Johnny Cash Biography (1932-)

Full name, John Ray Cash; born February 26, 1932, in Kingland, AR; son of Ray(a cotton farmer) and Carrie (a homemaker; maiden name, Rivers) Cash; married Vivian Liberto, August 7, 1954 (divorced, 1967); married June Carter (a singer), March 1, 1968; children: (first marriage) Rosanne (a singer and songwriter), Kathleen, Cindy, Tara; (second marriage) John Carter, Carlene Carter (stepdaughter). Addresses: Agent--Agency for the Performing Arts, 9000 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Birth Details
February 26, 1932
Kingland, Arkansas, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • Ranch Party, syndicated, 1958.
  • Host, The Johnny Cash Show, ABC, 1969-71.
  • Host, Johnny Cash and Friends, CBS, 1976.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Miniseries
  • John Brown, North and South, ABC, 1985.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Thaddeus Rose, Thaddeus Rose and Eddie, CBS, 1978.
  • Jesse Hallam, The Pride of Jessie Hallam, CBS, 1981.
  • Lamar Potts, Murder in Coweta County, CBS, 1983.
  • Will "Baron" Addington, The Baron and the Kid, CBS, 1984.
  • Marshal Curly Wilcox, Stagecoach, CBS, 1986.
  • Frank James, The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James, NBC, 1986.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • Cash! (documentary), National Educational Television (now PBS), 1969.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1970.
  • Sing Out, Sweet Land, NBC, 1976.
  • Host, The Johnny Cash Christmas Special, CBS, 1976.
  • John Denver: Thank God I'm a Country Boy, 1977.
  • Host, The Johnny Cash Christmas Special, CBS, 1977.
  • Host, Johnny Cash: Spring Fever, CBS, 1978.
  • Host, A Johnny Cash Christmas, CBS, 1979.
  • Country Stars of the '70s, NBC, 1979.
  • Host, The Johnny Cash Spring Special, CBS, 1979.
  • Host, A Johnny Cash Christmas, CBS, 1980.
  • Host, Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years, CBS, 1980.
  • 100 Years of Golden Hits, NBC, 1981.
  • Country Comes Home, ABC, 1981.
  • Fifty Years of Country Music, NBC, 1981.
  • Host, Johnny Cash and the Country Girls, CBS, 1981.
  • Host, Johnny Cash: Christmas in Scotland, CBS, 1981.
  • Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, 1981.
  • Host, Johnny Cash--A Merry Memphis Christmas, CBS, 1982.
  • Host, Johnny Cash's America, HBO, 1982.
  • Host, Johnny Cash: Cowboy Heroes, CBS, 1982.
  • Host, Johnny Cash: Christmas 1983, CBS, 1983.
  • Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Super Birthday Special, NBC, 1984.
  • Glen Campbell and Friends: The Silver Anniversary, HBO, 1984.
  • Host, Johnny Cash: Christmas on the Road, CBS, 1984.
  • The 10th Anniversary Johnny Cash Christmas Special, CBS, 1985.
  • Host, The Winning Hand, syndicated, 1985.
  • Liberty Weekend, ABC, 1986.
  • Texas 150: A Celebration Special, ABC, 1986.
  • The Academy of Country Music's 20th Anniversary Reunion, NBC, 1986.
  • The Best of Farm Aid: An American Event, HBO, 1986.
  • "A Boston Pops Fourth with John Williams and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra," Evening at Pops, PBS, 1987.
  • Country Music Legends, PBS, 1987.
  • The Magical World of Disney, NBC, 1988.
  • Coming Home: A Rockin' Reunion, TBS, 1989.
  • Amazing Grace with Bill Moyers, PBS, 1990.
  • Johnny Cash: An Inside Look, TNN, 1990.
  • Host, TNN's All-Star Salute to Country Music, TNN, 1990.
  • Highwaymen Live!, The Disney Channel, 1991.
  • The Grand Ole Opry 65th Anniversary Celebration: The New Tradition, CBS,1991.
  • Columbia Records Celebrates the Music of Bob Dylan, cable pay-per- view,1992.
