J. R. Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas, on February 26, 1932. Johnny was raised with six siblings and began helping out in the cotton fields with his family at a very young age.
The hardships endured by his working-class family during the Great Depression served as the basis for many of his subsequent compositions.
His brother passed away in an unexpected accident when he was 12 years old. Johnny was introduced to gospel music as a young child and actively listened to the radio.
He began singing and playing the guitar before he was a teenager. When he performed on a small radio station in high school, he got his first taste of a music career.
Cash joined in the US Air Force at the age of 18. He was transferred to West Germany to serve as a morse code operator under the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile after finishing his training.
He had to intercept and decode Soviet signals as part of his job. While in Germany, despite having a hard job, he nevertheless found time to form a band. He received an honorable discharge as a staff sergeant following four years of duty.
In 1954, Cash retired from the Air Force and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. He began by selling appliances and pursuing a job as a radio broadcaster, but he soon found himself drawn to his true love: music.
Later, he tried out for Sam Phillips at Sun Records, but he was rejected because his Gospel music was out of style.
He immediately came back with some of the very first Rockabilly songs, including "Hey Porter" and "Cry, Cry, Cry!" Johnny Cash's career was begun with these tunes.
By 1983, Cash's drug abuse had reached a new all-time low. He was kicked in the midsection by an ostrich he kept on his farm, and the whole thing began when he was given medicines for the injury.
He attempted to become sober for the following ten years or so at a variety of recovery facilities, but he repeatedly relapsed.
He had a double-bypass heart operation in 1988, but owing to his drug usage issues, he refused to take any medications.
By the 1990s, Johnny Cash struggled to secure any notable agreements since he was, in his own words, "invisible" to big record labels.
However, young people were starting to become aware of Cash's music, and various punk bands started to cover it. During this time, Cash also collaborated with the band U2.
Worldwide sales of Johnny Cash exceeded 90,000,000, including 22,831,000 sold in the US and 2,800,000 in the UK. The Legend Of Johnny Cash, which has more than 3,398,000 copies sold, is Johnny Cash's best-selling record.
He followed up with songs like "I Walk the Line," which did well on the pop charts in addition to topping the country charts.
Cash's reputation was further solidified with "Home of the Blues," despite the fact that he was becoming dissatisfied with Sun Records.
Sam Phillips continued to ban him from recording any gospel music, and his royalty payment was just 3 percent rather than the usual 5 percent.
Cash signed a lucrative deal with Columbia Records in 1958, leaving Sun Records in the process.
Cash published "Don't Take Your Guns to Town," which went on to become another big success, with the help of a new record contract to keep him content.
Finally, he was given the go-ahead to cut a gospel album. Because Sun Records still held a sizable collection of Cash's unreleased songs, they and Columbia concurrently put Cash's name on hit singles at this time.
Over the following several years, Johnny also established himself as a well-known touring musician, famously donning all-black attire and introducing himself as Johnny Cash at the start of each performance.
Cash seldom ventured into any fields outside of music, and he accumulated his money only by penning timeless melodies and making other people's tunes his own.
Johnny Cash's estimated net worth was $40 million in 2003, but with to the success of Walk The Line and the nearly yearly production of posthumous albums and compilations, his fortune has undoubtedly increased significantly since then.
Cash continues to be one of the most adored performers of all time despite having a repertoire that is so extensive that it is practically difficult to listen to everything. Each year, Cash picks up hundreds of thousands of new admirers.