Johnny Cash..Biography and best films

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The Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus

Johnny Cash, John Denver

Released: 1973

Directed by: Robert Elfstrom

Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus is a 1973 film directed by Robert Elfstrom

 

Johnny Cash and Roscoe Holcombe: Rainbow Quest

Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger

Released: 2004

The Baron and the Kid

Johnny Cash, Darren McGavin

Released: 1984

Directed by: Gary Nelson

The Baron and the Kid is a 1984 sport drama film directed by Gary Nelson..

Five Minutes to Live

Johnny Cash, Ron Howard

Released: 1961

Directed by: Bill Karn

Five Minutes to Live is a 1961 American crime film. It was re-titled Door-to-Door Maniac for a re-release in 1966. The film stars Johnny Cash and Cay Forrester, who wrote the screenplay and

Country Legends Live: Vol. 2

Johnny Cash, Billy Ray Cyrus

Released: 1993

The Nashville Sound

Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Elfstrom

Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement’s Home Movies

Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton

Released: 2005

Directed by: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon

He’s been a producer to Elvis Presley and U2, an Arthur Murray dance instructor, best friend to Johnny Cash, Sam Phillips’ right-hand man, a U.S. Marine, a slasher-film producer, and he..

A Tribute to Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow

Released: 1999

A Tribute to Johnny Cash is a 1999 documentary television special written by Anthony DeCurtis and Michael Rainin directed by Louis J. Horvitz….

Stagecoach

Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Ted Post

Stagecoach is a 1986 made-for-TV film. It is a remake of the classic 1939 film Stagecoach and stars Kris Kristofferson as the Ringo Kid, the part originally played by John Wayne. Willie

The Pride of Jesse Hallam

Johnny Cash, Eli Wallach

Released: 1981

Directed by: Gary Nelson

The Pride of Jesse Hallam is a 1981 made-for-TV movie starring Johnny Cash, first airing on CBS…

Louisiana Hayride

Johnny Cash, George Jones

Roy Orbison: In Dreams

Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson

Released: 200..

Johnny Cash: A Concert Behind Prison Walls

Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt

Released: 197

Road to Nashville

Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings

Released: 1967

Directed by: Will Ze..

Johnny Cash Biography

(1932–2003)

 

Johnny Cash grew up in a poor farming community and joined the Air Force in 1950. He co-founded a band following his discharge, and within a few years Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two had scored hits with songs like “Walk the Line.” Cash’s career was nearly derailed in the 1960s by a serious substance-abuse problem, but his marriage to June Carter and acclaimed album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (1968) put him back on track. In later years, Cash joined the country supergroup the Highwaymen and released a series of recordings with producer Rick Rubin.

Cash was born on February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas. The son of poor Southern Baptist sharecroppers, Cash, one of seven children born to Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash, moved with his family at the age of 3 to Dyess, Arkansas, so that his father could take advantage of the New Deal farming programs instituted by President Franklin Roosevelt. There, the Cash clan lived in a five-room house and farmed 20 acres of cotton and other seasonal crops.

 

Cash spent much of the next 15 years out in the fields, working alongside his parents and siblings to help pay off their debts. It wasn’t an easy life, and music was one of the ways the Cash family found escape from some of the hardships. Songs surrounded the young Cash, be it his mother’s folk and hymn ballads, or the working music people sang out in the fields.

From an early age Cash, who began writing songs at age 12, showed a love for the music that enveloped his life. Sensing her boy’s gift for song, Carrie scraped together enough money so that he could take singing lessons. However, after just three lessons his teacher, enthralled with Cash’s already unique singing style, told him to stop taking lessons and to never deviate from his natural voice.

Religion, too, had a strong impact on Cash’s childhood. His mother was a devout member of the Pentecostal Church of God, and his older brother Jack seemed committed to joining the priesthood until his tragic death in 1944 in an electric-saw accident. The experiences of his early farming life and religion became recurring themes in Cash’s career.

In 1950, Cash graduated high school and left Dyess to seek employment, venturing to Pontiac, Michigan, for a brief stint at an auto body plant. That summer he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as “John R. Cash”—military regulations required a full first name—and he was sent for training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he met future wife Vivian Liberto. For the bulk of his four years in the Air Force, Cash was stationed in Landsberg, West Germany, where he worked as a radio intercept officer, eavesdropping on Soviet radio traffic.

It was also in Germany that Cash began to turn more of his attention toward music. With a few of his Air Force buddies, he formed the Landsberg Barbarians, giving Cash a chance to play live shows, teach himself more of the guitar and take a shot at songwriting. “We were terrible,” he said later, “but that Lowenbrau beer will make you feel like you’re great. We’d take our instruments to these honky-tonks and play until they threw us out or a fight started.”

After his discharge in July 1954, Cash married Vivian and settled with her in Memphis, Tennessee, where he worked, as best he could, as an appliance salesman. Pursuing music on the side, Cash teamed up with a couple of mechanics, Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins, who worked with Cash’s older brother Roy. The young musicians soon formed a tight bond, with the crew and their wives often heading over to one of their houses to play music, much of it gospel.

Cash, who banged away on an old $5 guitar he’d purchased in Germany, became the frontman for the group, and they honed their unique synthesis of blues and country-and-western music through live performances. “He was a decent singer, not a great one,” wrote Marshall Grant, in his 2006 autobiography, I Was There When it Happened: My Life with Johnny Cash. “But there was power and presence in his voice.”

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