  • Hats Off to Minnie Pearl: America Honors Minnie Pearl, TNN, 1992.
  • The Making of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," TNN, 1992.
  • The Highwaymen, TNN, 1992.
  • A Capitol Fourth 1993, PBS, 1993.
  • Farm Aid VI, TNN, 1993.
  • Star Bangled Branson (also known as Family Channel's Branson Music Hall),The Family Channel, 1993.
  • "The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration," In the Spotlight, PBS, 1993.
  • Willie Nelson the Big Six-O: An All-Star Birthday Celebration, CBS, 1993.
  • Host, Gene Autry: Melody of the West, 1994.
  • The Roots of Country: Nashville Celebrates the Ryman, CBS, 1994.
  • Willie Nelson: My Life, 1994.
  • Narrator, Beneath the Big Sky, 1995.
  • Kris Kristofferson: Songwriter, The Disney Channel, 1995.
  • The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, HBO, 1995.
  • The Marty Party, TNN, 1995.
  • America's Music: The Roots of Country, TBS, 1996.
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1996.
  • Ralph Emery: On the Record with Johnny Cash, TNN, 1997.
  • The Life and Times of Willie Nelson, TNN, 1997.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • Himself, The Spade Cooley Show, 1958.
  • "The Death of Gray," The Rebel, ABC, 1960.
  • "The Deathly Quiet," The Deputy, NBC, 1961.
  • "John Ross: The Trial of Tears," NET Playhouse, PBS, 1970.
  • "What? And Get Out of Show Business?" The Partridge Family, ABC, 1970.
  • Evening at Pops, PBS, 1970.
  • Dick Clark Presents the Rock 'n' Roll Years, ABC, between 1973 and 1974.
  • Tommy Brown, "Swan Song," Columbo, NBC, 1974.
  • Austin City Limits, PBS, 1975.
  • "The Collection," Little House on the Prairie, NBC, 1976.
  • Himself, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1980.
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1982.
  • ABC in Concert, ABC, 1991.
  • Kid Cole, "Saving Souls," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1993.
  • Kid Cole, "Law of the Land," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1993.
  • Kid Cole, "The Thanksgiving," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1994.
  • Storytellers, VH1, 1996.
  • Voice of Coyote, "The Mysterious Voyage of Our Homer" (animated), The Simpsons, Fox, 1997.
  • Also appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and The George Gobel Show.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Awards Presentations
  • The 19th Annual Country Music Association Awards, 1985.
  • The 20th Annual Country Music Association Awards, 1986.
  • The American Music Awards, 1986.
  • Host, The 21st Annual Music City News Country Awards, 1987.
  • The 22nd Annual Country Music Association Awards, 1987.
  • The 23rd Annual Music City News Country Awards, 1989.
  • Grammy Legends Show (also known as Grammy Living Legends Awards), CBS, 1990.
  • The 26th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, 1991.
  • The 26th Annual Country Music Association Awards, 1992.
  • The 27th Annual Country Music Association Awards, 1993.
  • Presenter, The 29th Annual Country Music Association Awards, 1995.
  • Presenter, The 31st Annual Country Music Association Awards, 1997.
  • Credits; Other Television Appearances
  • Davy Crockett: Rainbow in the Thunder, 1988.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Guest star, Hootenanny Hoot, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963.
  • Johnny Cabot, Door-to-Door Maniac (also known as Five Minutes to Live), Sutton, 1966.
  • Himself, Festival, 1967.
  • Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, and His Music, 1969.
  • Abe Cross, A Gunfight, Paramount, 1971.
  • Pete Seeger ... A Song and a Stone, 1972.
  • Narrator, The Gospel Road, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973.
  • Himself, Black Water (also known as Tennessee Nights), 1989.
  • Himself, Radio Star--Die AFN-Story, 1994.
  • Johnny, All My Friends Are Cowboys, 1998.
  • Also appeared in the film The Night Rider.
  • Credits; Film Work
  • Producer (with June Cash), The Gospel Road, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973.
