Music Legend Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash Musician

Cash sang about what he knew—like life growing up working in the fields on his family farm in Arkansas. He was influenced by the music he was surrounded by; folk songs sung by his mother, hymns sung in church and work songs he heard in the fields and in the railroad yards. Cash’s music has been called “minimalist” and was performed with only the accompaniment of a couple of guitars, and later, only his own. Singing with a commanding baritone, that was really all he needed.

This February 26th marks the 84th anniversary of Cash’s birthdate. He will be remembered as someone who had a huge influence on American music as well as being among the best-selling musicians of all time. And there is yet a new release coming from this legend. An album of recently uncovered Johnny Cash songs recorded in the 1980s is being released this March.

Throughout the years, Cash received many accolades and awards from the music world for his diverse yet powerful music. He became the youngest musician to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at just 48 years old in 1980. In 1992, he became one of just a few country musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011 he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and based on his passion for becoming a gospel singer, it would probably have been the most important honor for him personally. Cash passed away in 2003, but his son, John Carter Cash, was present at the induction ceremony and was quoted as saying, “Dad was greatly honored to become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and he was greatly honored to become a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but I’d probably say number one for him would be the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, so GMA, thank you very much!”

Please join us in remembering a music legend with a heart for gospel music this February 26th.

Last updated: Feb 17, 2016
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