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Johnny Cash
Born: February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Ar
Died: September 12, 2003 in Nashville, Te
Active: '50s-2000s Major
Styles: Country Gospel, Rockabilly, Cowboy
Instrument: Vocals Representative
Albums: "At Folsom Prison and San Quentin", "At Folsom Prison", "Columbia Records 1958-1986" Representative
Songs: "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Get Rhythm"

UPC Type Title
654378606625 (i) CD 100 Hits Legends-Johnny Cash
886974132622 CD 16 Biggest Hits
886978311122 CD 16 Biggest Hits
8869733570196 (i) Vinyl 16 Biggest Hits
792014071526 CD 20 All Time Original Greatest Hits
030206648720 CD All Aboard the Blue Train
731455255829 (i) CD All American Country
690978395781 (i) CD All Over Again
886972443928 CD America
731458679226 CD American III: Solitary Man
8712177049721 (i) CD American Icon
8712177046430 (i) DVD American Icon
602537530328 Vinyl American III: Solitary Man
602537530311 Vinyl American II: Unchained
602537596386 Vinyl American IV: The Man Comes Around
731458679028 CD American Recordings
602537530304 Vinyl American Recordings
602527315621 CD American VI: Aint No Grave
602498626962 CD American V: Hundred Highways
602517005099 Vinyl American V: A Hundred Highways
602527315645 Vinyl American VI: Ain't No Grave
886973274224 CD At Folsom Prison
074646595527 CD At Folsom Prison
090771536112 Vinyl At Folsom Prison
8713748981457 (i) Vinyl At Folsom Prison
888837143820 CD At Madison Square Garden
888837143622 CD At San Quentin-Complete 1969 Concert
828767591421 CD At San Quentin
886975860326 (i) CD At San Quentin/at Folsom Prison
886979957220 (i) CD At San Quentin: Deluxe Hard-Back Sleeve
4582192932384 (i) CD At San Quentin-Legacy Edition
090771536211 Vinyl At San Quentin
886977455315 (i) Vinyl At San Quentin
9322225015432 (i) DVD At the Town Hall Party
715187749429 CD Best of Johnny Cash
731455438321 (i) CD Best of Johnny Cash
5099746255725 (i) CD Best of Johnny Cash
7798136573187 (i) CD Best of Sun Years
886976948825 CD Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show
792014055427 CD Best of the Best
4009910482421 (i) CD Best of the Sun Years
886973130629 (i) CD Best of the Johnny Cash TV
886975730797 (i) DVD Best of the Johnny Cash Show
600753041246 (i) CD Best of-Green Series
886972384726 CD Bitter Tears-Ballads of the Am
074646650721 (i) CD Bitter Tears-Ballads of the Am
886972459424 CD Blood Sweat & Tears
886979853829 CD Bootleg Vol. 4-the Soul of Truth (2CD)
886976005122 CD Bootleg Vol. 2-From Memphis to Hollywood (2 CD)
886979303324 CD Bootleg Vol. 3-Live Around the World (2 CD)
888837679121 CD Box Set Series
079892879124 CD Boy Named Sue & Other Story Songs
8712273050386 (i) CD Boy Named Sue
886974847625 CD Carryin' on with Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
602517802704 DVD Cash for Kenya: Live in Johnstown Pa
886978301529 CD Cash, Johnny: Vol. 1-Bootleg: Personal File
696998572621 CD Cash, Johnny: Vol. 2-16 Biggest Hits
886972696324 CD Cash, Johnny: Vol. 2-Super Hits
886970073929 CD Cash-Ultimate Gospel
886976948320 CD Christmas with Johnny Cash
079892408225 CD Christmas Spirit
8712177026531 (i) CD Christmas Album
828768490921 (i) CD Christmas as I Knew It
5099751361022 (i) CD Christmas Collection
886977661990 DVD Christmas with Johnny Cash (Christmas Classics: Th
602498397770 (i) CD Classic Cash/Boom Chicka Boom
888837360920 CD Classic Christmas Album
887254276326 (i) CD Classics
602498432938 (i) CD Colour Collection
4000127155634 (i) CD Come Along & Ride This Train
826992002729 CD Concert Behind Prison Walls
801213005291 DVD Concert Behind Prison Walls
801213903290 DVD Concert: Behind Prison Walls
883717002020 CD Country Boy
8712177043866 (i) CD Country Legend Live
886919659429 CD Country: Johnny Cash
602517601307 CD Definitive Collection (1985 to 1993)
8712177051458 (i) CD Don't Take Your Guns to Town
828767834429 (i) CD Duets
886972908922 CD Essential 3.0
696998629028 CD Essential Johnny Cash
5099750634592 (i) CD Essential
886975368020 (i) CD Essential-Tin Box
690978395538 (i) CD Faboulous
