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Thread #62870   Message #2557326
Posted By: GUEST
04-Feb-09 - 04:22 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Johnny Cash passes (1932-2003)
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."