  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • The Will Rogers Follies, Palace Theatre, New York City, between 1991 and1993.
  • Performed in concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City, and the Palladium,London, both 1968.
  • Credits; Radio Appearances
  • Performed on Grand Ole Opry, c. 1956.
  • Credits; Albums
  • Hey Porter, Sun, 1955.
  • Johnny Cash with His Hot & Blue Guitar, Sun, 1958.
  • The Fabulous Johnny Cash, Columbia, 1958.
  • Hymns by Johnny Cash, Columbia, 1959.
  • Songs of Our Soil, Columbia, 1959.
  • Now, There Was a Song!, Columbia, 1960.
  • Ride This Train, Columbia, 1960.
  • The Lure of the Grand Canyon, Columbia, 1961.
  • Now Here's Johnny Cash, Sun, 1961.
  • The Sound of Johnny Cash, Columbia, 1962.
  • Hymns from the Heart, Columbia, 1962.
  • All Aboard the Blue Train, Sun, 1962.
  • Blood Sweat & Tears, Columbia, 1963.
  • Christmas Spirit, Columbia, 1963.
  • Keep on the Sunnyside, CBS, 1964.
  • Bitter Tears, Columbia, 1964.
  • I Walk the Line, Columbia, 1964.
  • Mean as Hell, Columbia, 1965.
  • The Original Sound of Johnny Cash, Sun, 1965.
  • Country Round Up, Fontana, 1965.
  • Orange Blossom Special, Columbia, 1965.
  • Johnny Cash Sings Ballads of the True West, Columbia, 1965.
  • Ballads of the True West 2, CBS, 1965.
  • Everybody Loves a Nut, Columbia, 1966.
  • That's What You Get for Loving Me, CBS, 1966.
  • Happiness Is You, Columbia, 1966.
  • Carryin' On, Columbia, 1967.
  • From Sea to Shining Sea, Columbia, 1967.
  • Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968.
  • The Holy Land, Columbia, 1968.
  • Old Golden Throat, CBS, 1968.
  • Get Rhythm, Sun, 1969.
  • Singing Story Teller, Sun, 1969.
  • Jackson, CBS, 1969.
  • Story Songs of Trains and Rivers, Sun, 1969.
  • Johnny Cash, CBS, 1969.
  • Hello, I'm Johnny Cash, CBS, 1969.
  • Boom Chick a Boom, Mercury, 1969.
  • Johnny Cash at San Quentin, Columbia, 1969.
  • Nashville Skyline, Columbia, 1969.
  • The Legend, Sun, 1970.
  • Walls of a Prison, Harmony, 1970.
  • Country Comeback, Sun, 1970.
  • Johnny Cash Show, CBS, 1970.
  • The Great Johnny Cash, Hallmark, 1970.
  • Original Johnny Cash, Charly, 1970.
  • Little Fauss & Big Halsy, Columbia, 1970.
  • Sunday Down South, CBS, 1970.
  • The World of Johnny Cash, CBS, 1970.
  • Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams, Sun, 1971.
  • Understand the Man, Harmony, 1971.
  • A Man in Black, Columbia, 1971.
  • International Superstar, CBS, 1971.
  • Starportrait, CBS, 1972.
  • Give My Love to Rose, Harmony, 1972.
  • A Thing Called Love, CBS, 1972.
  • Song Book, Harmony, 1972.
  • Sunday Morning Coming Down, CBS, 1972.
  • Magnificent Johnny Cash, Hallmark, 1972.
  • Christmas & the Cash Family, CBS, 1972.
  • The Gospel Road Part 1, CBS, 1973.
  • The Gospel Road Part 2, CBS, 1973.
  • Country & Western Superstar, CBS, 1973.
  • America, Columbia, 1973.
  • Any Old Wind that Blows, Columbia, 1973.
  • Johnny Cash & His Woman, CBS, 1973.
  • Mighty Johnny Cash, Hallmark, 1973.
  • This Is Johnny Cash, Harmony, 1973.
  • Rough Cut King of Country Music, Sun, 1974.