886972418827 CD Fabulous Johnny Cash
8436028696291 (i) CD Fabulous Johnny Cash with His Hot & Blue Guitar
887654080615 Vinyl Fabulous Johnny Cash
8718469532100 (i) Vinyl Fabulous Johnny Cash
696998644427 CD Folsom Prison/San Quentin/America
883717001825 CD Get Rhythm
090431642726 CD Get Rhythm/Story Songs of Trai
079891571326 CD Giant Hits
886972663425 CD God
024266123624 CD Golden Hits
886977948428 (i) CD Gospel Collection
079892160826 CD Gospel Glory
617884273224 CD Gospel Music of Johnny Cash
617884479299 DVD Gospel Music of Johnny Cash
628261404728 CD Gospel of John
602517339965 CD Great Lost Performance
015074700121 CD Greatest Hits
5099748054920 (i) CD Greatest Hits
3000000060353 (i) DVD Greatest Hits (Pal/Region 0)
886919033427 CD Greatest: Country Classics
886919033625 CD Greatest: Duets
886919033328 CD Greatest: The Number Ones
886919033526 CD Greatest: Gospel Songs
886919198027 CD Greatest: The Number Ones
792014056127 CD Hall of Fame 1980
8718469531226 (i) Vinyl Hello I'm Johnny Cash
886970896726 (i) CD Hit Collection-Edition
090204645084 CD Hits
886972448121 CD Hymns by Johnny Cash
090204786190 CD I Still Miss Someone-Greatest
602498843406 CD I Walk the Line-Legend of Johnny Cash
090431601020 CD I Walk the Line-Very Best of J
090431039229 CD I Walk the Line
5883007136027 CD I Walk the Line: The Golden Years
698458750228 (i) CD I Walk the Line
602527438047 CD Icon
602537474721 (i) CD Icon
4000127161321 (i) CD Its All in the Family
805520090872 (i) CD Johnny & June
886979104723 CD Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collectio..
828768132821 CD Johnny Cash Children's Album
803415574124 CD Johnny Cash: Complete Sun Masters
030206605624 CD Johnny Cash: Complete Sun Singles
827969071229 CD Johnny Cash-Music That Matters to Him
886972340128 CD Johnny Cash's America
5036408141323 (i) CD Johnny Cash: Vol. 2-Five Classic Albums
886978920621 (i) CD Johnny Cash: Collection
602498385906 (i) CD Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town/Water From the Wells
886978983923 (i) CD Johnny Cash: Collection
886971571820 (i) CD Johnny Cash: Collections: Best of
731454498227 (i) CD Johnny Cash & Friends
886976187125 (i) CD Johnny Cash: Collection
826663109405 DVD Johnny Cash Christmas Specials: 1976-1979
602498867501 DVD Johnny Cash in Ireland-1993
823880024153 DVD Johnny Cash Music in Review
826663106978 DVD Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1976
826663106985 DVD Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977
826663106992 DVD Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978
826663107005 DVD Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1979
8713748982720 (i) Vinyl Johnny Cash: Vol. 3: Bootleg Series: Live Around t..
8718469530809 (i) Vinyl Johnny Cash: Vol. 4-Bootleg: The Soul of the South
8713748981501 (i) Vinyl Johnny Cash: Vol. 1-Bootleg Series: Personal File
8713748981518 (i) Vinyl Johnny Cash: Vol. 2-Bootleg Series: From Memphis t..
827969280225 CD Legend
886977878527 (i) CD Legend
602517138407 CD Legend of Johnny Cash
723721474355 CD Legends
5060204780516 (i) DVD Legends in Concert: The Man in Black
886972663722 CD Life
888837293426 CD Life Unheard
181582000371 DVD Line-Walking with a Legend
801213904297 DVD Live at Montreux 1994
030206173529 CD Live at the Louisiana Hayride
4000127200013 (i) DVD Live at Town Hall Party
090771517012 Vinyl Live at Town Hall Party 1958!
090771517111 Vinyl Live at Town Hall Party 1959!
607396621422 CD Live From Austin Tx (CD/DVD)
607396608522 CD Live From Austin Texas
607396801725 DVD Live From Austin Texas
607396504510 Vinyl Live From Austin Tx (LP)
698458703620 (i) CD Lonesome in Black-Legendary Sun Recordings
886972664026 CD Love
074646380925 CD Love God Murder
044006333922 CD Man Comes Around
044007708309 CD Man Comes Around
5099747765322 (i) CD Man in Black-Definitive
5099750634523 (i) CD Man in Black the Very Best of Johnny C
4000127166012 (i) CD Man in Black/International Johnny Cash
4000127155887 (i) CD Man in Black 1963-69
886970465427 (i) CD Man in Black-Definitive Collection
4000127155177 (i) CD Man in Black 1954-58
