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Thread #90789   Message #1797133
Posted By: Slag
30-Jul-06 - 04:36 PM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Ok. Here'e my two cents worth. When I was in the second grade I contracted San Juaquin Valley Fever and was out of school for about a half year. My folks bought for me my first record. It was a 78 RPM, "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash. B side was the "Get a Rhythm". I about wore the thing out. It was Cash's unique voice that made him an "icon". It was always teetering on the edge of being out of tune (or "in-tune" as the case may be), deep, lonesome, kind of parlando or maybe not, but he could convey emotion with a conviction like no other.

A footnote: I had an uncle who was a Southern Baptist minister during this time who had a little church in Ventura Co. CA where Mr. Cash's mother was in attendence. My uncle said that every once in a while Johnny would slip into church during the service and then leave before the end. Some in my family attached a moral conclusion to his actions but in reality it was to avoid any disruption due to his rising celebrity status.