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12 Sep 03 - 05:58 AM (#1017424)
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From: Banjer

I just heard on my local news channel that word was received that Johnny has gone to join June! His life was quite colorful and eventful. RIP Johnny!!

12 Sep 03 - 06:05 AM (#1017429)
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From: Watson

From BBC news...

12 Sep 03 - 06:05 AM (#1017430)
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From: GUEST,Jawbone

What a bloody bummer, I am really sad to hear that.

12 Sep 03 - 06:39 AM (#1017447)
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From: kendall

He was one of my favorites.

12 Sep 03 - 06:47 AM (#1017454)
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From: GUEST,Tweed

Sad, sad day... Hard wakin' up to news like this and starting the day with tears runnin' down your face. What a decent human being he was.

12 Sep 03 - 06:49 AM (#1017455)
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From: Little Robyn

But I reckon there'll be wonderful music in heaven tonight!
A great reunion.

12 Sep 03 - 07:00 AM (#1017465)
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From: catspaw49

You just knew it wouldn't be long after June died...... His contribution to the music world cannot be overstated.


12 Sep 03 - 07:27 AM (#1017475)
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From: Blues=Life

I hear that lonesome whistle, and hang my head and cry.

12 Sep 03 - 07:30 AM (#1017477)
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From: Banjer

The following is from one of the news site on my home page, rather lenghty but a very good writeup and tribute to the Man In Black! He was truly a champion of the working class!

Johnny Cash, a towering figure in American music spanning country, rock and folk and known worldwide as "The Man in Black," died Friday, his manager said. He was 71.

"Johnny died due to complications from diabetes, which resulted in respiratory failure," said Cash's manager, Lou Robin, in a press release issued by Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

The release said Cash died at the hospital at 1 a.m. EDT.

"I hope that friends and fans of Johnny will pray for the Cash family to find comfort during this very difficult time," Robin said in the release.

Cash had been released Wednesday after a two-week stay at Baptist, where he was admitted last month for an unspecified stomach ailment.

Cash had battled a disease of the nervous system, autonomic neuropathy, and pneumonia in recent years and was once diagnosed with a disease called Shy-Drager's syndrome, a diagnosis that was later deemed to be erroneous.

Dozens of hit records like "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," and "Sunday Morning Coming Down" defined Cash's persona: a haunted, dignified, resilient spokesman for the working man and downtrodden.

Cash's deeply lined face fit well with his unsteady voice, which was limited in range but used to great effect to sing about prisoners, heartaches, and tales of everyday life. He wrote much of his own material, and was among the first to record the songs of Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson.

"One Piece at a Time" was about an assembly line worker who built a car out of parts stolen from his factory. "A Boy Named Sue" was a comical story of a father who gives his son a girl's name to make him tough. "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" told of the drunken death of an American Indian soldier who helped raised the American flag at Iwo Jima during World War II, but returned to harsh racism in America.

Cash said in his 1997 autobiography "Cash" that he tried to speak for "voices that were ignored or even suppressed in the entertainment media, not to mention the political and educational establishments."

Cash's career spanned generations, with each finding something of value in his simple records, many of which used his trademark "boom-chicka-boom" rhythm.

Cash was a peer of Elvis Presley when rock 'n' roll was born in Memphis in the 1950s, and he scored hits like "Cry! Cry! Cry!" during that era. He had a longtime friendship and recorded with Dylan, who has cited Cash as a major influence.

He won 11 Grammys _ most recently in 2003, when "Give My Love To Rose" earned him honors as best male country vocal performance _ and numerous Country Music Association awards. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

His second wife, June Carter Cash, and daughter Roseanne Cash also were successful singers. June Carter Cash, who co-wrote Cash's hit "Ring of Fire" and partnered with her husband in hits such as "Jackson," died in May.

The late 1960s and '70s were Cash's peak commercial years, and he was host of his own ABC variety show from 1969-71. In later years, he was part of the Highwayman supergroup with Waylon Jennings , Willie Nelson and Kristofferson.

In the 1990s, he found a new artistic life recording with rap and hard rock producer Rick Rubin on the label American Recordings. And he was back on the charts in with the 2002 album "American IV: the Man Comes Around."

Most recently, Cash was recognized for his cover of the Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt" with seven nominations at last month's MTV Video Music Awards. He had hoped to attend the event but couldn't because of his hospital stay. The video won for best cinematography.

He also wrote books including two autobiographies, and acted in films and television shows.

In his 1971 hit "Man in Black," Cash said his black clothing symbolized the downtrodden people in the world. Cash had been "The Man in Black" since he joined the Grand Ole Opry at age 25.

"Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkle clothes and cowboy boots," he said in 1986. "I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I've worn black clothes ever since."

John R. Cash was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Ark., one of seven children. When he was 12, his 14-year-old brother and hero, Jack, died after an accident while sawing oak trees into fence posts. The tragedy had a lasting impact on Cash, and he later pointed to it as a possible reason his music was frequently melancholy.

He worked as a custodian and enlisted in the Air Force, learning guitar while stationed in Germany, before launching his music career after his 1954 discharge.

"All through the Air Force, I was so lonely for those three years," Cash told The Associated Press during a 1996 interview. "If I couldn't have sung all those old country songs, I don't think I could have made it."

