Johnny Cash in his "Hurt" video.
|Birth name||J. R. Cash|
|Born||February 26, 1932|
|Origin||Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S.|
|Died|| September 12, 2003
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Genre(s)||Country, rock and roll, folk, gospel, blues, rockabilly|
|Label(s)||Sun, Columbia, Mercury, American, House of Cash, Legacy Recordings|
Cash was known for his deep, distinctive bass-baritone voice, the "boom-chicka-boom" sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, his rebelliousness coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor, for providing free concerts inside prison walls and for his dark performance clothing. Later in his music career, his songs echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption. His signature songs include "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Get Rhythm" and "Man in Black". He also recorded humorous numbers, including "One Piece at a Time" and "A Boy Named Sue"; a duet with his future wife, June Carter, called "Jackson"; as well as railroad songs including "Hey, Porter" and "Rock Island Line".
Cash declared that he was "the biggest sinner of them all", and viewed himself overall as a complicated and contradictory man. Accordingly, Cash is said to have "contained multitudes", and has been deemed "the philosopher-prince of American country music".