It has now been a decade since the world lost one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
It was September 12, 2003 that Johnny Cash aka “the Man in Black” passed away at the age of 71, nearly four months after his wife June Carter Cash. Although he is primarily known as a country icon, Cash’s legacy spanned into other genres of music that included rock and roll, rockabilly, blues and gospel. His career spanned six decades, beginning with the early formation of rock and roll, when he first recorded for Sam Phillips’ Sun Records, and was labelmates with other artists including Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Among the classic tunes he recorded during that time included “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line”.
Cash would be known for performing for prisoners, and in the late 1960s, he released two successful live album At Folsom Prison (which was hailed as one of the top 100 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone) and At San Quentin (which became Cash’s first and only number one pop album). He would also be known for recordings he did with wife June Carter Cash including the song “Jackson”, and later in his career, he teamed up with producer Rick Rubin, which resulted in the American Recordings albums, including one that featured a beautiful but haunting cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”.
In his lifetime, and after his death, Cash would be revered as an influence to countless artists including Bob Dylan, U2, and Kris Kristofferson. He is an inductee of three different halls of fame including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame, and he was even portrayed in a Oscar-winning film. Ten years after his passing, Cash’s legacy has truly lived on through numerous honors (including a highway named after him), and of course his music.