Today's Tigers
Saturday, March 29

The Man in Black
Classroom Demonstration
Dr. Peter LaRue

J. R. John Ray "Johnny" Cash

Johnny Cash Basics
Born: Kingsland, Arkansas
Parents: Ray and Carrie
Siblings: Five
Ray - sharecropper, alcoholic
Carrie - church-going, hymn singer
moved to the Dyess Government Agricultural Colony when JR was 3
Brother Jack - tragic death
as a young boy listened to WSM - Carter Family
conflicts with his father
enlisted in the Air Force - 4 years - Germany - Vivian
wrote early classics - Folsom Prison, Hey Porter
1954 - married Vivian, moved to Memphis, appliance salesman, started band
Tennessee Two - Luther Perkins [Guitar], Marshall Grant [Bass]
Sun Records - Sam Phillips
Early Success with Hey Porter, Cry, Cry, Cry & Folsom Prison Blues
Touring with the Sun Caravan [Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis & June]
1956 - first appearance on the Grand Ol Opry
Mother Maybelle
move to California
change record labels to Columbia
problems with marriage
substance abuse challenges
dark days
returns to Nashville
"The Cave Experience"
June and Mother Maybelle
1968 - marries June
career sky-rockets
Folsom Prison Live Album, Sunday Morning Coming Down [K. Kristofferson]
television program
world tours
Highway Men [JR, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings & Kris Kristofferson]
relationship with Billy Graham
break with Columbia - nasty
American Recordings - Rick Rubin [1994]
American I, II, III & IV & V Albums [V released after his death]
Legacy: CM HOF, R&R HOF, Kennedy Center Honors, et al




Singer-Song Writer

Country Music Legend

American Music Legend

Lasting Legacy

Audio Examples
Folsom Prison
Walk the Line
Ring of Fire
Daddy Sang Bass

Video Examples
Mother Maybelle - Wildwood Flower
Cry, Cry, Cry
[and Hey Porter]
Cocaine Blues
I hope you have enjoyed this brief glimpse into
the life of a true
American Music Icon.
Johnny Cash

"Quite possibly, the most recognizable voice in all of country music belongs to The Man in Black, Johnny Cash. His forays into the fields of country, folk, rock and even gospel music, distinguish Cash as one of the most intriguing performers in all of 20th century popular music. In addition to one of the most-impressive music careers of all-time, he enjoyed success and garnered tremendous respect as an author, an actor and a biblical scholar" ... Charles Wolfe

"Every man knows he is a sissy compared to Johnny Cash" ... Bono