer Barbara Mandrell recalled his star quality.

"Truly I can only think of two people in my life, where you knew it when they were in the building just by their presence. The air would just get exciting and stimulating and electric even if you couldn't see them. Those two people were Johnny Cash and Billy Graham," she said

Cash won 11 Grammy Awards - most recently in 2003, when "Give My Love To Rose" earned him honors as best male country vocal performance - and numerous Country Music Association awards. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

June Carter Cash, who partnered with him in hits such as "Jackson," and daughter Rosanne Cash also were successful singers.

"It's a sad day in Tennessee, but a great day in Heaven," said Merle Kilgore, best man at their wedding. "The 'Man in Black' is now wearing white as he joins his wife June in the angel band."

(AP) Country music legend Johnny Cash performs with his wife June Carter Cash at the first Americana...
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Truck driver Bobby Williams of Spokane, Wash., en route from Tennessee to Tampa, Fla., stopped and bowed his head for a moment when he heard Cash had died.

"He was the greatest man ever picked a guitar. He spoke to the American man. He did songs people could understand and relate to," said Williams, who then sang a few lyrics of his favorite Cash recording, "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky."

The late 1960s and '70s were Cash's peak commercial years, and he was host of his own ABC variety show from 1969-71. In later years, he was part of the Highwayman supergroup with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kristofferson.

In the 1990s, Cash found a new artistic life recording with rap and hard rock producer Rick Rubin on the label American Recordings. And he was back on the charts in with the 2002 album "American IV: the Man Comes Around."

Most recently, Cash was recognized for his cover of the Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt." He had hoped to attend the MTV Video Music Awards, where the video won for best cinematography, but he was hospitalized.

(AP) Country music legend Johnny Cash performs in November 1985 in Nashville, Tenn. Cash, known as "The...
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He also wrote books including two autobiographies, and acted in films and television shows.

In his 1971 hit "Man in Black," Cash said his black clothing symbolized the downtrodden people in the world. Cash had been "The Man in Black" since he joined the Grand Ole Opry at age 25.

"Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkle clothes and cowboy boots," he said in 1986. "I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I've worn black clothes ever since."

John R. Cash was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Ark., one of seven children. When he was 12, his 14-year-old brother and hero, Jack, died after an accident while sawing oak trees into fence posts. The tragedy had a lasting impact on Cash, and he later pointed to it as a possible reason his music was frequently melancholy.

He worked as a custodian and enlisted in the Air Force, learning guitar while stationed in Germany, before launching his music career after his 1954 discharge.

(AP) Country music legend Johnny Cash, right, performs in October 1985 with Willie Nelson, left, Kris...
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"All through the Air Force, I was so lonely for those three years," Cash told The Associated Press during a 1996 interview. "If I couldn't have sung all those old country songs, I don't think I could have made it."

Cash launched his career in Memphis, performing on radio station KWEM. He auditioned with Sun Records, ultimately recording the single "Hey Porter," which became a hit.

Sun Records also launched the careers of Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and others.

"Folsom Prison Blues" went to No. 4 on the country charts in 1956 and featured Cash's most famous couplet: "I shot a man in Reno/ just to watch him die."

Cash recorded theme albums celebrating the railroads and the Old West, and decrying the mistreatment of American Indians. Two of his most popular albums were recorded live at prisons. Along the way he notched 14 No. 1 country music hits.

Because of Cash's frequent performances in prisons and his rowdy lifestyle early in his career, many people wrongly thought he had served prison time. He never did, though he battled addictions to pills on and off throughout his life.

He blamed fame for his vulnerability to drug addiction.

"When I was a kid, I always knew I'd sing on the radio someday. I never thought about fame until it started happening to me," he said in 1988. "Then it was hard to handle. That's why I turned to pills."

He credited June Carter Cash, whom he married in 1968, with helping him stay off drugs, though he had several relapses over the years and was treated at the Betty Ford Center in California in 1984. Together, June Carter and Cash had one child, John Carter Cash. He is a musician and producer.

Singer Rosanne Cash is Johnny Cash's daughter from his first marriage, to Vivian Liberto. Their other three children were Kathleen, Cindy and Tara. They divorced in 1966.

In March 1998, Cash made headlines when his California-based record company, American Recordings, took out an advertisement in the music trade magazine Billboard. The full-page ad celebrated Cash's 1998 Grammy award for best country album for "Unchained." The ad showed an enraged-looking Cash in his younger years making an obscene gesture to sarcastically illustrate his thanks to country radio stations and "the country music establishment in Nashville," which he felt had unfairly cast him aside.

Jennings, a close friend, once said of Cash: "He's been like a brother to me. He's one of the greatest people in the world."

Cash once credited his mother, Carrie Rivers Cash, with encouraging him to pursue a singing career.

"My mother told me to keep on singing, and that kept me working through the cotton fields. She said God has his hand on you. You'll be singing for the world someday."

