Today marks the 14th anniversary of the passing of legendary country musician Johnny Cash. The iconic Man In Black is among the most well-known and beloved American musicians to ever live and his storied career continues to inspire generations of fellow performers.
Throughout his four-decade long career Cash was a frequent performer and member of the famed Grand Ole Opry. He made his debut on July 5, 1956 performing “So Doggone Lonesome,” “I Walk The Line” and “Get Rhythm.” It was also the day he met his future wife June Carter Cash. Here’s “So Doggone Lonesome” from his debut at the Opry:
Johnny was subsequently banned from the Grand Ole Opry during a period of time following his 1965 appearance in which he smashed lights on the stage during a intoxicated performance. By 1968 he was welcomed back and took the stage at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for renditions of “Ring Of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” He also performed “Jackson” with the help of June. Watch all three songs below:
Now wearing the all-black attire that became his signature look, Cash teamed with Hank Williams Jr. for a duet at The Ryman in the early-1970s. The performance below features a rendition of the Hank Williams Sr. composition “Kaw Liga,” Watch here:
[Originally Published: September 12, 2016]