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Obit: Johnny Cash passes (1932-2003)

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A GIRL NAMED JOHNNY CASH
COME IN STRANGER
COUNTY LINE
DADDY SANG BASS
DELIA'S GONE
DON'T TAKE YOUR GUNS TO TOWN
FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
ONE PIECE AT A TIME
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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Beccy
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 04:47 PM

Sad for us, glad for him. I look forward to the music in heaven.

Beccy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: open mike
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 04:39 PM

2 radio shows on NPR featured interviews with johnny cash this morning. morning edition and fresh air-you can find info here:
NPR blicky


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 04:37 PM

I was raised on the music of Hank Williams, Hank Snow, and Johnny Cash.
Now that they are all gone it is sad, but the Opry in Heaven will add another star to the line-up. I bet Luther will be doing those bass runs as in days of old at Sun.
         Sandy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 04:29 PM

Who dies? Everyone dies....

Well John... I guess I'll see ya down the road (likely when -I- fall into that burning ring of fire as well...)   You keep playin and singin eh!

I'll catch up

Tanks fer the great music!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: SDShad
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 04:25 PM

Well, I don't have much to add to the many fine words already posted in this thread remembering a great man, and probably best I don't try too hard, as I'm sittin' here at my desk at work trying not to break down in tears from having read this thread. It's become such a cliche to say "his/her music touched so many lives," but by Ghu, in Johnny Cash's case it's true.

Damn, damn, damn.

Go in peace, Johnny. Give June all our love.

Shad


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Willa
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 04:25 PM

Sad news, and this piece from Banjer's post hit the mark for me -'Cash's career spanned generations, with each finding something of value in his simple records'. We and our three sons differ greatly in musical taste, but Johnny is our major point of agreement.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: C-flat
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 04:19 PM

I actually liked the man, or what he represented, better than his music, although he probably saved the best until last.
A real working class hero who didn't get sucked up into the world of showbiz despite becoming an icon himself.
There hasn't been too many like him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,Wolfgang
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 04:00 PM

I'll play for you an old German song from before the war with the somewhat unlikely title for a German song:

Goodbye Johnny

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Peter T.
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 03:36 PM

"One" from his recent album American III: Solitary Man, was a new peak -- just put it on while typing. He was one, alright.

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 02:50 PM

In June of 1968, I was in the Ryman Auditorium when he did an unannounced walk-on on the Grand Ole Opry. Utter chaos broke out as almost the whole main floor rushed the stage. Many flahsbulbs were going off. Tonight, I will be looking at my snap-shots of that most memorable event, reliving the awe of being 18 years old and in the precense of a legend, even back then.

Martin Gibson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Tam the Bam (Nutter)
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 02:12 PM

It's a sad day for Country music now Johnny Cash has died, That's him going to join the grand old orpy in Heaven along with those other great Country singers that are up there.

I'll miss him and his likes, there are very his like left.

Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: M.Ted
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 01:55 PM

Hard to find something to say that can properly say how important he was--

I grew up listening to country music as well rock'n'roll, and he was both. When the sixties and Vietnam came along, in a lot of people's minds, Rock went one way and country went the other--When Johnny took a stand on the war, suddenly it became OK for the under thirty crowd to play, listen and love that stuff again--


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Peg
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 01:47 PM

I loved listening to Johnny Cash as a child; we had a battered old 8-track tape of his greatest hits and I listened to it and sang along constantly. Especially "A Boy Named Sue."
yesterday I was in Starbucks and on the counter they had displayed a CD of "Johnny Cash's favorite music" which included songs by Gillian Welch and others. I did not make the connection; I wonder if it was a coincidence, since the news did not announce this until this morning?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,MKEBENN@WORK
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 01:34 PM


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Amergin
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 01:31 PM

wow....not surprising since June died...but still a sad thing to see such a great man go...I grew up listening to his songs...my heart breaks for his family and friends....but is gladdened for him as he is now back with his lovely bride.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 01:28 PM

And on the same day Tex Ritter's youngest child, actor and comedian, John Ritter, died, too. Did heaven really need both of them on the same day? What incredibly sad news...both of them people whom I greatly admired.

