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RIP Johnny Cash

Discussion in 'Rest In Peace' started by rubbish heap, Sep 13, 2003.

  1. rubbish heap

    rubbish heap Senior Member

    Joined: Mar 18, 2003 Messages: 1,563 Likes Received: 2
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Johnny Cash, a towering musical figure whose rough, unsteady voice championed the downtrodden and reached across generations with songs like "Ring of Fire," "I Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues," died Friday. He was 71.

    Cash, known as "The Man in Black," died at 2 a.m. in Baptist Hospital of complications from diabetes that resulted in respiratory failure, said his manager, Lou Robin. The funeral service will be private, but a public memorial is being planned and the date will be announced later.

    In his songs, Cash crafted a persona as a dignified, resilient voice for the common man _ but there was always a dark edge.

    One of the most haunting couplets in popular music comes from "Folsom Prison Blues," which went to No. 4 on the country charts in 1956: "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die."

    Forty-seven years later, Cash's arresting video for "Hurt" was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards, winning one.

    His deeply lined face fit well with his voice, which was limited in range but used to great effect to sing about prisoners, heartaches and tales of everyday life.

    As news of his death spread, other musicians praised Cash for his independent, rebellious streak that made him a powerful influence in country, rock, folk and gospel music.

    "His influence spread over many generations," said Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. "I loved him as singer and a writer. I remember years ago a big part of our repertoire was two of my favorite Johnny Cash songs, 'I Walk The Line' and 'Ballad Of A Teenage Queen.'"

    Marty Stuart, who was once in Cash's band and married to his daughter Cindy, said Cash "answered to no one but himself, what he heard in his own heart and own mind and own soul. He was never dictated to by a trend or convention or by corporate powers that be. He did it his way."

    Cash had been released from the hospital Tuesday after a two-week stay for treatment of an unspecified stomach ailment. The illness caused him to miss last month's MTV awards, where his "Hurt" _ a cover of Trent Reznor's hard rock song with Nine Inch Nails _ won for cinematography.

    "To hear that Johnny was interested in doing my song was a defining moment in my life's work," Reznor said Friday. "To hear the result really reminded me how beautiful, touching and powerful music can be. The world has truly lost one of the greats."

    He had battled a disease of the nervous system, autonomic neuropathy, and pneumonia in recent years. His second wife, singer June Carter Cash, who co-wrote Cash's hit "Ring of Fire," died in May.

    Singer Dolly Parton said, "Johnny Cash has only passed into the greater light. He will never, ever die. He will only become more important in this industry as time goes by."

    Singer Kenny Chesney said Cash was one of the first artists whose music was universal.

    "Whether anybody knows it or not, they were directly or indirectly influenced by Johnny Cash," he said. "Rock 'n' roll, country, gospel, Johnny's music crossed any boundary that was put up in front of him."

    Cash wrote much of his own material and was among the first to record the songs of Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson.

    "One Piece at a Time" was about an assembly line worker who built a car out of parts stolen from his factory. "A Boy Named Sue," a Shel Silverstein song he took to No. 1 in 1969, was a comical story of a father who gives his son a girl's name to make him tough.

    Cash said in his self-titled 1997 autobiography that he tried to speak for "voices that were ignored or even suppressed in the entertainment media, not to mention the political and educational establishments."

    His career spanned generations, with each finding something of value in his simple records, many of which used his trademark rockabilly rhythm.

    Cash was a peer of Elvis Presley when he began recording in Memphis in the 1950s, and he scored hits like "Cry! Cry! Cry!" during that era. He had a longtime friendship and recorded with Dylan, who has cited Cash as a major influence.

    Cash won 11 Grammy Awards _ most recently in 2003, when "Give My Love To Rose" earned him honors as best male country vocal performance _ and numerous Country Music Association awards. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

    June Carter Cash, who partnered with him in hits such as "Jackson," and daughter Rosanne Cash also were successful singers.

    The late 1960s and '70s were Cash's peak commercial years, and he was host of his own ABC variety show from 1969-71. In later years, he was part of the Highwayman supergroup with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kristofferson.

    In the 1990s, Cash found a new artistic life recording with rock-rap producer Rick Rubin on the label American Recordings. He was back on the charts in 2002 with the album "American IV: The Man Comes Around."

    He also wrote books, including two autobiographies, and acted in films and television shows.

    In his 1971 hit "Man in Black," Cash said his black clothing symbolized the world's downtrodden people. Cash had been "The Man in Black" since he joined the Grand Ole Opry at age 25.

    "Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkle clothes and cowboy boots," he said in 1986. "I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I've worn black clothes ever since."

