History Music / JohnnyCash

5th Jun '17 4:14:11 PM MarkLungo
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A subsequent prison concert album, ''Music/AtSanQuentin'' would feature a comedy song called "A Boy Named Sue" which would become Cash's biggest hit. From 1969-1971 he hosted his own [[TheJohnnyCashShow self-named variety TV series]] and continued to record prolifically through the 1970s though the hits came less frequently. In 1986, he was dropped by his longstanding label Creator/ColumbiaRecords and began an unsuccessful stint at Mercury Records. During this period his major success came as a member of the country supergroup Music/TheHighwaymen.

In 1988 Cash met Music/FrankZappa backstage and were set to perform together on stage, but when Cash's wife's got sick he couldn't be present, so Zappa covered "Ring Of Fire" alone with his band. Their live rendition can be heard on Zappa's ''Music/TheBestBandYouNeverHeardInYourLife'' (1991).

Starting in TheNineties, Cash underwent a CareerResurrection, beginning with a well-received collaboration with Music/{{U2}} on their song "The Wanderer". Then, under the guidance of RecordProducer Music/RickRubin and his label American, Cash recorded a series of albums nicknamed "the American series", starting with 1994's ''American Recordings''. Marked by minimalist production (''Recordings'' was recorded solely with a guitar and vocals) and covers of various bands, such as Music/TomWaits' "Down There by the Train", Music/{{Soundgarden}}'s "Rusty Cage", Music/{{U2}}'s "One", Music/NickCave's "The Mercy Seat", Music/NineInchNails' "Hurt" and even Music/DepecheMode's "Personal Jesus", these albums earned him critical acclaim and a new, younger audience of AlternativeRock fans. The MusicVideo for "Hurt" was widely acclaimed.

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A subsequent prison concert album, ''Music/AtSanQuentin'' would feature a comedy song called "A Boy Named Sue" which would become Cash's biggest hit. From 1969-1971 he hosted his own [[TheJohnnyCashShow self-named variety TV series]] and continued to record prolifically through the 1970s though the hits came less frequently. In 1986, he was dropped by his longstanding label Creator/ColumbiaRecords and began an unsuccessful stint at Mercury Records.Creator/MercuryRecords. During this period his major success came as a member of the country supergroup Music/TheHighwaymen.

In 1988 Cash met Music/FrankZappa backstage and were set to perform together on stage, but when Cash's wife's got sick [[MissedMomentOfAwesome he couldn't be present, present]], so Zappa covered "Ring Of Fire" alone with his band. Their live rendition can be heard on Zappa's ''Music/TheBestBandYouNeverHeardInYourLife'' (1991).

Starting in TheNineties, Cash underwent a CareerResurrection, beginning with a well-received collaboration with Music/{{U2}} on their song "The Wanderer". Then, under the guidance of RecordProducer Music/RickRubin and his label American, American Recordings, Cash recorded a series of albums nicknamed "the American series", starting with 1994's ''American Recordings''. Marked by minimalist production (''Recordings'' was recorded solely with a guitar and vocals) and covers of various bands, such as Music/TomWaits' "Down There by the Train", Music/{{Soundgarden}}'s "Rusty Cage", Music/{{U2}}'s "One", Music/NickCave's "The Mercy Seat", Music/NineInchNails' "Hurt" and even Music/DepecheMode's "Personal Jesus", these albums earned him critical acclaim and a new, younger audience of AlternativeRock fans. The MusicVideo for "Hurt" was widely acclaimed.
23rd Apr '17 9:11:42 AM ReturnedYetAgain
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* RealityIsUnrealistic: In reviewing "Walk the Line," Creator/RogerEbert was surprised to learn that Cash really had proposed to June Carter onstge during a concert. "It feels like the sort of scene screenwriters invent, but no."
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** An on-the-spot version occurred in 1956 with the now-famous "Million-Dollar Quartet," an impromptu jam session at the Sun Record studios by Cash, Perkins, Lewis, and a visiting Music/ElvisPresley.

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** An on-the-spot version occurred in 1956 with the now-famous "Million-Dollar Quartet," an impromptu jam session at the Sun Record Records studios by Cash, Perkins, Lewis, and a visiting Music/ElvisPresley.
23rd Apr '17 9:00:56 AM ReturnedYetAgain
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** An on-the-spot version occurred in 1956 with the now-famous "Million-Dollar Quartet," an impromptu jam session at the Sun Record studios by Cash, Perkins, Lewis, and a visiting Music/ElvisPresley.
23rd Apr '17 8:51:28 AM ReturnedYetAgain
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** "Joe Bean" is one extended punchline built around this. The subject of the song is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to hang. Never mind that he killed 20 men before he was 10 and his alibi on the day of the killing was that he was robbing a bank.

