Johnny Cash (country music legend)

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If somebody is missing American II, this is essentially the album Unchained, which is released between American Recordings and American III: Solitary Man.

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Legal name: J. R. Cash


Johnny "J.R." Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music, Rock and Roll and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

Cash was known for his deep, calm bass-baritone voice, the distinctive sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, a rebelliousness coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor, free prison concerts, and a trademark look, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black". He traditionally began his concerts with the simple "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash", followed by his signature "Folsom Prison Blues".

Much of Cash's music echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption, especially in the later stages of his career. His best-known songs included "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Get Rhythm" and "Man in Black". He also recorded humorous numbers like "One Piece at a Time" and "A Boy Named Sue"; a duet with his future wife, June Carter, called "Jackson" (followed by many further duets after their marriage); and railroad songs including "Hey, Porter" and "Rock Island Line". During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th century rock artists, most notably "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar Johnny Cash 3
1958 Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous Johnny Cash 3
1959 Greatest! Johnny Cash 2
1959 Songs of Our Soil Johnny Cash 3
1959 The Fabulous Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 3
1960 Sings Hank Williams Johnny Cash 4
1960 Now, There Was a Song! Johnny Cash 2
1960 Ride This Train Johnny Cash 2
1961 Now Here's Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 2
1961 The Lure of the Grand Canyon Johnny Cash 2
1962 The Sound of Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 1
1962 All Aboard the Blue Train Johnny Cash 2
1962 Hymns From the Heart Johnny Cash 1
1963 The Christmas Spirit Johnny Cash 2
1963 Blood, Sweat and Tears Johnny Cash 2
1964 I Walk the Line Johnny Cash 5
1964 Bitter Tears Johnny Cash 3
1964 Keep on the Sunny Side The Carter Family with special guest Johnny Cash 1
1964 The Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 3
1965 Mean as Hell Johnny Cash 1
1965 Orange Blossom Special Johnny Cash 4
1965 Sings the Ballads of the True West Johnny Cash 2
1966 Everybody Loves a Nut Johnny Cash 1
1966 Happiness Is You Johnny Cash 1
1967 Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash 2
1968 From Sea to Shining Sea Johnny Cash 2
1968 Old Golden Throat Johnny Cash 1
1969 The Holy Land Johnny Cash 1
1969 More of 'Old Golden Throat' Johnny Cash 1
1970 Hello I'm Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 1
1971 Man in Black Johnny Cash 1
1971 Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis Sing Hank Williams Johnny Cash / Jerry Lee Lewis 2
1972 A Thing Called Love Johnny Cash 1
1972 America Johnny Cash 2
1973 Any Old Wind That Blows Johnny Cash 1
1973 Johnny Cash and His Woman Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash 1
1974 Ragged Old Flag Johnny Cash 5 2
1974 The Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me Johnny Cash 2
1975 The Johnny Cash Children's Album Johnny Cash 2
1975 John R. Cash Johnny Cash 2
1975 Look at Them Beans Johnny Cash 1
1975 Destination Victoria Station Johnny Cash 1
1975 Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories Johnny Cash 2
1976 One Piece at a Time Johnny Cash 2
1977 The Last Gunfighter Ballad Johnny Cash 1
1977 The Rambler Johnny Cash 3
1978 Gone Girl Johnny Cash 2
1978 I Would Like to See You Again Johnny Cash 2
1979 A Believer Sings the Truth Johnny Cash 1
1979 Silver Johnny Cash 3

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