  • Five Feet High and Rising, CBS, 1974.
  • At Osteraker Prison, CBS, 1974.
  • Ballads of American Indians, Harmony, 1974.
  • Junkie & Juicehead, Columbia, 1974.
  • Gentle Giant of Country, Sun, 1974.
  • Ragged Old Flag, CBS, 1974.
  • John R. Cash, Columbia, 1974.
  • I Walk the Line, CBS, 1974.
  • Riding the Rails, CBS, 1975.
  • Childrens Album, CBS, 1975.
  • Look at Them Beans, Columbia, 1975.
  • I Forgot to Remember, Hallmark, 1975.
  • Spotlight on Johnny Cash, Sun, 1975.
  • Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories, Columbia, 1975.
  • Story of a Broken Heart, Hallmark, 1976.
  • Destination Victoria Station, CBS, 1976.
  • Making a Legend, Charly, 1976.
  • In Sweden, CBS, 1976.
  • Strawberry Cake, Columbia, 1976.
  • One Piece at a Time, Columbia, 1976.
  • Ballad of a Teenage Queen, Charly, 1976.
  • Last Gunfighter Ballad, Columbia, 1977.
  • Names & Places, Embassy, 1977.
  • The Rambler, Columbia, 1977.
  • The Unissued Johnny Cash, Bear Family, 1978.
  • I Would Like to See You Again, Columbia, 1978.
  • Gone Girl, CBS, 1978.
  • Johnny & June, Bear Family, 1978.
  • Silver, Columbia, 1979.
  • A Boy Named Sue, CBS, 1979.
  • Rockabilly Blues, Columbia, 1980.
  • I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hallmark, 1980.
  • A Believer Sings the Truth, CBS, 1980.
  • Encore, CBS, 1981.
  • The Baron, CBS, 1981.
  • A Free Man, CBS, 1981.
  • Inside a Swedish Prison, Bear Family, 1982.
  • Survivors, Razor & Tie, 1982.
  • Johnny 99, Columbia, 1983.
  • Tall Man, Bear Family, 1984.
  • Heroes, Razor & Tie, 1986.
  • Class of '55, American Recordings, 1986.
  • Interviews from the Class of '55 Recording Sessions, American Recordings,1986.
  • Believe in Him, 1986.
  • First Years, Allegiance, 1987.
  • I Walk the Line, Intertape, 1987.
  • Home of the Blues, Topline, 1987.
  • Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town, Mercury, 1987.
  • Hall of Fame, 1988.
  • Country Store, Masterpiece, 1988.
  • Legend, Prima, 1988.
  • Water from the Wells of Home, Mercury, 1988.
  • Born to Lose, Instant, 1989.
  • The Mystery of Life, Mercury, 1990.
  • Man in Black: 1954-1958, Bear Family, 1990.
  • Many Sides of Johnny Cash, CBS, 1991.
  • Classic Christmas, CBS, 1991.
  • Giant Hits, Sony Special, 1992.
  • American Recordings, American, 1994.
  • Back to Back, K-tel, 1994.
  • Unchained, American Recordings, 1996.
  • Live, Fat Boy, 1996.
  • American III: Solitary Man, 2000.
  • Singles include "Folsom Prison Blues," 1954; "Cry, Cry, Cry," Sun, 1955;"I Walk the Line," Sun, 1956; "Don't Take Your Guns to Town," Columbia, 1959;"Tennessee Flat Top Box," Columbia, 1961; "Ring of Fire," Columbia, 1963; "ABoy Named Sue," Columbia, 1969; "Sunday Morning Coming Down," Columbia, 1970; "Rockabilly Blues," Columbia, 1980; "Highwayman," Columbia, 1985; "Ballad of a Teenage Queen;" "Jackson;" "Pickin' Time;" "Daddy Sang Bass;" "All Over Again;" and "I Got Stripes."
  • Credits; Albums; Compilations
  • Vintage Years: 1955-1963, Rhino, 1987.
  • Classic Cash: Hall of Fame Series, Mercury, 1987.