Cash launched his career in Memphis, performing on radio station KWEM. He auditioned with Sun Records, ultimately recording the single "Hey Porter," which became a hit.

Sun Records also launched the careers of Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and others.

"Folsom Prison Blues," went to No. 4 on the country charts in 1956, and featured Cash's most famous couplet: "I shot a man in Reno/ just to watch him die."

Cash recorded theme albums celebrating the railroads and the Old West, and decrying the mistreatment of American Indians. Two of his most popular albums were recorded live at prisons. Along the way he notched 14 No. 1 country music hits.

Because of Cash's frequent performances in prisons and his rowdy lifestyle early in his career, many people wrongly thought he had served prison time. He never did, though he battled addictions to pills on and off throughout his life.

He blamed fame for his vulnerability to drug addiction.

"When I was a kid, I always knew I'd sing on the radio someday. I never thought about fame until it started happening to me," he said in 1988. "Then it was hard to handle. That's why I turned to pills."

He credited June Carter Cash, whom he married in 1968, with helping him stay off drugs, though he had several relapses over the years and was treated at the Betty Ford Center in California in 1984.

June Carter Cash was the daughter of country music great Mother Maybel le Carter, and the mother of singer Carlene Carter, whose father was country singer Carl Smith. Together, June Carter and Cash had one child, John Carter Cash. He is a musician and producer.

Singer Rosanne Cash is Johnny Cash's daughter from his first marriage, to Vivian Liberto. Their other three children were Kathleen, Cindy and Tara. They divorced in 1966.

In March 1998, Cash made headlines when his California-based record company, American Recordings, took out an advertisement in the music trade magazine Billboard. The full-page ad celebrated Cash's 1998 Grammy award for best country album for "Unchained." The ad showed an enraged-looking Cash in his younger years making an obscene gesture to sarcastically illustrate his thanks to country radio stations and "the country music establishment in Nashville," which he felt had unfairly cast him aside.

Jennings, a close friend, once said of Cash: "He's been like a brother to me. He's one of the greatest people in the world."

Cash once credited his mother, Carrie Rivers Cash, with encouraging him to pursue a singing career.

"My mother told me to keep on singing, and that kept me working through the cotton fields. She said God has his hand on you. You'll be singing for the world someday."

Cash lived in Hendersonville, Tenn., just outside of Nashville. He also had a home in Jamaica.
source: The Associated Press

12 Sep 03 - 07:50 AM (#1017486)
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From: Greycap

The first EP 45rpm record I ever bought was "Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams" - oh, dammit!!!

12 Sep 03 - 07:53 AM (#1017488)
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From: Cluin

Sad news today...

John R.'s gone, one more round, John R.'s gone.

Have to do a couple of his songs for him tonight.

12 Sep 03 - 08:02 AM (#1017496)
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From: Alba

Very Sad News Indeed.
I have nothing but Respect and Gratitude for His contribution to the world of Music.

12 Sep 03 - 08:08 AM (#1017501)
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From: Fiolar

Shame that he never did many movies. He was great in the 1971 "A Gunfight" with Kirk Douglas. Sad day but at least he is with June. RIP.

12 Sep 03 - 08:15 AM (#1017508)
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From: Rapparee

So I guess all them angels and saints got tired of God pretending to be Johnny Cash and decided to get the real article up there.

Johnny and June, together again!

12 Sep 03 - 08:22 AM (#1017510)
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From: GUEST,sorefingers

Seen the man on Larry King very recently. It is a sad day for music, Johnny will be missed.

12 Sep 03 - 08:22 AM (#1017511)
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From: Micca

Very sad news, and all condolences to his family
I was fortunate enough to see him Live here in London a coupla times and he was amazing ,live, once with the famous "Tennessee three" backing him Totally memorable. the other with June and the later line up in the 80S, slicker but great also.
The BBC Main lunchtime News have just done a tribute to him.. Man thats Real recognition, and no more than he deserves

12 Sep 03 - 08:22 AM (#1017513)
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From: Steve Latimer

This is a huge loss to the music world. He was an icon. RIP Johnny.

12 Sep 03 - 08:34 AM (#1017519)
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From: Janie

Needed to go on home to be with June I guess. Yeah--I can imagine that angel band! I saw him live only once, at the Grand Ol' Opry--it was a really priviledge.

Prayers for his family and friends.


12 Sep 03 - 08:44 AM (#1017527)
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From: Tiger

Terribly, terribly sad, but what a life! He hit all the peaks and valleys. I'm sure the last half of his life was most rewarding.

He's been so weak for quite a while, and I'm sure June's loss gave him little else to live for.

But John, you did it all. You've made a place in our hearts and minds that can't be taken, and the Lord has a chair waiting for you.
    The old will be young there forever,
    Transformed in a moment of time;
    Immortal we'll stand in His likeness,
    The stars and the sun to outshine.

12 Sep 03 - 08:48 AM (#1017528)
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From: alanabit

His death was no surprise and yet somehow I was never going to be quite ready for it. I always loathed the Grand Old Opry and all that manufactured country stuff - or so it appeared to me. Johnny Cash seemed to be both above and beyond all that. His final albums were full of warmth, unashamed emotional honesty and simple, unadorned craftsmanship. I wonder how many other country stars would have members of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers wanting to play on their albums? For me Johnny Cash was an icon of integrity - and I will miss him.

