1932 - 2003
He was a poor sharecropper's son from Kingsland, Arkansas, who sang to himself while picking cotton in the fields -- then later sang to millions through recordings, concerts and Television appearances.
Perhaps the most widely recognized voice in country music, this humble tribute can not begin to log the volumes of accomplishments for the "Man In Black", but to help put things into perspective, Johnny recorded more than 1,500 songs. His career spanned more than four decades with success not only with Country music fans, (well over 100 charted tunes on Billboard Country) but pop and rock fans as well. (48 Billboard pop singles).
Awards included CMA male vocalist of the year, Vocal Group of the year (with June Carter), Entertainer of the year, Country Music hall of fame, Rock and Roll hall of Fame, and11 Grammys including a lifetime achievement award and the 1998 Grammy for country album of the year ("Unchained").
"Johnny Cash was not only a giant in our business, but he was one of those guys who had grown to become a cultural icon in America," Ed Benson, executive director of the Country Music Association. "People associated him with values that I think they held near and dear to their hearts."
In a business where everyone was wearing rhinestones, sparkled clothes and cowboy boots, He was called the "Man in Black, who would open his concerts with the friendly, modest greeting, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."
Johnny Cash -- legend, model, icon
-- passed away of complications from diabetes. He was 71.
© 2003 Eddie Bear Productions