Gonna hang down my head and cry

kat


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: MairSea
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 10:02 AM

I am so sorry to hear that Johnny Cash has died. I remember one day in the '70s when I was late for work. The boss asked me why I was late and I told him that I had been talking with 'The Man in Black' - Johnny Cash outside the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow. He was so nice and so easy to talk to. The world will be a sadder place for his passing but thank God he has left behind some absolutely fantastic music.

There will be Peace in the Valley for Johnny and June XXX


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,stumd3@hotmail.com
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 09:56 AM

Just wanted to say that I am very sorry to hear about the passing of one of my true musical heroes. Most of them are long since gone, and he was one of the few living heroes of mine. His records are eternally inspiring and I hope he rests easy knowing what he's done for this world. Thank you Mr. Cash.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,Kim C no cookie
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 09:54 AM

Well, I am wearing all black today.

My brother had the Live at Folsom Prison album when I was little. I have fond memories of him teaching me the words to Folsom Prison Blues when I was all of about 5 years old. I still remember most of 'em.

One Piece at a Time is a favorite... and I always got a kick out of him and June singing Jackson.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 09:50 AM

He was a man whose music spoke to many generations. I bought his Sun recordings and his lps. My 18 year old son is now buying his CDs. His relavance has survived the ages and changes in the music world and he seemed to get better with every new challange. He is certainly one of the great ones.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Brían
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 09:12 AM

Yeah, what Amos just said. However, the thought of Johnny & June being together really warms my heart. Johnny is an absolute giant in my mind. Thanks, Johnny.

Brían


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 09:07 AM

I Just loved his music. What a huge loss he is, the greatest of all country music musicians, an American Idol and a fine human being. We shall not see his like again. I am very sad today.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Amos
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 09:02 AM

OH, Noooo.

Aw, SHIT!!

I hadn't heard he'd gone one. Damn! A world without Johnny Cash. Man, that reallly, really sucks!


A


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: alanabit
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 08:48 AM

His death was no surprise and yet somehow I was never going to be quite ready for it. I always loathed the Grand Old Opry and all that manufactured country stuff - or so it appeared to me. Johnny Cash seemed to be both above and beyond all that. His final albums were full of warmth, unashamed emotional honesty and simple, unadorned craftsmanship. I wonder how many other country stars would have members of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers wanting to play on their albums? For me Johnny Cash was an icon of integrity - and I will miss him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Tiger
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 08:44 AM

Terribly, terribly sad, but what a life! He hit all the peaks and valleys. I'm sure the last half of his life was most rewarding.

He's been so weak for quite a while, and I'm sure June's loss gave him little else to live for.

But John, you did it all. You've made a place in our hearts and minds that can't be taken, and the Lord has a chair waiting for you.
    The old will be young there forever,
    Transformed in a moment of time;
    Immortal we'll stand in His likeness,
    The stars and the sun to outshine.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Janie
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 08:34 AM

Needed to go on home to be with June I guess. Yeah--I can imagine that angel band! I saw him live only once, at the Grand Ol' Opry--it was a really priviledge.

Prayers for his family and friends.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 08:22 AM

This is a huge loss to the music world. He was an icon. RIP Johnny.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Micca
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 08:22 AM

Very sad news, and all condolences to his family
I was fortunate enough to see him Live here in London a coupla times and he was amazing ,live, once with the famous "Tennessee three" backing him Totally memorable. the other with June and the later line up in the 80S, slicker but great also.
The BBC Main lunchtime News have just done a tribute to him.. Man thats Real recognition, and no more than he deserves


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,sorefingers
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 08:22 AM

Seen the man on Larry King very recently. It is a sad day for music, Johnny will be missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 08:15 AM

So I guess all them angels and saints got tired of God pretending to be Johnny Cash and decided to get the real article up there.

