Johnny Cash – Lives on

Today is September 12th. On this day in 2003, Johnny Cash – our man in black – passed away. Luckily there’s comfort to find in the music he left behind.

Cash released albums in a period over six decades: ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. No wonder he is a legend!

In the early days, the ’50s, Cash would, together with other artist like Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, be a pioneer for rockabilly and rock and roll. With his railroad stompin’ beat he added a new element to country music. He brought something new to music from the day his career began.

He would write and sing songs aboute themes that he cared about and had respect for. Some of the latest creations was the compiliationg Love, Murder and God. With a seperate album called Life. This were made to show wich themes he represented with his music. And Johnny’s interpretation of murder in his songs were first of it’s kind in country music. Like the famous line from Folsom Prison Blues; “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die”.

Cash was a great ambassodor for both country music and rock and roll through his career, and was awarded for it also. His wide-spread music from country, honky tonk, country gospel, bluegrass, gospel, outlaw country and americana to rock and roll, pop, swing and big band, made him an influncer for countless artists.

When his career got an much needed upswing in the ’90s Cash was regarded as a living legend for alternative country, and became an icon.

To illustrate his impact in the world of music I can mention that he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement in 1999, he was ranked as #31 by Rolling Stone Magazine on a list over the greatest artists of all time, he has recieved 9 CMA awards, 16 Grammy Awards, and let’s not forget that he was inducted to three hall of fames!

So Johnny Cash might have passed away, but his music lives on. And today we can all put on an old Cash LP and enjoy the legacy he left behind.

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Johnny Cash – A great artist!

Johnny Cash passed away in 2003, but is still with us through the music he left behind. -And what great music it is!

In the biography here you can read about Cash’s life, career and more. And here’s a line from the section including his passing:

A great artist through almost 50 years is no longer with us in person, but his spirit lives on in all the songs he has written and the countless songs made famous by him.

Let’s enjoy the music, and enjoy the weekend!

Want to play some Johnny Cash on your guitar? You’ll find a lot of chords here.

IMG_6502.JPGTime magazine’s tribute to Johnny Cash when he passed away.

Can Johnny Cash save Dyess, Arkansas?

IMG_6482.JPGDyess, Arkansas might be at the verge of ruin, according to Cash’s daughter Rosanne. Now the town has restored the Cash-family’s old home to attract visitors.

It was in 1935 that the Cash family came to Dyess, Arkansas. This was after the Great Depression, and the family were a part of Roosevelt’s New Deal. Johnny was three years old at the time. Already at the age of ten, JR had to work full-time in the cotton fields.

Now, almost eight decades later, the home has been put into its original standards, and is about to be opened for the public. Cash’s brother Tommy, and sister Joanne have overseen the refurbishment, and feel that the place look close to what it was like all those years ago. Joanne made these remarks in an interview with New York Times:

It took a lot of hard work. It’s been very emotional for me. The most meaningful item was the piano. We used to gather around that piano at night and sing gospel for an hour. That was our entertainment.

Let’s hope that Johnny Cash can save Dyess from ruin! If you have a chance to stop by, I would think this would be an interesting visit!

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