Johnny Cash

The Man In Black

Early Life of Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas as the fourth of seven children of Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree. The Cash children were Roy, Margaret Louise, Jack, J. R., Reba, Joanne and Tommy (Tommy also became a successful star). When Cash enlisted in the air force, he couldn’t use the initials J. R. Cash, so he used John R. Cash. When he started singing with Sun Records, he took the stage name of Johnny Cash. When Cash was three, his family settled in Dyess, Arkansas.


Johnny Cash was married only twice in his lifetime. While training for the Air-Force in 1951, he met Vivian Liberto in a roller-skating rink. They dated for three weeks, until cash was deployed to Germany, where they exchanged love letters for the next three years. A month after Cash returned home, the two were married on August 7th, 1954, in St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in San Antonio. The two would divorce in 1966. In 1968. thirteen years after meeting at the Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Cash and June Carter were engaged. The two were married in Franklin, Kentucky, on March 1st, 1968. They would be married for the rest of their lives.

Music Of Johnny Cash

Much of Cash's music echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption, especially in the later stages of his career. Some of his most famous songs include “I Walk The Line”, “Ring of Fire”, “Get Rhythm”, and one of my favorites ,”Folsom Prison Blues.” The song I chose for the project was his cover of Soundgarden’s song “Rusty Cage.” To Johnny Cash, this song was him breaking free of his addictions to alcohol and drugs. Some of the lyrics include,”I’m gonna break my rusty cage and run.” This means that he is removing drugs and alcohol from his life and breaking away from those bad habits.