Personalities | Johnny Cash | Fifties | Rock

(Guitar, singer-songwriter, 1932–2003)

Arkansas-born Cash enjoyed a 49-year career involving several periods of huge popularity. After USAF service, he formed a trio with Luther Perkins (guitar) and Marshall Chapman (bass). Auditioning for Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis, Cash played rockabilly. He scored more than 20 US country hits and several US pop hits before signing with Columbia/CBS in late 1958, when he became among the biggest country music attractions, remaining with the label until 1987. Cash became an American treasure during the 1960s, particularly after recording live albums At Folsom Prison (1968) and At San Quentin (1969), which both went triple platinum. In 1968, he married June Carter (of The Carter Family), and they fronted a hugely popular live revue for many years. After 1976, further mainstream success seemed an impossibility, until producer Rick Rubin offered to produce him; 1994’s American Recordings was the first of four Grammy-winning albums on Rubin’s label. Cash’s daughter, Rosanne, keeps the Cash name popular.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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