    John R. Cash was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Ark., one of seven children. When he was 12, his 14-year-old brother and hero, Jack, died after an accident while sawing oak trees into fence posts. The tragedy had a lasting impact on Cash, and he later pointed to it as a possible reason his music was frequently melancholy.

    He worked as a custodian and enlisted in the Air Force, learning guitar while stationed in Germany, before launching his music career in Memphis after his 1954 discharge.

    Because of Cash's frequent performances in prisons and his rowdy lifestyle early in his career, many people wrongly thought he had served prison time. He never did, though he battled addiction to pills on and off and received a suspended jail sentence in 1965 on a misdemeanor narcotics charge in Texas.

    He blamed fame for his vulnerability to drug addiction.

    "When I was a kid, I always knew I'd sing on the radio someday. I never thought about fame until it started happening to me," he said in 1988. "Then it was hard to handle. That's why I turned to pills."

    He credited June Carter Cash, whom he married in 1968, with helping him stay off drugs, though he had several relapses over the years and was treated at the Betty Ford Center in California in 1984. Together, June Carter and Cash had one child, John Carter Cash. He is a musician and producer.

    In March 1998, after Cash's 1998 Grammy for best country album for "Unchained," he made headlines when his California-based record company took out an ad in the music trade magazine Billboard. The ad showed a much younger Cash Cash flipping his middle finger, sarcastically illustrating his thanks to country radio stations and "the country music establishment in Nashville," which he felt had unfairly cast him aside.

    Singer Rosanne Cash is Johnny Cash's daughter from his first marriage, to Vivian Liberto. Their other three children were Kathleen, Cindy and Tara. They divorced in 1966.

    Cash lived in Hendersonville, Tenn., just outside of Nashville. He also had a home in Jamaica.

  2. justaname

    justaname Member

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    R.I.P Johnny Cash
  3. GuyLeDouche

    GuyLeDouche Junior Member

    Joined: Jun 30, 2003 Messages: 141 Likes Received: 0
    rest in piece johnny cash...
    sum 1 post dat
    "i shot a man in reno to watch him die"fr8
  4. dumptrucking

    dumptrucking Member

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  5. rubbish heap

    rubbish heap Senior Member

    Joined: Mar 18, 2003 Messages: 1,563 Likes Received: 2
  6. The Boss

    The Boss Guest

    my hero...for real! i was seriously depressed all day yesterday. i still cant get over it. some of my buddies painted this one. nice to see the move and pore one too. thanks dumptruckin!:king: rest in peace...the man in black...:king:
  7. kwAz

    kwAz Junior Member

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  8. dumptrucking

    dumptrucking Member

    Joined: Dec 23, 2002 Messages: 679 Likes Received: 11
    STEL gives Johnny some LUV

    STEL is a huge J, Cash fan and did this tribute in March of this year, To honor Johnny because of his love for the singer.
  9. SPFlatty

    SPFlatty Guest

    He Will be Missed

    ...my own personal jesus...

    i shot a man in reno just to watch him die...a legend...ive been listening to a mix cd of his for the last month and a half over and over, absorbing his greatness...hes our yard music, hes our inspiration...johnny cash is a slum lord...we miss you man...

    much love...the slum lords
  10. brown towel

    brown towel Banned

    Joined: Sep 10, 2003 Messages: 118 Likes Received: 0

    rest in peace Cash.
  11. soneMILWwi

    soneMILWwi Guest

  12. SPFlatty

    SPFlatty Guest

    stolen from brickslayers, stolen from bombingscience....johnny cash tribute by kwest....rip brotha slum!

    - you are missed....
  13. johnny

    johnny Dirty Dozen Crew

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  14. o7iVNs

    o7iVNs Member

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    Source: BRAD KAVA , Mercury News
    While most of his country music peers dressed in rhinestones and wrote shiny Nashville tunes, Johnny Cash was an outlaw who dressed in black, sang hardscrabble songs in a baritone that reeked of a perpetual hangover, and whose most famous photograph had him glaring at the camera with an outstretched middle finger.In a recording career of almost 50 years, Cash became a towering figure in American music, writing and singing about the rough edges of society, and in the process becoming an icon


    Source: From Mercury News Wire Services
    A week after his death, Johnny Cash was honored with artist, song and album of the year awards at the Americana music awards show in Nashville.Friday's show was the second for the Americana Music Association, a group that promotes music rooted in tradition as an alternative to slick, pop-oriented country music.Cash won song of the year for ''Hurt'' and album of the year for ''American IV: The Man Comes
  15. 15030

    15030 New Jack

    Joined: Aug 9, 2002 Messages: 33 Likes Received: 0
    by posh.cbs @ king of the wall in san diego