Cash lived in Hendersonville, Tenn., just outside of Nashville. He also had a home in Jamaica.

Country Music Legend Johnny Cash Dies at 71

By Pat Harris

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Johnny Cash, music's "Man in Black," died on Friday, silencing a deep and brooding voice that for nearly 50 years sang plaintive tales of coal miners and sharecroppers, convicts and cowboys. He was 71.

"Johnny died due to complications from diabetes, which resulted in respiratory failure," manager Lou Robin said in a statement.

His death, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, cast a late summer pall over Tennessee's Music City where he was easily the industry's most iconic performer.

"It's a sad day in Tennessee but a great day in heaven," said Merle Kilgore, Cash's best man at his 1968 wedding to the late June Carter Cash and co-author of the hit "Ring of Fire."

"The Man in Black is now wearing white as he joins his wife June in the angel band," he said.

It was just four months ago that Carter Cash, a member of one of the country's most famous musical families, succumbed to complications from heart surgery at the age of 73.

Their son, also named Johnny Cash, told Reuters in August that his father, "the strongest man I've ever met," was "absolutely devastated" by her passing, though he was bearing up and had resumed studio work.

Cash had been in and out of the hospital constantly in the last few years.

Renowned for his black clothing typically topped with a long country preacher's coat, Cash was credited with being the inspiration for a generation of Nashville talent. He was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Over a career spanning five decades, Cash compiled 10 Grammy Awards, including this year's Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Give My Love to Rose." He won his first Grammy in 1967 and reaped honors even in the twilight of his career.

His video for "Hurt" won Best Cinematography in a Video at last month's MTV Video Music Awards. Cash was unable to attend because he was in the hospital with a stomach ailment.

He was also among the nominees for honors at the upcoming Country Music Association show in Nashville.

His work had wide crossover appeal, ranging from the social commentary of "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" and "Man in Black" to the country novelties of "One Piece at a Time" and "A Boy Named Sue" on through gospel, honky-tonk and folk.

Among his cornerstones were songs such as "Busted," "Ring of Fire," "Orange Blossom Special," "Jackson," "Daddy Sang Bass" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down."

Cash, a reformed drug and alcohol carouser, said he loved the stark and spare sound of the early recordings he made at Sun Records, the seminal Memphis studio, without overdubs or afterthought.

"That music has got a simple beat people can relate to, and a haunting quality that tries to go right to the gut and to the heart, and sometimes it does," he once said.

"I don't know where it comes from. I just like that mysterious sound. A song has to be something I can feel. And 'feel' covers a lot of space with me, meaning spirituality, gut feeling and heart feeling."

In recent years, Cash suffered from Shy-Drager, an illness similar to Parkinson's disease that attacks the nervous system and affects muscle control.

Ed Benson, head of the Country Music Association, said Cash would be sorely missed. "He was not only a giant in the music business but a cultural icon ... something very few people can say," he said.

The Cash family will announce funeral arrangements, the statement from his manager said.

Very sad news. Just recently everyone was looking forward to him performing on the Video Music Awards. R.I.P.
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RIP Johnny.

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As Bono said, "Every man knows he's a sissy compared to Johnny Cash."

I'm a huge fan and recently visited Sun Studio where JC got his start. I feel lucky to have seen the place where he put a dollar bill on his guitar because he couldn't have any percussion on "I Walk the Line".

Check out his two books if you want to learn more.

This was truly a person who LIVED his life. We should all be so lucky.

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Few albums have affected me so deeply, while opening my ears to new kinds of music, as Cash's American Recordings from 1994. I will miss this supremely talented man. It was good to see him get so much appreciation so late in his career. He was a true original.
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RIP Mr. Cash, you will be missed.
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Missed indeed. Johnny Cash will always be the Man In Black. I got into his music a few years ago and could not figure out why I loved his music so much. It wasn't until recently that I found out that my Father likes his music and played it quite a bit when I was younger. Of course I would have enjoyed it regardless but it just shows a TRUE artist can stand the test of time for any generation. Will artists of today have that? I don't think so.

A sad day indeed. RIP Mr. Cash.
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Not a complete surprise, but very sad none the less....
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Now I taught the weeping willow how to cry,
And I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky.
And the tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you Big River.
Then I'm gonna sit right here until I die.

Johnny Cash .... Big River / 1957

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Right after doing NIN's "Hurt" too. Sad day indeed.

RIP Johnny, you WILL be missed.
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Originally posted by effigy
Right after doing NIN's "Hurt" too. Sad day indeed.
I wonder how Trent feels

First, to actually have a song he wrote sung by Johnny.

And second, to have it be one of his last recorded and responsible for such a great video and last minute attention for Johnny..

On second thought, screw the second thing...i'd be floored just to know Johnny did one of my songs..
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I watched "Hurt" last night.

It was so painful and poignant to see, him and June, that song... I couldn't help but cry.

I can't believe that there won't be another Johnny Cash song...

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