12 Sep 03 - 09:02 AM (#1017546)
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From: Amos

OH, Noooo.

Aw, SHIT!!

I hadn't heard he'd gone one. Damn! A world without Johnny Cash. Man, that reallly, really sucks!


12 Sep 03 - 09:07 AM (#1017554)
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I Just loved his music. What a huge loss he is, the greatest of all country music musicians, an American Idol and a fine human being. We shall not see his like again. I am very sad today.

12 Sep 03 - 09:12 AM (#1017556)
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From: Brían

Yeah, what Amos just said. However, the thought of Johnny & June being together really warms my heart. Johnny is an absolute giant in my mind. Thanks, Johnny.


12 Sep 03 - 09:50 AM (#1017575)
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From: GUEST,Arkie

He was a man whose music spoke to many generations. I bought his Sun recordings and his lps. My 18 year old son is now buying his CDs. His relavance has survived the ages and changes in the music world and he seemed to get better with every new challange. He is certainly one of the great ones.

12 Sep 03 - 09:54 AM (#1017580)
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From: GUEST,Kim C no cookie

Well, I am wearing all black today.

My brother had the Live at Folsom Prison album when I was little. I have fond memories of him teaching me the words to Folsom Prison Blues when I was all of about 5 years old. I still remember most of 'em.

One Piece at a Time is a favorite... and I always got a kick out of him and June singing Jackson.

12 Sep 03 - 09:56 AM (#1017582)
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From: GUEST,

Just wanted to say that I am very sorry to hear about the passing of one of my true musical heroes. Most of them are long since gone, and he was one of the few living heroes of mine. His records are eternally inspiring and I hope he rests easy knowing what he's done for this world. Thank you Mr. Cash.

12 Sep 03 - 10:02 AM (#1017589)
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From: MairSea

I am so sorry to hear that Johnny Cash has died. I remember one day in the '70s when I was late for work. The boss asked me why I was late and I told him that I had been talking with 'The Man in Black' - Johnny Cash outside the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow. He was so nice and so easy to talk to. The world will be a sadder place for his passing but thank God he has left behind some absolutely fantastic music.

There will be Peace in the Valley for Johnny and June XXX

12 Sep 03 - 01:28 PM (#1017606)
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From: katlaughing

And on the same day Tex Ritter's youngest child, actor and comedian, John Ritter, died, too. Did heaven really need both of them on the same day? What incredibly sad news...both of them people whom I greatly admired.

Gonna hang down my head and cry


12 Sep 03 - 01:31 PM (#1017607)
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From: Amergin

wow....not surprising since June died...but still a sad thing to see such a great man go...I grew up listening to his heart breaks for his family and friends....but is gladdened for him as he is now back with his lovely bride.

12 Sep 03 - 01:34 PM (#1017612)
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12 Sep 03 - 01:47 PM (#1017625)
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From: Peg

I loved listening to Johnny Cash as a child; we had a battered old 8-track tape of his greatest hits and I listened to it and sang along constantly. Especially "A Boy Named Sue."
yesterday I was in Starbucks and on the counter they had displayed a CD of "Johnny Cash's favorite music" which included songs by Gillian Welch and others. I did not make the connection; I wonder if it was a coincidence, since the news did not announce this until this morning?

12 Sep 03 - 01:55 PM (#1017634)
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From: M.Ted

Hard to find something to say that can properly say how important he was--

I grew up listening to country music as well rock'n'roll, and he was both. When the sixties and Vietnam came along, in a lot of people's minds, Rock went one way and country went the other--When Johnny took a stand on the war, suddenly it became OK for the under thirty crowd to play, listen and love that stuff again--

12 Sep 03 - 02:12 PM (#1017647)
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From: Tam the Bam (Nutter)

It's a sad day for Country music now Johnny Cash has died, That's him going to join the grand old orpy in Heaven along with those other great Country singers that are up there.

I'll miss him and his likes, there are very his like left.


12 Sep 03 - 02:50 PM (#1017685)
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From: GUEST,Martin Gibson

In June of 1968, I was in the Ryman Auditorium when he did an unannounced walk-on on the Grand Ole Opry. Utter chaos broke out as almost the whole main floor rushed the stage. Many flahsbulbs were going off. Tonight, I will be looking at my snap-shots of that most memorable event, reliving the awe of being 18 years old and in the precense of a legend, even back then.

Martin Gibson

12 Sep 03 - 03:36 PM (#1017722)
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From: Peter T.

"One" from his recent album American III: Solitary Man, was a new peak -- just put it on while typing. He was one, alright.


Peter T.

12 Sep 03 - 04:00 PM (#1017741)
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From: GUEST,Wolfgang

I'll play for you an old German song from before the war with the somewhat unlikely title for a German song:

Goodbye Johnny


12 Sep 03 - 04:19 PM (#1017753)
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From: C-flat

I actually liked the man, or what he represented, better than his music, although he probably saved the best until last.
A real working class hero who didn't get sucked up into the world of showbiz despite becoming an icon himself.
There hasn't been too many like him.

12 Sep 03 - 04:25 PM (#1017757)
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From: Willa

Sad news, and this piece from Banjer's post hit the mark for me -'Cash's career spanned generations, with each finding something of value in his simple records'. We and our three sons differ greatly in musical taste, but Johnny is our major point of agreement.

12 Sep 03 - 04:25 PM (#1017759)
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From: SDShad

Well, I don't have much to add to the many fine words already posted in this thread remembering a great man, and probably best I don't try too hard, as I'm sittin' here at my desk at work trying not to break down in tears from having read this thread. It's become such a cliche to say "his/her music touched so many lives," but by Ghu, in Johnny Cash's case it's true.

Damn, damn, damn.

Go in peace, Johnny. Give June all our love.


12 Sep 03 - 04:29 PM (#1017767)
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From: Clinton Hammond

Who dies? Everyone dies....

Well John... I guess I'll see ya down the road (likely when -I- fall into that burning ring of fire as well...)   You keep playin and singin eh!

I'll catch up

Tanks fer the great music!

12 Sep 03 - 04:37 PM (#1017775)
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From: Sandy Mc Lean

I was raised on the music of Hank Williams, Hank Snow, and Johnny Cash.
Now that they are all gone it is sad, but the Opry in Heaven will add another star to the line-up. I bet Luther will be doing those bass runs as in days of old at Sun.

12 Sep 03 - 04:39 PM (#1017780)
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From: open mike

2 radio shows on NPR featured interviews with johnny cash this morning. morning edition and fresh air-you can find info here:
NPR blicky

12 Sep 03 - 04:47 PM (#1017785)
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From: Beccy

Sad for us, glad for him. I look forward to the music in heaven.


12 Sep 03 - 05:03 PM (#1017801)
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From: Jeremiah McCaw

The following was posted on the "Maplepost" newsgroup by Mitch Podolak:

In the fall of 1969 when ABC's Johnny Cash show was about to go from summer replacement to full blast network show, Cash insisted that Pete Seeger be allowed to come on the show. It was a condition of his contract. It was in the the middle of the Vietnam era which coincidentily was not that long from the time of Joe McCarty and ABC had refused to allow Seeger, the "communist peacenik" on other shows. It was a great moment, Cash's summer show had been such a hit with the public that the network bureaucrats were caught between a rock and a hard place simply because they were driven by the love of lucre. If you read his book he says that he tried to speak for "voices that were ignored or suppressed in the entertainment media", to me this was well illustrated when he came out swinging for Pete.
I suppose that when June Carter Cash died a few months ago that I along with lots of other folks kind of worried that Johnny Cash might not be too far behind. In the next couple of days were gonna see and hear thousands of words and deep mourning from the folks in the country music world and well beyond, we'll probably even hear some piss ant right wing arsehole politician pining for the man in black, there is going to be an amazing outpouring of grief. This morning after hearing the news I am distraught as I'm sure many of you are and will be in the days to come.

In sync with the wizardry of his music, Cash was a standup human being who was unafraid to confront stupidity. I always thought that when Cash stood up for Pete, that he had stood up for the rest of us as well...

To which I added this:

As well, when performing at the White House, he was asked by Richard Nixon to do "Okie from Muskokee". Cash declined to do it on the grounds that it was too disrespectful to many Americans of good conscience, whether they were right or wrong.

He has been a most impressive human being, and I feel that the loss of this man truly does diminish us all.


12 Sep 03 - 05:25 PM (#1017815)
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From: GUEST,Tunesmith

I was first made aware of Johnny Cash when he appeared on one of Jack Good's rock shows in the late 50s. He sang " I've got Stripes", a song that was also part of Leadbelly's repetoire. I loved Johnny's Sun period and his early Columbia stuff. So many of the Sun's rock/country legends have now gone :- Elvis, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison - and of couse, Sam Phillips. Jerry Lee is the only member of the Million Dollar Quartet still with us - and he looks very fragile these days.

12 Sep 03 - 05:27 PM (#1017817)
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From: GUEST,Martin Gibson

Actually, Cash was supposed to be a good friend of Richard Nixon as he was with Billy Graham. Common sense says that he didn't do Okie from Muskokie because it wasn't his song, it was Merle Haggard's and he probably didn't want to make Nixon look like a jerk for asking him to sing it. Part of Cash's genius was his ability to appeal to "piss anters" as you call them, of both the right wing and left wing persuasion.

By name calling such as "piss ant right wing arsehole politician" you lower yourself to no more than a Sean Hannity type of mentality.

Martin Gibson
Country Music Historian
Political Moderate

12 Sep 03 - 05:37 PM (#1017821)
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From: GUEST,Ron Olesko

You know, I was just about to post a note commenting on how interesting it is to see all these posts about Johnny Cash and how there are no "trolls" that use these affectionate notes to cram their political views. Oh well.

I always loved Johnny Cash and I will miss him. Not only did he stand up for Pete Seeger, but he also made a stand for Bob Dylan in the early days at Columbia. Dylan never forgot that, and it is interesting that Cash's show was the only "major" show that Dylan appeared on in the 60's.

I was listening to a CD of Johnny recorded at Madison Square Garden in 1969. He spoke about the Vietnam War and how he went to Vietnam to perform for the troops. Somebody asked him if that made him a hawk and he replied, no it does not. After talking and meeting with all the wounded solidiers and seeing the war first hand, it made him a "dove with claws" that wanted to end the war and bring them home. He then sang Ed McCurdy's "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream".

Cash recorded numerous "folk" songs - traditional tunes, gospel tunes, and songs from writers like Peter LaFarge, Ed McCurdy, Dylan and others.

He will be missed. Thank you Johnny!

Ron Olesko

12 Sep 03 - 05:38 PM (#1017825)
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From: Mark Ross

I'm glad to see that someone posted Mitch Podolak's thoughts on the subject. As are all of us, Cash was not a one-dimensional human being, he had good & bad as part of his makeup. 30 years ago he asked Utah Phillips if he could record some of his railroad songs(I believe)and Phillips asked him not to. Utah didn't want his money coming from the Industry. Cash, who could have recorded the songs anyway, honored the request. That would make him a stand up guy in my book. Also, his recording of Peter LaFarge's songs was a matter of principle. Despite opposition from his label he cut THE BALLAD OF IRA HAYES as well as other songs presenting the plight of Native Americans, not caring if the industry got behind him or not.

Mark Ross

12 Sep 03 - 05:41 PM (#1017828)
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From: GUEST,Ron Olesko

... and it should be noted Mark that Cash made "Ballad of Ira Hayes" a hit in 1964. May not have reached #1, but it sure got the song out there.

12 Sep 03 - 05:42 PM (#1017829)
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From: CET

I'm surprised the obituary quoted earlier mentioned his "uncertain voice" and "limited range", as if he had succeeded inspite of his undistinguished voice(like Bob Dylan, in my opinion). I think of Johnny Cash above all as a great singer. True, he didn't have the greatest range in the world, but at his best his voice was resonant, powerful and effortless. The tone was rich and virile, never ugly. Also, I've never heard a country singer that had more artistry in the way he used his voice and put his songs across. Listen to The Man Comes Around. Even when most of his power was gone he could still pull off Danny Boy. I don't like that song, but it is very difficult to sing, and you have to marvel at Johnny's skill.


12 Sep 03 - 05:58 PM (#1017841)
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From: katlaughing

I am sorry I didn't get this up, earlier. It is a farewell song by Johnny called "September."I think it is Roseanne singing at a concert in Portland with Johnny's part dubbed into the concert, if I remember correctly. I'll check with my friend and find out. It is doubly poignant for its name and his passing in this month of early autumn. Listen to the words, they are beautiful, as is the singing...

Johnny sings:

I plan to crawl outside these walls, close my eyes and see
And fall into the hearts and arms of those who wait for me...
I cannot move a mountain now, I can no longer run
I cannot be who I was then, in a way I never was.

When the shadows lengthen and burn away the past
They will fly me like an angel to a place where I can rest.
When this begins, I'll let you in...September when it comes.


12 Sep 03 - 06:01 PM (#1017846)
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From: GUEST,Martin Gibson

Politics and music go together.

Johnny Cash was completely in the middle of it. I loved his music also, but acknowledge the fact that there are definately some who really hated it.

Funny how some are referred to as trolls when their own agenda is challenged.

12 Sep 03 - 09:09 PM (#1017928)
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From: NicoleC


12 Sep 03 - 09:23 PM (#1017930)
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From: Art Thieme

Since Johnny Cash passed away this morning, I brought back the thread on CHICAGO FOLK CLUB TALES since it contains one I put there about Mr. Cash.

Art Thieme

12 Sep 03 - 09:37 PM (#1017932)
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From: GUEST,AR282

Man, I remember hearing "Walkin' the Blues" and "Tennessee Flat Top Box" years ago and driving down a deserted dirt road heavily wooded and Johnny's on NPR singing about taking a car home piece by piece. I remember him from my early boyhood with his television program. I remember listening to "Ring of Fire" after I saw lyrics in Zap Comix--the Checkered Demon. My southern neighbor used to play his music all the time when I was like 6 or 7. I dug what he was doing even then.

Man, he's tough to lose.

12 Sep 03 - 09:44 PM (#1017936)
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From: Bert

Awshit, bugger, bugger, bugger. Bye

12 Sep 03 - 10:07 PM (#1017943)
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From: open mike

kat thanks for the september sound byte..
it stopped on the word shadows...
which is guess is appropriate...
sweet, sweet shadows...

12 Sep 03 - 11:08 PM (#1017968)
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From: Little Hawk

Johnny Cash was one of the all-time Greats. He was for real. I figured he was going to go soon, so I can't say I'm surprised, but I don't believe anyone truly dies...they just move on to a different stage and role. Still, the man we knew as "Johnny Cash" won't be seen again, and he will surely be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Sing on, Johnny. You live in our hearts and memories.

I wonder sometimes if I will outlive all those I have been most inspired by? Probably not, because new ones keep coming along now and then.

- LH

12 Sep 03 - 11:22 PM (#1017971)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Lyrical Lady

Back in my high school days, (30 odd years ago) all my friends were listening to Led Zeplin, the Doors, The Rolling Stones etc...but not me ... I was sooo into Johnny Cash. I was telling my daughter today,she's 19, that Johnny had died. I half expected her to say "Johnny who?" but to my surprize she said .."That's really too bad, i just bought his latest CD. I just love his music"

He will live forever through his music.


12 Sep 03 - 11:33 PM (#1017978)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: katlaughing

open mike, you're welcome, but I am sorry it stopped part way through. I had uploaded the whole song and it plays fine for me. Any of the rest of you had a problem with it?

My son and I had a nice visit about Johnny, today. He has always loved his music, too, and was very sorry to hear of his passing.

13 Sep 03 - 07:02 AM (#1018090)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Big Tim

"I don't dance, I don't tell funny stories, I don't wear tight pants...but I know a thousand songs". Johnny Cash.

13 Sep 03 - 09:39 AM (#1018109)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Hollowfox

With his various infirmities, I prefer to think he's stopped hurting.

And as that other tall southern gentleman with the deep voice said,

"Johnny Cash..the one man who could get a generation of rednecks to wear lace."--Gamble Rogers

13 Sep 03 - 11:11 AM (#1018137)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: freightdawg

Like so many others I grew up listening to Johnny Cash and was greatly saddened to hear of his passing. I guess the music we listen to when we are 10 years old or so has the greatest impact on our lives. I remember listening to the young Johnny Cash along with the young Waylon Jennings. They (among others) formed my view of what country music should be. I do not think Waylon stayed with style or quality of his early work, but you could listen to Johnny Cash at any stage of his career and the music and lyrics were so similar - aged perhaps in the way a fine wine ages, but always similar. Something else that Johnny Cash introduced to us was the Statler Bros., a group he heard and chose for his warm up act. They went on to record a tremendous song in honor of Johnny "We Got Paid By Cash."

One thing that bums me about all the tributes (except this site) is that so much of Johnny's other work is forgotten. It's true he was a voice for the downtrodden, but he also had some really quirky, funny work. One album that has just about disappeared from the face of the earth is "Everybody Loves A Nut" with a song of the same name. I can't find it anywhere and have looked for years. If memory serves me correctly there was also a little give and take with Waylon Jennings where they sing about stepping out with each other's woman. The song is virtually the same, just each other's name is switched depending on who was singing. I have Waylon Jenning's version, but can't find the one where John sings.

Anyway, a true master is gone, but the legend will live on. The circle will never be broken.

13 Sep 03 - 11:32 AM (#1018143)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Gern

It's like hearing that a redwood tree has fallen... Johnny was the first country singer I liked, and will always be my favorite. As a songwriter, he was simple and matchless. He was absolutely his own man and carried himself with a powerful grace. It won't be the same without him.

13 Sep 03 - 12:01 PM (#1018156)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Bill D

thanks for the song, Bert says a lot...

what is really amazing is how Johnny pulled himself up by his bootstraps after hitting bottom in the 60s on drugs...and became the guy we are praising today! He could so easily have become another Hank Williams. We are fortunate he had the strength to quit and just BE Johnny Cash.

He starred in a couple of made for TV movies about a man who tried for years to hide his inability to read, which I understand was pretty close to autobiographical.

13 Sep 03 - 12:06 PM (#1018158)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: catspaw49

Speaking of others he liked, there is an excellent section of the documentary The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (done by Ramblin' Jack's daughter) that includes Johnny Cash and an appearance on his show. The docu isn't bad in total but the Cash section and a few others make it well worth watching.


13 Sep 03 - 12:09 PM (#1018160)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes

Please let me mention my two favorite Cash performances:

"Girl From The North Country", a duet with Dylan done with no glitz, just two voices and two guitars, (I think from BD's guest appearance on JC's TV show eons ago). Actually may have been BD's best moment, besides.

Kristopherson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" (also recorded from a live performance, I believe).

Imagine for a moment that you had a tiny recording operation in the
50's, in the deep South, and in walked Cash, Presley and J L Lewis.

13 Sep 03 - 01:26 PM (#1018187)
Subject: RE: Chicago Club Tales thread for J.Cash tale
From: Amos


Although your story on Johnny was only thinly disguised I am glad you finally got the thinly disguised part out. Great story, too!


13 Sep 03 - 02:52 PM (#1018218)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: wilbyhillbilly

Thank you katlaughing for sharing "September". I have just listened to it and it is a fitting tribute to the "man in black".

I am now wiping away the tears.

RIP Johnny Cash, we love you.

13 Sep 03 - 03:21 PM (#1018235)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: fat B****rd

A great artist and a great interpreter of contemporary material. Warren last week now The Man In Black. RIP Mr. Cash.

13 Sep 03 - 03:31 PM (#1018240)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Amergin

Thanks katdarlin for the song September When it Comes...hearing it now brings chills down my spine....alsmot as if he waited for September to go back to those he loves...

13 Sep 03 - 09:46 PM (#1018400)
From: pattyClink

Words and music by Johnny Cash
As recorded by Johnny Cash on "American Recordings" (1994)

I don't want no aggravation
When my train has left the station.
If you're there or not, I may not even know.
Have a round and remember
Things we did that weren't so tender.
Let the train blow the whistle when I go.

On my old guitar sell tickets
So someone can fin'lly pick it,
And tell the girls down at the ritz I said hello.
Tell the gossipers and liars
I will see them in the fire.
Let the train blow the whistle when I go.

CHORUS: Let 'er blow; let 'er blow
Long an' loud and hard an' happy; let 'er blow.
No regrets; all my debts will be paid when I get laid.
Let 'er blow; let 'er blow; let 'er blow.

You'll be left without excuses
For the evils and abuses
Down to the day from years and years ago.
And have yourself another toke
From my basket full of smoke
And let the train blow the whistle when I go. CHORUS

Let 'er blow; let 'er blow; let 'er blow.

13 Sep 03 - 10:19 PM (#1018408)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Luckyforward

Good Bye Johnny and God Speed. Thanks for everything.


13 Sep 03 - 11:41 PM (#1018435)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,Dale

Uncredited Editorial in the ADG. It'll be gone in a few hours, so I'm saving it here.

AN EDITORIAL : Johnny Cash
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2003

JUNE CARTER wasn't here any more, so there really wasn't much point in his sticking around much longer, was there? Truth to tell, which was Johnny Cash's way, he really wasn't that much of a singer, and while he could play that thing, nobody would call him a guitar virtuoso, either. His instrument was really himself, or rather us. We were his soundbox, the string he plucked. What he was, in a peculiar popular way, was a writer, with his predictable rhymes and meters and all, so that even those who might turn up the corner of their mouths when they thought of his songs would find themselves recognizing the very first note of a Johnny Cash song and slipping into... not reverie but reality. And their feet would start tapping. He was a storyteller; lots of singers are. But the story this one told was ours, again and again, just in different ways. His soil was our soil, however differently we'd grown in it, and wherever we would finally be buried in it. What he sang wasn't the songs but the prison bars and amphetamines and black clothes and tumbledown churches and unpaved roads and drab funerals without a point and cotton fields that needed weeding and bits of yesterday's paper swirling down a dirty street. His whiskery voice had the sound of railroad tracks rumbling with something afar off, and eternal vows that would last the night. The man himself stood behind his songs—his cocksure humility, that momentary pause while he took you in and before he'd say anything and so commit himself. It all came through even in the bad songs. He himself was the warrant for what he sang.

Our favorite was his very first song, which we couldn't shake no matter how much we despised ourselves for not being able to: Hey Porter. Maybe because it was about railroads and Dixie and coming home, always popular winners, but mainly because it was about returning, like Jacob, to a place that was holy but we knew it not. It had the sound of the Jubilee Year about it. Even that long ago he could come as close to soul as any white boy could. There was nothing quite like the feeling Hey Porter stirred, especially if you first heard it up North.

Well, John, you can get off the train now. You're home. In the real Dixie. Maybe it's the gospel strain in that first of his songs, but we have a feeling he's just started to live. Under all the ordinary despair he sang, there was always that deep, deep chord of hope. Else he couldn't have sung us the way he did.

14 Sep 03 - 05:18 AM (#1018515)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: MBSLynne

I've always loathed country music with the exception of Johnny Cash and one or two others. His voice was so earthy and somehow comforting. I'm very sad.

14 Sep 03 - 10:51 AM (#1018599)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: JJ

Now will someone please release the 1963 film"Hootennany Hoot" on home video? It's a terrible movie, but it has some great music, including an iconic Johnny Cash.

14 Sep 03 - 11:59 AM (#1018631)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Peter T.

Beautiful piece of writing, that editorial.


Peter T.

14 Sep 03 - 12:30 PM (#1018654)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: bet

As I read through all the postings I find that you have made my plans for a day with Johnny Cash much easier to organize. My students are not old enough (kindergarten thru 4th)to understand all that Johnny Cash meant to the music world but I would be greatly amiss if I didn't present a lesson on him and his contributions that we all have found.I will continue to enjoy his music and look up to the "man in black". bet

14 Sep 03 - 06:45 PM (#1018871)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

I just got home from a weekend arts conference and read about this in the paper. Now I understand why folks requested Long Black Veil at the Friday night singaround!

14 Sep 03 - 07:48 PM (#1018917)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,An saddened observer...

Johnny Cash was probably one of America's greatest musical treasures, and his absolutely no-nonsense performing style carved him a niche all his own. Who else could have been such close friends with a man like Roy Orbison, so private, shy and elusive, and have the room in his heart and his band for an aging, yet still totally smokin' Carl Perkins in his late 60's-era live band? Johnny Cash was and always will be totally unique. I have heard many singers attempt to do justice to his signature bass singing and bluesy inflections, but no one ever will come close. EVER.

He got freed from "this prison" and he "moved it on a little farther down the line" as he always said he would. (Folsom Prison Blues)

I will be blessed to see a Christian brother like John R. Cash in the new Kingdom of God one day.

An saddened observer

15 Sep 03 - 01:18 AM (#1019044)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes

The best tribute I can think of for the man is his influence on a certain budding young guitarist who was definitely not into country music but couldn't resist learning "Folsom Prison Blues." That song, and the "windmill" thing Pete Townsend used to do, was about the extent of his repertoire back then. About the extent of his repertoire now, except the windmill thing has long since fallen by the wayside. Johnny may be gone, and this guitarist may still not be all that into country music, but "Folsom Prison Blues" will never cease to be a part of his repertoire, and, as long as somebody somewhere is learning and playing a Johnny Cash tune, the man will live on forever. Peace.

18 Sep 03 - 10:59 AM (#1021442)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Stilly River Sage

Nice story in the Guardian:


Alone with the Man in Black

I went to do an interview with Johnny Cash - he so moved me that I gave up my job and became a novelist

Louisa Young
Wednesday September 17, 2003

So there I was, sitting in Johnny Cash's front room in Hendersonville, Tennessee, about 10 or 12 years ago. He'd been with journalists most of the day and I was the last. A couple, I knew from chatting to them, were hacks with less than no interest in country music. I was worse - I was a fan.

He's looking a little tired, and a little fed up, in a polite way. The room is dim, lots of furniture, glass-fronted cabinets full of June's crystal and cut-glass collection.

"So," I say, "Are you still the Man in Black? Can you tell me why?"

He goes into the stock answer: quoting the song lyrics, about wearing black for the poor and the beaten down. But I know all that - I'm wondering if that's still how he feels, 30 years later. "I mean, are you still doing it?" I ask. "For the same reasons?"

"Now?" he says gently. There's a wry look in his eye. "Now more than ever... "

We get to talking about the evils of the world. I mention a song he recorded: Here Comes That Rainbow Again, by Kris Kristofferson. It's a small drama. A pair of Okie kids, a waitress and some truckers are in a roadside cafe. The kids ask: how much are the candies? "How much have you got?" the waitress replies. "We've only a penny between us". "Them's two for a penny," she lies.

A trucker notices. "Them candies ain't two for a penny," he says, and "So what's it to you?' she replied. Then when the truckers leave "She called 'Hey, you left too much money!' 'So what's it to you?' they replied."

It sounds hokey - but it's not, not the way Cash sang it, and certainly not in its first incarnation - the song is based on an intensely touching scene from Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.

I mention this.

"You know that book?" he says, his face lighting up.

"I love that book," I say. "And you know that book!" Why am I surprised that Johnny Cash has read Steinbeck?

"Know that book?" he says. "I was that book." He smiles at me. It's kind of like being smiled at by Monument Valley, or the Hoover Dam. He pronounces it "Grapesawrath", like Rose of Sharon is pronounced Rosasharn.

the rest is at the link above

18 Sep 03 - 04:49 PM (#1021690)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: wysiwyg

Saturday night at church we'll use his wonderful song, 'Wings In The Morning.' I think he's flying around on 'em now.


You can hear it at RECORD LADY, using the artist and song indexes to find and download the sound file. (And please, support the Record Lady site if you can!)


20 Sep 03 - 03:45 PM (#1022254)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Big Tim

"If the Grand Canyon could sing it would sound like Johnny Cash" - Charles Shaar Murray, English journalist.

04 Feb 09 - 02:21 PM (#2557233)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: frogprince

I just followed a link from another thread to gospel songs on Youtube, and then stumbled unto this.. Listen to the first couple of verses, first solo by Johnny and then by June, and tell me you don't feel something run up your spine.

04 Feb 09 - 04:02 PM (#2557314)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Beer

That is heavy Dean. Thanks for sharing.

04 Feb 09 - 04:22 PM (#2557326)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes

I will never forget the first time I ever heard a Johnny Cash song. I was in the cafeteria at my high school in the late 1950's. "I Walk the Line" was played by someone. It was such a simple melody, but somehow visceral and a bit haunting, with that rumbling voice and guitar bass line thumping along. I was not an unabashed fan until much later, when I re-examined his body of work in the 1980's. Whatever else he was, his music was honest and true to his roots. I grew up with a lot of dust bowl refugees in the 1940's and 1950's. He spoke for them. He was THEIR "man in black."

04 Feb 09 - 04:31 PM (#2557331)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: mkebenn

Oh my...Mike

04 Feb 09 - 05:38 PM (#2557375)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: topical tom

Undoubtedly one of the greatest duets of all time and each terrific in his and her own right.We miss you terribly, Johnny and June. RIP.

13 Sep 10 - 08:54 PM (#2986200)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes 12 September 2003
From: maple_leaf_boy

It's been seven years since Johnny and June passed. Seven years yesterday Johnny died. Time sure goes fast.

13 Sep 10 - 09:39 PM (#2986226)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes 12 September 2003
From: Ebbie

It sure does. I would probably have guessed four years ago.

One of his later songs is one I love especially. I don't sing it but a friend of mine does.

I'm like a soldier getting over the war:

The reward for my victory was you.


13 Sep 10 - 09:59 PM (#2986234)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes 12 September 2003
From: Beer

Sadly missed but not forgotten.

14 Sep 10 - 10:05 AM (#2986565)
Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes 12 September 2003
From: GUEST,zalby57

Fantastic 6 hour broadcast on SKY Arts the other night San Quentin, Anthology, A Half Mile Each Day, American 1V , Live @ Montreaux, and Gospel songs absolutely memorable