Weekly Music Introduction: Johnny Cash

Weekly Music Introduction: Johnny Cash

Logan Calder, Writer

Johnny Cash was an American country singer from Kingsland, Arkansas that was born in February 26th, 1932. He was raised by his parents, Ray and Carrie Cash, a lower class family that lived in Arkansas for all of their life. In 1950, Cash enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Germany where he bought his first guitar for five dollars. That same year he formed a band called the Landsberg Barbarians where they played for troops and civilians alike. After he got out of the Air Force, he kept playing music in multiple bands including Landsberg Barbarians, Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, and finally Johnny Cash and June Carter the duet. In 1968, during a live performance with June Carter, Cash proposed live in front of 7,000 people, but the live audience did not faze Carter as she said yes and they were married just weeks later. After having their children John Carter Cash and Carlene Carter, they stopped having kids and spent time with them even during tours, tv show appearances, and they even brought them to every live show they were at. Though Johnny was clean from his drug problem he still had complications from previous use and throughout his years he experienced heart, lung and kidney problems that eventually led to his death only a few months after June Carter’s death after her own complications with a heart valve surgery. Though Johnny left the world long ago, his songs still echo through the halls of musical legends and he has gone down as one of the most popular country singers of all time.