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Author:  Ron L.
E-mail:  ron.lyons@comcast.net
Date:  9/12/2003 2:24:20 PM
Subject:  Re: Remembering Johnny Cash
Message:  The 19 year old kid came to work in the early morning hours in the hills of North Carolina and put on a yellow record with a sun on it. It was by a new guy, Johhny Cash, and the song was "Guess Things Happen That Way"

The kid ends up coming to California and in-between were "I Walk the Line" and "Tennesse Flat Top Box".

In 1961, he's a rock jock in Sacramento playing "Orange Blossom Special", "Five Feet High And Rising" and "Ring Of Fire"(which he always tried to play after a Preperation H commercial).

Between The Beatles and The Beach Boys, his star fades a bit(although he records a classic version of "John Henry" in 1967 and he and June do "Jackson") until 69 into 1970, when "The Johnny Cash Show" becomes a hit and there are 2 songwriters hanging around named Kris and Mickey and one of them writes "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"

In the 70's and 80's he is transformed into the "Man in Black" and pursues and investigates the roots of his soul and records all types of songs for all kinds of people.

In the early 80's, "The Highwaymen" are formed with Johnny, Kris, Waylon, and Willie" and the hits just keep on comin'

Like the eternal wind on everlasting stone, Johnny Cash is slowly becoming a legend, sometimes bigger than life.

He continues to record everything from "The Baron" to Springsteen's "Highway patrol".

In 1990, he's signed by American Records which is mostly a heavy metal label and they pretty much leave him acoustic. This serves him well and allows him to continue even when he's ill.

There is a wonderful televised tribute in 1999 and he seems almost to come back from the dead.

His last CD inspires a haunting, award winning video called "Hurt" which is number one on MTV in the Spring of 2003, proving that true art cuts through all demographics.

His beloved dies which almost stops him in his tracks and eventually does.

There was a statement that said by anyone else about anyone else would be ludicrous but today seems so fitting.

Kris Kristofferson said: "Johnny Cash could be the father of our country."

 Remembering Johnny Cash by Roy at 9/12/2003 10:13:01 AM
 Re: Remembering Johnny Cash by Judy W.  at 9/12/2003 11:37:24 AM
 Re: Remembering Johnny Cash by Jonmark at 9/12/2003 11:49:25 AM
 Re: Remembering Johnny Cash by Ron L.  at 9/12/2003 2:24:20 PM
 Re: Remembering Johnny Cash by Doug Lang  at 9/12/2003 4:17:57 PM
 Re: Remembering Johnny Cash by y'know at 9/12/2003 6:16:18 PM
 Re: Remembering Johnny Cash by Ron L.  at 9/12/2003 6:21:05 PM
 Re: Remembering Johnny Cash by Larry larry  at 9/12/2003 2:50:07 PM
 Re: Remembering Johnny Cash by Lee F.  at 9/12/2003 7:14:29 PM
 Re: Remembering Johnny Cash by Mamie  at 9/12/2003 10:11:20 PM