Not too much longer, friends! This Tuesday, October 6, at 2pm we induct Johnny Cash to Music City Walk of Fame. So exciting! Until Tuesday arrives go ahead and catch up on the the amazing story of Johnny Cash be reading the brief bio below. Then, make the plans to be at Music City Walk of Fame Park next Tuesday! It’s FREE and open to all.
For more information about the ceremony go to: visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.
Beginning with his mid-1950s recordings for Sun Records, John R. “Johnny” Cash has established an international profile as an ambassador of American roots music. He overcame personal demons to reach superstar status in the late 1960s and continued to hew his own path musically into the twenty-first century. With extensive hit recordings on the country and pop charts—both singles and albums—he extended the scope of country music and helped broaden its audience through his exploration of many themes and types of songs.
Early hit singles included “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” (1959) and “Ring of Fire” (1963). He married June Carter (of the Carter Sisters), with whom he recorded several hit duets, on March 1, 1968. Cash was voted the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year for 1969.
Later in his career, Cash signed to the American label and, working with producer Rick Rubin, he released the widely acclaimed American Recordings (1994), an album consisting of Cash’s voice accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. For American Recordings, Cash received the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. His 1996 American album Unchained featured a similarly eclectic mix of material, but with Cash backed by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and other guest performers. It was awarded a Grammy for Best Country Album of the Year.