Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight to Feature the Legendary Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash, born in Kingsland, Arkansas on February 26, 1932. Beginning his mid 1950’s recordings for Sun Records, Johnny Cash established an international profile. He reached superstar status in the late 1960’s and continued his own path musically through the 1980’s and 1990’s.
He had extensive hit recordings on the country and pop charts, both singles and albums. A prolific songwriter and an astute selector of songs from the pens of others, he reached out to folk and rock sources for his popularity. In the wake of Elvis Presley’s 1954 breakthrough at Sun Records. He auditioned for Sun Records.
Beginning with the June 21, 1958 release of, “Cry Cry Cry” and “Hey Porter,” Cash became one of the most promising young artists on the label. Country hits such as “I Walk the Line,” “Ballad of a Teenage Queen,” which crossed over to pop charts and made Cash one of the dominant new country singers of 1956 to 1958. He joined the Grand Ole Opry cast July of 1956.
His crossover appeal led to being inducted into the country music hall of fame, the rock and roll hall of fame and gospel music hall of fame. Much of Cash’s music, mostly his later career, were themes of sorrow and moral tribulation. His signature songs included, “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” “Get Rhythm” and the “Man in Black.” Johnny Cash passed away September 12, 2003 at age 71.
Hear those great songs and stories of his life on the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight Sunday November 4th at 11 a.m. It’s a segment of the 98 Country Classic Show 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 98.1 FM 98 Country.