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** "Joe Bean" is one extended punchline built around this. The subject of the song is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to hang. Never mind that he killed 20 men before he was 10 and his alibi on the day of the killing was that he was robbing a bank.train.
3rd Apr '17 10:48:23 PM skidoo23
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Managed surprisingly often during the run of ''The Johnny Cash Show'' (1969-1971), whether it was bringing on guests other shows and networks wouldn't allow, like Bob Dylan and Bob Seger, inserting dirty jokes into songs like "Don't Play Red River Valley", jor performing near-taboo songs like "A Junkie's Prayer", "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow" and "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" (the last two songs being heavily critical of the government; ask the Creator/SmothersBrothers how well that went for them on their TV show a couple years earlier). Possible backfire as the show was cancelled after two seasons in part due to a drop off in ratings, though this could just as easily be attributed to the lowering popularity of musical variety series or Cash's proclivity for doing episodes devoted to religious music.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Managed surprisingly often during the run of ''The Johnny Cash Show'' (1969-1971), whether it was bringing on guests other shows and networks wouldn't allow, like Bob Dylan and Bob Seger, inserting dirty jokes into songs like "Don't Play Red River Valley", jor performing near-taboo songs like "A Junkie's Prayer", "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow" and "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" (the last two songs being heavily critical of the government; ask the Creator/SmothersBrothers how well that went for them on their TV show a couple years earlier). There are also videos of him performing "A Boy Named Sue" and "Cocaine Blues" on the show in which the word "bitch" is uncensored. Possible backfire as the show was cancelled after two seasons in part due to a drop off in ratings, though this could just as easily be attributed to the lowering popularity of musical variety series or Cash's proclivity for doing episodes devoted to religious music.music.
** Also, "Sunday Morning Coming Down", which he performed on TV with its lyric "I'm wishing Lord that I was stoned" despite being pressured to change the lyric.



** "Like the 309", the second-last song Cash ever recorded includes a last request.



* LongerThanLifeSentence: In ''Cocaine Blues'' Willy Lee end sentenced, for murdering his girlfriend, to:

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* LongerThanLifeSentence: In ''Cocaine Blues'' Willy Lee end is sentenced, for murdering his girlfriend, to:



** Start listening to the album ''Once Piece at a Time'', which is headlined by a hilarious song about an autoworker who makes his own car. Expect the rest of the album to be more of the same? Not after moving on to the ''utterly bleak'' "Committed to Parkview."



* NewSoundAlbum: ''American Recordings'' stripped away the signature "boom-chicka-boom" sound developed by the Tenessee Two in favor of very sparse acoustic recordings, moving him away from traditional country and more towards folk music.

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''American Recordings'' stripped away the signature "boom-chicka-boom" sound developed by the Tenessee Tennessee Two in favor of very sparse acoustic recordings, moving him away from traditional country and more towards folk music.



** "Bad News" from 1964 has Cash sounding drunk as well. Considering the substance abuse problems he was facing at the time, it's possible this was not an affectation.



* [[StageNames Stage Name]]: Cash's birth name was J.R. Cash, with the J.R. officially not standing for any specific name. In 1950 he was forced to adopt John as a first name when he enlisted in the Air Force. He continued to use this professionally after, modifying it to Johnny when he became a performer.

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* [[StageNames Stage Name]]: Cash's birth name was J.R. Cash, with the J.R. officially not standing for any specific name. In 1950 he was forced to adopt John as a first name when he enlisted in the Air Force. He continued to use this professionally after, modifying it to Johnny when he became a performer. Some references and websites attribute a name to the "R" but in reality Cash never did.



** "The Wall" is about a man who tries to escape from prison. When he fails and is shot down, his friend calls it a suicide.
*** "The Walls of a Prison", a different song recorded a few years after "The Wall", depicts an identical event.



* TakeThat: The 1984 single "[[FreakyFridayFlip Chicken in Black]]," is often claimed as being a big TakeThat to his label, wherein Cash's brain is placed into a chicken who starts becoming famous, while he himself gets the brain of a killed bank robber and begins sticking up banks. The claim is that Cash recorded the song to force Columbia to drop him after years of indifference. The 2013 biography ''Johnny Cash: The Life'' and others have debunked this as an urban legend: Columbia offered the song to Cash, who loved it, and audiences loved it, and he even featured a music video for the song during one of his Christmas TV specials. And he continued to record for Columbia for two more years.