4000127155627 (i) CD Man in Black 1959-62
828768566299 DVD Man in Black: Live in Denmark-1971
877694005754 DVD Man in Black
9399747130820 (i) CD Many Sides of Johnny Cash
600753149232 (i) CD Masters Collection
731454432627 (i) CD Mercury Years
008817021720 CD Millennium Collection-20th Century Masters
886976948627 CD Murder
602498613337 CD My Mother's Hymn Book
4015698752380 DVD Night Rider
4000127300027 (i) DVD Night Rider
5050457113025 (i) CD Now Here's Johnny Cash
886972476520 CD Now There Was a Song!
5055396350302 DVD On the Record
886974875024 CD Orange Blossom Special
888837194020 CD Original Album Classics
886919015928 (i) CD Original Album Classics
886972710822 (i) CD Original Album Classics
090771517913 Vinyl Original Sun Singles 54-58
4000127163257 (i) CD Outtakes
828768857823 (i) CD Pa Osteraker-Live in Sweden
828765771726 CD Platinum & Gold Collection
602517751996 CD Playlist Your Way
886919911428 CD Playlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash & June Cart
886977467721 CD Playlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash Gospel
886972745428 CD Playlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash
5034504126923 (i) CD Presents a Concert Behind Prison Walls
828767665825 (i) CD Prison Concerts
886972497822 CD Ragged Old Flag
016351060693 DVD Rainbow Quest
886979153929 (i) CD Real Johnny Cash
886979153721 (i) CD Real Johnny Cash
5024952604036 (i) CD Rebel
4029758958827 (i) CD Remixed
886972399324 CD Ride This Train
887654600622 (i) CD Ride This Train + Ragged Old Flag
5060143491481 (i) Vinyl Ride This Train
886972330129 CD Ring of Fire-Best of
602498878507 (i) CD Ring of Fire-the Legend of Johnn
8712177026760 (i) CD Ring of Fire
8712177036189 (i) CD Ring of Fire
731455093223 (i) CD Ring of Fire
5060117601496 Vinyl Rock Island Line
099923797920 CD Rockabilly Blues
634457232211 Vinyl Rockabilly Blues
886977027529 CD Setlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash Live
886919607727 CD Setlist: The Very Best Prison Recordings of Johnny
888837219426 (i) CD Setlist: The Very Best of Johnny Cash
696998679122 CD Silver
5099748372598 (i) CD Simply the Best
090431643129 CD Singing Storyteller/Rough Cut
604988054224 (i) CD Singles 1955-58
886974856221 CD Sings Ballads of the True West
8712177062393 (i) CD Sings Hank Williams George Jones & Other Classic C
8712177062416 (i) Vinyl Sings Hank Williams George Jones & Other Classic C
012676600620 CD Sings His 20 Best
090431643723 CD Sings I Walk the Line/Sings Fo
5050457106423 (i) CD Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous
4571191056986 (i) CD Sings the Ballads of the True West
886972495729 CD Songs of Our Soil
5060143493317 (i) CD Songs of Our Soil
5050457129125 (i) CD Sound of Johnny Cash
5060143499050 (i) CD Stash of Cash
5060143490231 (i) CD Storyteller-Three Original Albums
610583460728 CD Sun Recordings: Greatest Hits
090771120526 CD Sun Singles Collection
090431643228 CD Sunday Down South/Johnny Cash
886970527927 CD Super Hits
886970402699 DVD The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show [Deluxe Editio..
886971539196 DVD The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show
886977736124 (i) CD This Is (the Man in Black)
887654513120 CD Threads & Grooves
887654594624 CD Threads & Grooves (at Folsom Prison CD)
887254733072 Vinyl Threads & Grooves-Folsom Prison Blues
883717001924 CD Train of Love
4000127168207 (i) CD Traveling Cash-Imaginary Journey
5060143490415 (i) CD Trilogy
886973718322 CD Triple Feature
698458650122 (i) CD Ultimate Collection
090431096628 CD Ultimate Johnny Cash Collection
731458679127 CD Unchained
602498104194 (i) CD Universal Masters Collection
4000127173089 (i) CD Unseen Cash From William Speer's Studio
4000127152473 (i) CD Up Through the Years 1955-57
7798093710038 (i) CD Very Best of Johnny Cash
698458104526 (i) CD Very Best of the Sun Years
829421947806 Vinyl Vol. 1-Johnny Cashs Greatest Hits
886973080825 (i) CD Wanted Man-Johnny Cash
008817032122 (i) CD Water From the Wells of Home
886972213729 CD X2 (Complete Live at San Quentin/Orange Blossom

