Johnny Cash, born on 26th February 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S. was one of those singers and songwriters whose work undoubtedly broadened the scope of American country and western music. He has therefore established himself as a legend in the music world & with his deep expressive voice that commanded attention , he has sang stories about prisons, about injustice , about love , loneliness and hurt , faith and truth … making them his own, sounding as if he had lived them himself. He was always best when he tried to tell his own story though , or something he cared about and his life was nothing but turbulent. A constant fight between light and darkness.
The recipient of numerous awards, he won 13 Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement award in 1999, and 9 Country Music Association Awards. Cash was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1996 he received a Kennedy Center Honor.
There is no denying that when a voice can tell a story with as much resonance and depth as Cash’s could, honestly, not much else is needed. So powerful and compelling that keeps haunting you. Johnny Cash was a poet for the working men , the underprivileged and the marginalized. He allowed his many weaknesses to be transformed into strength and though deeply wounded and affected by his addictions , he finally found the way to stand on his feet again and achieve musical accomplishments that are staggering. He sold 50 million albums, recorded more than 1,500 songs, boasted fourteen number-one hits, won several awards, and when it comes to musical impact , his is equal to those of The Beatles or Elvis Presley.
Cash’s work from his very early recordings and the country songs of Fifties like “Folsom Prison Blues ” to late efforts like his amazing , gut-wrenching cover of Nine Inch Nails “Hurt” influenced generations of musicians . His songs were full of pathos , pain , regret , hope , lust and fury. They always cut to the heart of the subject matter. Battling drug addiction , looking for shelter in faith and doing things his own way , The Man in Black became an icon , a man who earns almost universal respect among music fans , no matter what kind of music they prefer listening to.
As a rather enigmatic personality , he had never been a man of conventions , paving the way for other artists to do the same. He always stood up for the underdog ( the poor , Native Americans , prisoners , the sinners ) , beating just about every odd that was stacked against him. While his body suffered under the strain of long time abuse, Cash’s mind stayed strong … his spirit stayed stronger , as well as his passion for music.
Johnny Cash – The Last Great American ( BBC Documentary )
I walk the line : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHF9itPLUo4
Heart of Gold : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwMqZY4W4F0
Solitary Man : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ir5Ud_shp8
A dozen recently discovered recordings made by Cash three decades ago will be released shortly as an album. The record label announced that “Out Among the Stars” will be released on March 25th. The 12 songs, which include two written by Cash, that were recorded for Columbia Records in Nashville.
She used to love me a lot – from the upcoming album “ Out among the stars ” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBlRx7DlL_E
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