Johnny and June, together again!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Fiolar
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 08:08 AM

Shame that he never did many movies. He was great in the 1971 "A Gunfight" with Kirk Douglas. Sad day but at least he is with June. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Alba
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 08:02 AM

Very Sad News Indeed.
I have nothing but Respect and Gratitude for His contribution to the world of Music.
JD


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Cluin
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 07:53 AM

Sad news today...

John R.'s gone, one more round, John R.'s gone.

Have to do a couple of his songs for him tonight.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Greycap
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 07:50 AM

The first EP 45rpm record I ever bought was "Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams" - oh, dammit!!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Banjer
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 07:30 AM

The following is from one of the news site on my home page, rather lenghty but a very good writeup and tribute to the Man In Black! He was truly a champion of the working class!

Johnny Cash, a towering figure in American music spanning country, rock and folk and known worldwide as "The Man in Black," died Friday, his manager said. He was 71.

"Johnny died due to complications from diabetes, which resulted in respiratory failure," said Cash's manager, Lou Robin, in a press release issued by Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

The release said Cash died at the hospital at 1 a.m. EDT.

"I hope that friends and fans of Johnny will pray for the Cash family to find comfort during this very difficult time," Robin said in the release.

Cash had been released Wednesday after a two-week stay at Baptist, where he was admitted last month for an unspecified stomach ailment.

Cash had battled a disease of the nervous system, autonomic neuropathy, and pneumonia in recent years and was once diagnosed with a disease called Shy-Drager's syndrome, a diagnosis that was later deemed to be erroneous.

Dozens of hit records like "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," and "Sunday Morning Coming Down" defined Cash's persona: a haunted, dignified, resilient spokesman for the working man and downtrodden.

Cash's deeply lined face fit well with his unsteady voice, which was limited in range but used to great effect to sing about prisoners, heartaches, and tales of everyday life. He wrote much of his own material, and was among the first to record the songs of Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson.

"One Piece at a Time" was about an assembly line worker who built a car out of parts stolen from his factory. "A Boy Named Sue" was a comical story of a father who gives his son a girl's name to make him tough. "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" told of the drunken death of an American Indian soldier who helped raised the American flag at Iwo Jima during World War II, but returned to harsh racism in America.

Cash said in his 1997 autobiography "Cash" that he tried to speak for "voices that were ignored or even suppressed in the entertainment media, not to mention the political and educational establishments."

Cash's career spanned generations, with each finding something of value in his simple records, many of which used his trademark "boom-chicka-boom" rhythm.

Cash was a peer of Elvis Presley when rock 'n' roll was born in Memphis in the 1950s, and he scored hits like "Cry! Cry! Cry!" during that era. He had a longtime friendship and recorded with Dylan, who has cited Cash as a major influence.

He won 11 Grammys _ most recently in 2003, when "Give My Love To Rose" earned him honors as best male country vocal performance _ and numerous Country Music Association awards. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

His second wife, June Carter Cash, and daughter Roseanne Cash also were successful singers. June Carter Cash, who co-wrote Cash's hit "Ring of Fire" and partnered with her husband in hits such as "Jackson," died in May.

The late 1960s and '70s were Cash's peak commercial years, and he was host of his own ABC variety show from 1969-71. In later years, he was part of the Highwayman supergroup with Waylon Jennings , Willie Nelson and Kristofferson.

In the 1990s, he found a new artistic life recording with rap and hard rock producer Rick Rubin on the label American Recordings. And he was back on the charts in with the 2002 album "American IV: the Man Comes Around."

Most recently, Cash was recognized for his cover of the Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt" with seven nominations at last month's MTV Video Music Awards. He had hoped to attend the event but couldn't because of his hospital stay. The video won for best cinematography.

He also wrote books including two autobiographies, and acted in films and television shows.

In his 1971 hit "Man in Black," Cash said his black clothing symbolized the downtrodden people in the world. Cash had been "The Man in Black" since he joined the Grand Ole Opry at age 25.

"Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkle clothes and cowboy boots," he said in 1986. "I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I've worn black clothes ever since."

John R. Cash was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Ark., one of seven children. When he was 12, his 14-year-old brother and hero, Jack, died after an accident while sawing oak trees into fence posts. The tragedy had a lasting impact on Cash, and he later pointed to it as a possible reason his music was frequently melancholy.

He worked as a custodian and enlisted in the Air Force, learning guitar while stationed in Germany, before launching his music career after his 1954 discharge.

"All through the Air Force, I was so lonely for those three years," Cash told The Associated Press during a 1996 interview. "If I couldn't have sung all those old country songs, I don't think I could have made it."

Cash launched his career in Memphis, performing on radio station KWEM. He auditioned with Sun Records, ultimately recording the single "Hey Porter," which became a hit.

Sun Records also launched the careers of Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and others.

"Folsom Prison Blues," went to No. 4 on the country charts in 1956, and featured Cash's most famous couplet: "I shot a man in Reno/ just to watch him die."

Cash recorded theme albums celebrating the railroads and the Old West, and decrying the mistreatment of American Indians. Two of his most popular albums were recorded live at prisons. Along the way he notched 14 No. 1 country music hits.

Because of Cash's frequent performances in prisons and his rowdy lifestyle early in his career, many people wrongly thought he had served prison time. He never did, though he battled addictions to pills on and off throughout his life.

He blamed fame for his vulnerability to drug addiction.

"When I was a kid, I always knew I'd sing on the radio someday. I never thought about fame until it started happening to me," he said in 1988. "Then it was hard to handle. That's why I turned to pills."

He credited June Carter Cash, whom he married in 1968, with helping him stay off drugs, though he had several relapses over the years and was treated at the Betty Ford Center in California in 1984.

June Carter Cash was the daughter of country music great Mother Maybel le Carter, and the mother of singer Carlene Carter, whose father was country singer Carl Smith. Together, June Carter and Cash had one child, John Carter Cash. He is a musician and producer.

Singer Rosanne Cash is Johnny Cash's daughter from his first marriage, to Vivian Liberto. Their other three children were Kathleen, Cindy and Tara. They divorced in 1966.

In March 1998, Cash made headlines when his California-based record company, American Recordings, took out an advertisement in the music trade magazine Billboard. The full-page ad celebrated Cash's 1998 Grammy award for best country album for "Unchained." The ad showed an enraged-looking Cash in his younger years making an obscene gesture to sarcastically illustrate his thanks to country radio stations and "the country music establishment in Nashville," which he felt had unfairly cast him aside.

Jennings, a close friend, once said of Cash: "He's been like a brother to me. He's one of the greatest people in the world."

Cash once credited his mother, Carrie Rivers Cash, with encouraging him to pursue a singing career.

"My mother told me to keep on singing, and that kept me working through the cotton fields. She said God has his hand on you. You'll be singing for the world someday."

Cash lived in Hendersonville, Tenn., just outside of Nashville. He also had a home in Jamaica.
source: The Associated Press


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Blues=Life
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 07:27 AM

I hear that lonesome whistle, and hang my head and cry.
Blues


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 07:00 AM

You just knew it wouldn't be long after June died...... His contribution to the music world cannot be overstated.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Little Robyn
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 06:49 AM

But I reckon there'll be wonderful music in heaven tonight!
A great reunion.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,Tweed
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 06:47 AM

Sad, sad day... Hard wakin' up to news like this and starting the day with tears runnin' down your face. What a decent human being he was.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: kendall
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 06:39 AM

He was one of my favorites.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: GUEST,Jawbone
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 06:05 AM

What a bloody bummer, I am really sad to hear that.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Johnny Cash passes
From: Watson
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 06:05 AM

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Subject: Obit: Johnny Cash passes 12 September 2003
From: Banjer
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 05:58 AM

I just heard on my local news channel that word was received that Johnny has gone to join June! His life was quite colorful and eventful. RIP Johnny!!


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