Biography: Johnny Cash was one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music. With his deep, resonant baritone and spare percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound. Cash didn't sound like Nashville, nor did he sound like honky tonk or rock & roll. He created his own subgenre, falling halfway between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock & roll, and the world-weariness of country. Cash's career coincided with the birth of rock & roll, and his rebellious attitude and simple, direct musical attack shared a lot of similarities with rock. However, there was a deep sense of history -- as he would later illustrate with his series of historical albums -- that kept him forever tied with country. And he was one of country music's biggest stars of the '50s and '60s, scoring well over 100 hit singles.

Cash, whose birth name was J.R. Cash, was born and raised in Arkansas, moving to Dyess when he was three. By the time he was 12 years old, he had begun writing his own songs. He was inspired by the country songs he had heard on the radio. While he was in high school, he sang on the Arkansas radio station KLCN. Cash graduated from high school in 1950, moving to Detroit to work in an auto factory for a brief while. With the outbreak of the Korean War, he enlisted in the Air Force. While he was in the Air Force, Cash bought his first guitar and taught himself to play. He began writing songs in earnest, including "Folsom Prison Blues." Cash left the Air Force in 1954, married a Texas woman named Vivian Leberto, and moved to Memphis, where he took a radio announcing course at a broadcasting school on the GI Bill. During the evenings, he played country music in a trio that also consisted of guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant. The trio occasionally played for free on a local radio station, KWEM, and tried to secure gigs and an audition at Sun Records.

