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Elvis Presley, the Beatles, John Coltrane, Buddy Holly and other musical greats featured on postage stamps

Johnny Cash; USPS; Elvis; Janis Joplin; Jimi Hendrix; Ray Charles

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On May 30, the United States Postal Service announced the release of a limited edition Johnny Cash stamp.  Sales of the Forever stamp will begin on Thursday, June 5th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, where John Carter Cash, Carlene Carter, Larry Gatlin, and Jamey Johnson will be on hand to honor Cash’s legacy. The postage, designed by art director Greg Breeding, features a photograph of Cash that was captured by Frank Bez during the Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash sessions in 1963. The late-great country music icon joins an impressive group of musicians immortalized by the USPS, including the Beatles, Miles Davis and Buddy Holly.  Here is a selection of artists who have received the Service’s approval through the years.

John Lennon

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John Lennon

The Commemorative Portrait Stamps of John Lennon collection, designed by renowned artist Yuan Lee, captures the many faces of the Beatle marking the 15th anniversary of his death. 

Clyde McPhatter

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Clyde McPhatter

Clyde McPhatter was featured in the Legends of American Music: Rock & Roll/Rhythm & Blues series issued in 1993.

John Coltrane

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John Coltrane

John Coltrane was featured in the Legends of American Music: Jazz Musicians series issued by the United States Postal Service in 1995.

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