About Johnny Cash

One of the most unique of American voices, Johnny Cash transformed music in the 20th century and becoming one of the most influential American musicians of his century. Working from a country core, Cash incorporated rock n' roll, rockabilly, blues, and gospel elements into his music, creating a one-of-a-kind sound. He was almost as famous for his bad boy behaviour as he was for his music. Arrested several times and a well-known drinker and narcotics user, Cash used these experiences to inform his music, giving it a depth and richness that was missing from the music of many of his contemporaries. He married June Carter of the Carter Family after courting her for several years, and their love story was made into a Hollywood film, Walk the Line, in 2005 starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, which is available on DVD. The couple collaborated on several singles, including the humorous "Jackson." Many of Cash's albums were best sellers, including the popular live albums, At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin, both of which went triple platinum in the United States. Cash continued recording albums right up until his passing in 2003. In fact, he experienced a renewal and upsurge in his career shortly before his death with his Rick Rubin-produced albums of the 2000s. The majority of his albums are still in publication and available on CD. A quintessential piece of Americana and a unique voice on the international music scene, Johnny Cash was a legend whose work lives on through fans new and old alike.