Cash finally landed an audition with Sun Records and its founder, Sam Phillips, in 1955. Initially, Cash presented himself as a gospel singer, but Phillips turned him down. Phillips asked him to come back with something more commercial. Cash returned with "Hey Porter," which immediately caught Phillips' ear. Soon, Cash released "Cry Cry Cry"/"Hey Porter" as his debut single for Sun. On the single, Phillips billed Cash as "Johnny," which upset the singer because he felt it sounded too young; the record producer also dubbed Perkins and Grant as the Tennessee Two. "Cry Cry Cry" became a success upon its release in 1955, entering the country charts at number 14 and leading to a spot on The Louisiana Hayride, where he stayed for nearly a year. A second single, "Folsom Prison Blues," reached the country Top Five in early 1956 and its follow-up, "I Walk the Line," was number one for six weeks and crossed over into the pop Top 20.

Cash had an equally successful year in 1957, scoring several country hits including the Top 15 "Give My Love to Rose." Cash also made his Grand Ole Opry debut that year, appearing all in black where the other performers were decked out in flamboyant, rhinestone-studded outfits. Eventually, he earned the nickname of "The Man in Black." Cash became the first Sun artist to release a long-playing album in November of 1957, when Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar hit the stores. Cash's success continued to roll throughout 1958, as he earned his biggest hit, "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" (number one for ten weeks), as well another number one single, "Guess Things Happen That Way." For most of 1958, Cash attempted to record a gospel album, but Sun refused to allow him to record one. Sun also was unwilling to increase Cash's record royalties. Both of these were deciding factors in the vocalist's decision to sign with Columbia Records in 1958. By the end of the year, he had released his first single for the label, "All Over Again," which became another Top Five success. Sun continued to release singles and albums of unissued Cash material into the '60s.

"Don't Take Your Guns to Town," Cash's second single for Columbia, was one of his biggest hits, reaching the top of the country charts and crossing over into the pop charts in the beginning of 1959. Throughout that year, Columbia and Sun singles vied for the top of the charts. Generally, the Columbia releases -- "Frankie's Man Johnny," "I Got Stripes," and "Five Feet High and Rising" -- fared better than the Sun singles, but "Luther Played the Boogie" did climb into the Top Ten. That same year, Cash had the chance to make his gospel record -- Hymns by Johnny Cash -- which kicked off a series of thematic albums that ran into the '70s.

The Tennessee Two became the Tennessee Three in 1960 with the addition of drummer W.S. Holland. Though he was continuing to have hits, the relentless pace of his career was beginning to take a toll on Cash. In 1959, he had begun taking amphetamines to help him get through his schedule of nearly 300 shows a year. By 1961, his drug intake had increased dramatically and his work was affected, which was reflected by a declining number of hit singles and albums. By 1963, he had moved to New York, leaving his family behind. He was running into trouble with the law, most notably for starting a forest fire out West.

June Carter -- who was the wife of one of Cash's drinking buddies, Carl Smith -- would provide Cash with his return to the top of the charts with "Ring of Fire," which she co-wrote with Merle Kilgore. "Ring of Fire" spent seven weeks on the top of the charts and was a Top 20 pop hit. Cash continued his success in 1964 as "Understand Your Man" became a number one hit. However, Cash's comeback was short-lived as he sank further into addiction, and his hit singles arrived sporadically. Cash was arrested in El Paso for attempting to smuggle amphetamines into the country through his guitar case in 1965. That same year, the Grand Ole Opry refused to have him perform and he wrecked the establishment's footlights. In 1966, his wife Vivian filed for divorce. After the divorce, Cash moved to Nashville. At first, he was as destructive as he ever had been, but he became close friends with June Carter, who had divorced Carl Smith. With Carter's help, he was able to shake his addictions; she also converted Cash to fundamentalist Christianity. His career began to bounce back as "Jackson" and "Rosanna's Going Wild" became Top Ten hits. Early in 1968, Cash proposed marriage to Carter during a concert; the pair were married that spring.

