JOHNNY CASH
(1932-2003)
A Life in pictures

Johnny Cash's story is one of unbridled success, turbulent lows and redemption.
We look back at the life of one of America's most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Ref: Los Angeles Times
Johnny Cash grew up in Arkansas as J.R. Cash. 
He worked on the family farm through the Great Depression, 
joined the Air Force and got married 
before pursuing a professional career in music. 
His hobby of singing and songwriting became a job in 1955, 
when he signed with Sun Records. 
Above, Cash is pictured, center, in his senior high school photo.
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Cash's first two recordings with the independent record label were 
"Hey, Porter" and "Cry! Cry! Cry!", 
both songs that found mild success. 
He climbed to the top 5 tier on country charts with his second solo record, 
which featured "Folsom Prison Blues." 
Next came "I Walk the Line," 
one of his most memorable singles and his first chart topper. 
In 1956, Cash recorded an impromptu jam session with Elvis Presley 
Jerry Lee Lewis, left, and Carl Perkins, center. 
The songs, mostly gospel, were later released in the album 
"Million Dollar Quartet."
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Cash released his first solo album in 1957.
"Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar" 
marked a milestone for Sun Records too, 
the first long-playing album recorded at that studio.
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In 1958, Cash left Sun Records
for a more lucrative deal with Columbia Records. 
Here he is pictured with first wife Vivian and daughters 
Kathy, left, Roseanne and Cindy that same year. 
Cash and Vivian divorced in 1966. 
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In this 1962 colorized photo, Cash chats with his manager, Saul Holiff.
Throughout the early '60s, Cash began to drink heavily and 
grew addicted to the amphetamines he took to stay awake during concerts. 
During this time Cash toured with the Carter family, 
eventually falling in love with June Carter, his second-wife-to-be. 
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Here Cash is pictured in his trademark all-black look, at Folsom Prison in 1968. 
That same year he released a live album recorded within those prison walls. 
Cash, who harbored much compassion for inmates, 
started performing concerts at various prisons in the late 1950s. 
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Cash married June Carter in 1968, after conquering his addiction. 
By Cash's side during his recovery, 
Carter refused to wed the star until he was drug-free. 
This 1975 file photo shows the couple performing a duet. 
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In 1969, Johnny Cash debuted "The Johnny Cash Show" on ABC. 
This picture depicts him performing with Bob Dylan during the premiere.
Cash's friendship with Dylan deepened through the years, 
and the pair worked on a handful of collaborations together. 
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Cash performed with several mainstream artists during 
"The Johnny Cash Show's" three-year run, 
including Louis Armstrong (pictured), 
Neil Young and Ray Charles. 
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By the early 1970s, Cash solidified his onstage uniform of all black. 
Cash wrote "Man in Black" in 1971 to comment on his concert dress: 
"We're doing mighty fine I do suppose /
In our streak of lightning cars and fancy clothes / 
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back /
Up front there ought to be a man in black." 
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Halfway through the '70s Johnny Cash's popularity waned, 
but his 1975 autobiography "Man in Black" 
sold over 1 million copies. 
He released a second, "Cash: The Autobiography," in 1979. 
He also made cameos in several television shows with his wife, 
including "Little House on the Prairie" 
and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." 
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Cash was the youngest musician to be inducted into 
the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980, 
but his career reached its lowest point during this time  
a decade of unnoticed albums marred by double bypass surgery 
and relapse into drug addiction. 
Cash was also dropped from Columbia Records. 
His career was revitalized in 1990 when he crossed genres and 
found an audience outside of country, teaming up with 
bands like U2 and punk quintet One Bad Pig. 
This 1990 file photo shows Cash onstage in Chicago. 
Two years later, he was inducted into 
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 
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Cash was eventually diagnosed with dysautonomia, 
a disease of the autonomic nervous system. 
His last albums, "American III: Solitary Man" (2000) and 
"American IV: The Man Comes Around" (2002) 
reflect on the effects of his illness. 
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Cash was prolific, recording and releasing 
dozens of songs in the last months before his death. 
Shown above, from left, are Johnny Cash, 
John Carter Cash, Smokey Hormel and Rick Rubin
during the recording of "American IV" 
at Rick Rubin's L.A. studio. 
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Johnny Cash died on Sept. 12, 2003,
from complications of his diabetes. 
He was 71.
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