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Flashback: Johnny Cash Releases 'Ring of Fire'

April 19, 2016

In 1958, Johnny Cash left Sun Records to sign with Columbia. Less than a year later, he earned his first Number One country hit with the label, "Don't Take Your Guns to Town." His next chart-topper wouldn't come for another four years, but when it did,...

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The Highwaymen Unleash Concert Recordings

March 30, 2016

On March 14, 1990, the Highwaymen filmed their entire concert in Uniondale, New York, only to have most of the footage shelved for 26 years. This May, we'll finally be able to see the quartet of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon...

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See the Trailer for the New Highwaymen Documentary

March 29, 2016

Nearly 30 years after Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash all swapped gospel harmonies during the "Million Dollar Quartet" jam at Sun Studio in 1956, a different sort of supergroup — the Highwaymen — released their...

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Flashback: See Johnny Cash Cover Bob Dylan in 1992

February 26, 2016

Although Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash were admirers of each other's work, they only recorded together once and appeared together a handful of times. They first met, according to Cash's son John Carter Cash, in a New York hotel room, although they also encountered...

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Flashback: Cash, Silverstein Sing 'A Boy Named Sue'

March 11, 2016

From Playboy cartoonist to children's book author (A Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends) to hit songwriter, Shel Silverstein covered a lot of creative ground throughout his life. But he (along with Johnny Cash) reportedly owes one of his biggest...

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Flashback: See Johnny Cash's Style-Defining 'Man in Black'

February 16, 2016

For many years, Johnny Cash's fans remained unaware of the singer's reason for donning the color that earned him the nickname the Man in Black. It was only when he had his most widespread public forum, the weekly Johnny Cash Show on ABC, that the singer-songwriter...

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Hear Lemmy's Rockabilly Band Cover Johnny Cash

December 29, 2015

Though Lemmy Kilmister will forever be identified with the raw, propulsive rhythms of hard rock he pioneered in Motörhead and Hawkwind, the "Ace of Spades" singer-bassist also dabbled in American roots music and country with one of his many side...

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Inside Johnny Cash's New Live Album: Ram Report

December 1, 2015

At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin may be Johnny Cash's most famous live albums, but a new concert from 1971 contains more of his signature songs. Released Friday, December 4th, Man in Black: Live in Denmark 1971, assembles "A Boy Named...

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Listen to Johnny Cash Sing 'Man in Black' Live in Denmark

October 22, 2015

In 1971, as the war in Vietnam raged on, and the issues of poverty, discrimination and inequality were sharply dividing the American people, Johnny Cash was one of the few musicians who effectively brought people of nearly every generation together through...

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Kid Rock to Host Weeklong Johnny Cash Tribute on CMT

September 2, 2015

In commemoration of the 12th anniversary of Johnny Cash's death on September 12th, CMT will feature a weeklong tribute to the Man in Black. Longtime Cash fan Kid Rock will host the tribute on the network, which will temporarily rename itself "Cash...

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Flashback: See Glen Campbell Join the Highwaymen at Farm Aid

August 18, 2015

The idea of reincarnation hasn't exactly pervaded country music through the years. But in 1985, a meditation on the evolution of one's soul, penned by the great Jimmy Webb, had another chance at life after two previous incarnations. The group that brought...

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The Carter Family's Music, Legacy Honored in New Documentary

August 14, 2015

As the first family of country music, the Carter Family remains one of the genre's most influential acts of all time. Hailing from Maces Springs, Virginia, in the foothills of the Appalachians, the Carters — led by A.P. Carter and rounded out by...

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Flashback: See Linda Ronstadt Duet With Johnny Cash

July 15, 2015

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who has also influenced two generations of country song stylists, Linda Ronstadt celebrates her 68th birthday today. Although Parkinson's disease has robbed her of the ability to sing, Ronstadt's musical legacy...

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Flashback: See Dwight and Buck Cover Johnny Cash

December 14, 2015

Twenty-four years ago today on December 14th, 1991, singer Dwight Yoakam made his acting debut on the short-lived TV series P.S. I Luv U. Since that time, he has gone on to act in a number of TV shows and feature films, including the 1996 Oscar winner,...

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Flashback: 'Walk the Line' Puts Johnny Cash's Life on Film

November 13, 2015

Country music biopics are a rarity for Hollywood, and high-quality country biopics that are also a hit at the box office are "scarcer than hen's teeth," as June Carter Cash might have put it. The Eighties had Coal Miner's Daughter, the life story of Loretta...

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10 Things We Learned From New Johnny Cash Documentary

September 11, 2015

When it comes to the extraordinary life, career and legacy of Johnny Cash, just scratching the surface would be a daunting task for any documentary filmmaker. Revisiting the legend that is the Man in Black can prove challenging, especially when the central...

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Johnny Cash Documentary to Span 50-Year Career

August 18, 2015

The extraordinary life and unforgettable music of Johnny Cash will be explored in a brand-new documentary film. According to USA Today, CMT will premiere Johnny Cash: American Rebel on September 12th, coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the death...

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Bob Johnston, Bob Dylan Producer, Dead at 83

August 16, 2015

Bob Johnston, a staff producer at Columbia Records who worked on legendary LPs like Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde, Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison and Simon & Garfunkel's Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, passed away Friday at a Nashville hospice....

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Rare John Lennon, Jim Morrison Letters Up for Auction

July 23, 2015

A hand-written letter from Doors singer Jim Morrison during his stint in Paris – postmarked May 18th, 1971, less than three months before his death – is currently bringing over $23,000 at RR's Marvels of Modern Music auction. The...

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See Danzig Tell Elvis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison Stories

July 1, 2015

Glenn Danzig has always worn his affinity for Elvis Presley like a badge. He covered the King's "Trouble" on his eponymous band's Thrall-Demonsweatlive EP in 1993. Most recently, he filmed a Danzig Legacy concert video that stylistically recalled Presley's...

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