Also in 1968, Cash recorded and released his most popular album, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. Recorded during a prison concert, the album spawned the number one country hit "Folsom Prison Blues," which also crossed over into the pop charts. By the end of the year, the record had gone gold. The following year, he released a sequel, Johnny Cash at San Quentin, which had his only Top Ten pop single, "A Boy Named Sue," which peaked at number three; it also hit number one on the country charts. Cash guested on Bob Dylan's 1969 country-rock album Nashville Skyline. Dylan returned the favor by appearing on the first episode of The Johnny Cash Show, the singer's television program for ABC. The Johnny Cash Show ran for two years, between 1969 and 1971.

Cash was reaching a second peak of popularity in 1970. In addition to his television show, he performed for President Richard Nixon at the White House, acted with Kirk Douglas in The Gunfight, sang with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he was the subject of a documentary film. His record sales were equally healthy as "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "Flesh and Blood" were number one hits. Throughout 1971, Cash continued to have hits, including the Top Three "Man in Black." Both Cash and Carter became more socially active in the early '70s, campaigning for the civil rights of Native Americans and prisoners, as well as frequently working with Billy Graham.

In the mid-'70s, Cash's presence on the country charts began to decline, but he continued to have a series of minor hits and the occasional chart-topper like 1976's "One Piece at a Time," or Top Ten hits like the Waylon Jennings duet "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang" and "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky." Man in Black, Cash's autobiography, was published in 1975. In 1980, he became the youngest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. However, the '80s were a rough time for Cash as his record sales continued to decline and he ran into trouble with Columbia. Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis teamed up to record The Survivors in 1982, which was a mild success. The Highwaymen -- a band featuring Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson -- released their first album in 1985, which was also moderately successful. The following year, Cash and Columbia Records ended their relationship and he signed with Mercury Nashville. The new label didn't prove to be a success, as the company and the singer fought over stylistic direction. Furthermore, country radio had begun to favor more contemporary artists, and Cash soon found himself shut out of the charts. Nevertheless, he continued to be a popular concert performer.

The Highwaymen recorded a second album in 1992, and it was more commercially successful than any of Cash's Mercury records. Around that time, his contract with Mercury ended. In 1993, he signed a contract with American Records. His first album for the label, American Recordings, was produced by the label's founder, Rick Rubin, and was a stark, acoustic collection of songs. American Recordings, while not a blockbuster success, revived his career critically and brought him in touch with a younger, rock-oriented audience. In 1995, the Highwaymen released their third album, The Road Goes on Forever. The following year, Cash released his second album for American Records, Unchained, which featured support from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. His VH1 Storytellers outing was released in 1998, and in the spring of 2000, Cash compiled Love, God, Murder, a three-disc retrospective focusing on the major songwriting themes dominant throughout his career. The new studio album American III: Solitary Man appeared later that year.

Health problems plagued Cash throughout the '90s and into the 2000s, but he continued to record with Rubin; their fourth collaboration, American IV: The Man Comes Around, was released in late 2002. The following year, the Mark Romanek-directed video for his cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" garnered considerable acclaim and media attention, culminating in an unexpected nomination for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards. Not long after the video sparked numerous stories, his beloved wife June Carter Cash died on May 15, 2003, of complications following heart surgery. Four months later, Johnny died of complications from diabetes in Nashville, TN. He was 71. Five months later, the compilation Legend of Johnny Cash became a Top Ten hit. In 2006 Lost Highway released the next-to-last installment of Cash's legendary "American" recordings, American V: A Hundred Highways, from the late singer's last sessions with collaborator Rick Rubin. The final installment from those sessions appeared as American VI: Ain't No Grave, in early 2010, and is reported to be the last of the American Recordings releases. Sony Legacy started a vigorous "bootleg" series of rare, unreleased or hard to find Cash tracks in 2011 with the two-disc Bootleg, Vol. 1: Personal File and continued into 2012 with three further two-disc sets of rare material. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi