Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight
Born to a poor family in Arkansas, singer Johnny Cash grew up in a farming community, working on cotton-fields from the age of five during the great depression.
His older brother, Jack, died in an industrial accident when the boys were 12 and 15; these early experiences of hardship would forever influence both Johnny’s musical and social sensibilities.
Known as The Man in Black for his onstage outfit, Cash had a string of hits in the 1950s and 60s, including Folsom Prison Blues, Walk the Line and Ring of Fire.
He famously played a series of free prison concerts, recording hit albums at both Folsom and San Quentin, and took up the cause of Native American Indians at a time when it was deemed taboo to do so.
In 1997, Cash was diagnosed with Shy-Drager syndrome, a neurodegenerative disease and was given 18 months to live. He kept working and performing up until a few months before his death, recording over 60 songs in the last four months of his life. He died less than four months after his wife, singer June Carter-Cash, in 2003.