  • Columbia Records, 1958-1986, Columbia, 1987.
  • The Sun Years, Rhino, 1990.
  • The Best of Johnny Cash, Curb, 1991.
  • The Man in Black: 1959-1962, Bear Family, 1991.
  • Come Along and Ride This Train, Bear Family, 1991.
  • The Essential Johnny Cash, 1955-1983, Columbia, 1992.
  • The Gospel Collection, Columbia, 1992.
  • Collection, Castle, 1992.
  • Wanted Man, Mercury, 1994.
  • Personal Christmas Collection, Columbia, 1994.
  • Super Hits, Columbia, 1994.
  • Get Rhythm: The Best of the Sun Years, Essential Gold, 1995.
  • Folsom Prison Blues, Charly, 1995.
  • Ring of Fire/Blood Sweat/Ballads of Indians ..., Sony, 1995.
  • Greatest Hits: Finest Performances, Sun, 1995.
  • Lonesome Me, Chicago Music, 1995.
  • Ultimate, Bransounds, 1995.
  • The Many Sides of Johnny Cash: 36 All-Time Greatest Hits, Sony, 1996.
  • The Man in Black: 1963-1969, Bear Family, 1996.
  • Johnny Cash Sings His Best, TeeVee, 1996.
  • Golden Hits, Intercontinent, 1996.
  • Hits, Polygram, 1997.
  • 18 Golden Hits, Galaxy, 1997.
  • I Walk the Line, Beacon, 1997.
  • Johnny Cash: Love, God, Murder, Columbia/Legacy, 2001.
  • Credits; Albums; Contributing Vocals
  • Bob Dylan, Nashville Skyline, 1969.
  • Kris Kristofferson, Singer/Songwriter, 1991.
  • Hank Williams, Best of Hank Williams, Jr., 1991.
  • U2, Zooropa, 1993.
  • Contributing vocals on numerous other albums.
  • Writings;Film
  • Composer, True West (documentary), Columbia, 1965.
  • Songwriter, Door-to-Door Maniac (also known as Five Minutes to Live), Sutton, 1966.
  • Composer, Fata Morgana, 1969.
  • Songwriter, Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music, 1969.
  • Composer, I Walk the Line, 1970.
  • Composer, Little Fauss and Big Halsy, 1970.
  • Songwriter, title song, A Gunfight, Paramount, 1971.
  • Scriptwriter (with Larry Murray) and songwriter, The Gospel Road, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973.
  • Songwriter, "It Comes and Goes," They All Laughed, 1981.
  • Songwriter, Desert Hearts, 1985.
  • Songwriter, "Don't Take Your Guns to Town," Blue City, 1986.
  • Songwriter, The Big Town, 1987.
  • Songwriter, Falling from Grace, 1992.
  • Songwriter, "Hey Porter," The Thing Called Love, 1993.
  • Writings;Television
  • Composer, The Pride of Jessie Hallam (movie), CBS, 1981.
  • Songwriter, "The Spirit of '76," "A Boston Pops Fourth with John Williamsand the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra" (special), Evening at Pops, PBS, 1987.
  • Songwriter, "I Walk the Line," Bastard Out of Carolina, Showtime, 1996.
  • Writings;Other
  • Songs of Johnny Cash, introduction by Christopher S. Wren, Dial (New YorkCity), 1970.
  • Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words, Zondervan (Grand Rapids, MI), 1975.
  • Man in White (novel), Harper (New York City), 1986.
  • (With others) Return to the Promised Land (musical), 1992.
  • (With Cindy Cash) The Cash Family Scrapbook, Crown, 1997.
  • (With Patrick Carr and Patricia Carr) Cash: An Autobiography, Harper SanFrancisco, 1997.

Further Reference

Books:

  • Cash, Johnny, Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words, Zondervan (Grand Rapids, MI), 1975.
  • Contemporary Authors, Volume 142, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1994.
  • Contemporary Musicians, Volume 1, Gale, 1989.
Periodicals:
  • Interview, December, 1996, p. 114.

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