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The Tragic Death Of Johnny Cash's Brother

Johnny Cash — the Man in Black, a founding member of the outlaw country music genre, minister, movie star, songwriter, the list goes on — started out poor, born in Arkansas as the fourth of seven children (four boys, three girls). As Biography tells us, he didn't start out as Johnny; his given name was just the initials J.R., a not uncommon practice in that part of the country. That's how his high school diploma is made out. Johnny would come when he enlisted in the Air Force; the recruiter

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    The Tragic Death Of Johnny Cash's Brother

    The Tragic Death Of Johnny Cash's Brother

    Johnny Cash — the Man in Black, a founding member of the outlaw country music genre, minister, movie star, songwriter, the list goes on — started out poor, born in Arkansas as the fourth of seven children (four boys, three girls). As Biography tells us, he didn't start out as Johnny; his given name was just the initials J.R., a not uncommon practice in that part of the country. That's how his high school diploma is made out. Johnny would come when he enlisted in the Air Force; the recruiter wouldn't accept initials as a first name, so J.R. became John and, eventually, Johnny. The Cash part was what Sam Phillips, head of Sun Records, thought was a handy fiction. But no.

    Whatever Happened To Johnny Cash's Younger Brother, Tommy Cash?

    Whatever Happened To Johnny Cash's Younger Brother, Tommy Cash?

    Music just ran in the family. That, and hard work, and it was the music that helped get them through the hard times of the Great Depression. Johnny Cash, fourth of seven children, was born to a family that struggled to farm 20 Arkansas acres of cotton and other seasonal crops. The children pitched in with the parents to raise money from the soil. While they worked, they sang — gospel music, tunes heard on the radio.

    The Tragic, Real-Life Story Of Johnny Cash

    The Tragic, Real-Life Story Of Johnny Cash

    Kris Kristofferson once wrote a song about Johnny Cash that contained the line, "He's a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction." That's a pretty insightful way of saying that Johnny Cash, for all his strength and all the respect he commanded, was a man who had little trouble over the years succumbing to his temptations, testing the faith and respect others had in him. He was one of the greatest artists country music has ever produced, but at one time he took enough amphetamine pills to dry his throat to the point where he couldn't sing. He was a man who spoke often and lovingly about his family, but he ruined one marriage with indulgence and adultery, and tested the resolve of his second wife when he slipped back into old habits. He was a main of mountainous religious faith, but at his darkest moment, he is said to have crawled into a cave, never feeling farther from his God.

    The Truth About Johnny Cash And June Carter's Relationship

    The Truth About Johnny Cash And June Carter's Relationship

    A wise old professor used to caution his students about feeling too confident in their own righteousness. "It could be," he'd say, "you just haven't met an offer you couldn't refuse." That must go double for entertainers, no matter their public image. The more popular, the more temptations to deal with. Because once you're bringing in serious money, nobody wants to say no. A terrific object lesson from the "public image/no/temptation" file is the incredibly romantic tale of Johnny Cash and his second wife, June Carter.

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