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* TakeThat: The 1984 single "[[FreakyFridayFlip Chicken in Black]]," is often claimed as being a big TakeThat to his label, wherein Cash's brain is placed into a chicken who starts becoming famous, while he himself gets the brain of a killed bank robber and begins sticking up banks. The claim is that Cash recorded the song to force Columbia to drop him after years of indifference. The 2013 biography ''Johnny Cash: The Life'' and others have debunked this as an urban legend: Columbia offered the song to Cash, who loved it, and audiences loved it, and he even featured a music video for the song during one of his Christmas TV specials.specials - clearly, the intent was to replicate the success of his previous comedy songs "One Piece at a Time" and "A Boy Named Sue". And he continued to record for Columbia for two more years.



* TogetherInDeath: Cash died four months after his wife. Though his official cause of death was "diabetes mellitus", it was suggested that his health had worsened due to grief over June's death. (Adding to the family's grief, one of his stepdaughters, Rosie Nix, would also die a month after her stepfather, five months after losing her mother.

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* TogetherInDeath: Cash died four months after his wife. Though his official cause of death was "diabetes mellitus", it was suggested that his health had worsened due to grief over June's death. (Adding to the family's grief, one of his stepdaughters, Rosie Nix, would also die a month after her stepfather, five months after losing her mother.)
13th Mar '17 12:54:30 PM Xtifr
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* JohnnyMcCoolname: Even has the first name. Must've led to a lot of puns [[MeaningfulName after he became rich and successful.]]
13th Mar '17 9:34:16 AM Saveelich
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John R. "Johnny" Cash (born J. R. Cash;[[note]]Many sources erroneously attribute the middle name "Robert", however officially the "R" did not stand for any name. Cash's official birth name was in fact J.R., but he was made to adopt John in 1950 when he joined the Air Force.[[/note]] February 26, 1932 September 12, 2003), was a country artist, singer-songwriter, and rock musician, easily one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Known for his deep baritone and distinctive wardrobe, he was nicknamed the Man in Black, and started almost all his concerts by saying "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash". He's also well-known for his relationship with fellow musician June Carter, whom he eventually married. His life was eventually adapted into the biopic ''Film/WalkTheLine'' starring Creator/JoaquinPhoenix and Creator/ReeseWitherspoon.

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John R. "Johnny" Cash (born J. R. Cash;[[note]]Many sources erroneously attribute the middle name "Robert", however officially the "R" did not stand for any name. Cash's official birth name was in fact J.R., but he was made to adopt John in 1950 when he joined the Air Force.[[/note]] February 26, 1932 September 12, 2003), was a country artist, singer-songwriter, and rock musician, easily one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Known for his deep baritone and distinctive wardrobe, he was nicknamed the Man in Black, and started almost all his concerts by saying "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash". He's also well-known for his relationship with fellow musician June Carter, whom he eventually married. His life was eventually adapted into the biopic ''Film/WalkTheLine'' starring Creator/JoaquinPhoenix and Creator/ReeseWitherspoon.\n


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His life was eventually adapted into the biopic ''Film/WalkTheLine'' starring Creator/JoaquinPhoenix and Creator/ReeseWitherspoon.
19th Feb '17 3:47:48 AM bt8257
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He died in 2003 at the age of 71 (due to a myriad of health problems that set in during the late 1990s, [[RapidAging he looked much older]]), only a few months after his [[HappilyMarried beloved wife]], June Carter Cash, died and only ''two weeks'' after recording his final songs. By that time, he'd earned a reputation not only as a CoolOldGuy, but as one of the greatest legends in music history. He is one of only eleven artists to be in both the [[RockAndRoll Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame]] and the [[CountryMusic Country Music Hall of Fame]].

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He died in 2003 at the age of 71 (due to a myriad of health problems that set in during the late 1990s, [[RapidAging he looked much older]]), only a few months after his [[HappilyMarried beloved wife]], June Carter Cash, died and only ''two weeks'' after recording his final songs. By that time, he'd earned a reputation not only as a CoolOldGuy, but as one of the greatest legends in music history. He is one of only eleven 11 artists to be in both the [[RockAndRoll Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame]] and the [[CountryMusic Country Music Hall of Fame]].
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