Johnny Cash Biography

Updated On Feb 27, 2019 Published On Jan 14, 2016
Facts of Johnny Cash
Date of Birth: 1932 , February-26
Date of Death: 2003 , September-12
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Name Johnny Cash
Birth Name Johnny Cash
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Kingsland, Arkansas, United States
Ethnicity White
Profession Singer-songwriter
Net Worth $120 million
Married to June Carter Cash (m. 1968–2003), Vivian Liberto (m. 1954–1968)
Children 5
Movies Walk the Line, The Johnny Cash Show
Died September 12, 2003, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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Grammy Awards winner for Best Short Form Music Video, Johnny Cash was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from the United States. He is also renowned for being one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was also an actor and an author.

Early Life, Education, Death

Six feet and two inches tall, Johnny was born as J. R. Cash in Kingsland, Arkansas, United States of American on the laps of Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree. He was an American and was of English, Scottish and Irish descent.

When did Johnny Cash die?

He died on September 12, 2003, in Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 71.

Marriage, Divorce, Wife, & Children

In 1951, while Johnny was serving in the air force, he met Vivian Dorraine Liberto. He met her for the first time at a roller skating rink on 18th of July. She was only 17 at that time. They began their love affairs since then. They also exchanged 100s of love letters while he was in Germany.

Finally, on the 17th of August 1954, they got married. As a married couple, they had welcomed four children together. Johnny was an addict of drug and alcohol and he also had affair with so many girls. Citing these reasons, Liberto filed for divorce in 1966 and they finally got divorced on 3rd of January 1968.

While he was in the musical tour, Johnny met June Carter Cash. June Carter Cash was also an American singer, songwriter, and actress. He met her for the first time in 1955 at Grand Ole Opry. While he was forming in London, he proposed her in the live performance and they finally got married on 1st of March 1968.

Career

Johnny served in the United States Air Force for several years. He came back from Germany in 1954 and he signed a recording contract with Sun Records.

It is said that he began singing since he was five. His debut single, Hey, Porter was released on 21st of May 1955 and his second single, Cry! Cry! Cry! was released one month later.

His debut album, With His Hot and Blue Guitar, was released on 11th of October 1957. Besides singing, he was also an actor and he made his acting debut in 1959.

His debut acting was in the television series, Shotgun Slade.

Net Worth Before Death

He earned a lucrative amount of salary and his net worth before his death was $120 million.

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Johnny Cash facts on timeline

Born in Kingsland, Arkansas, United States

February 26 , 1932

Six feet and two inch tall, Johnny was born as J. R. Cash in Kingsland, Arkansas, United States of American on the laps of Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree. He was an American and was of English, Scottish and Irish descent.

Began singing songs

1937

 It is said that he began singing since he was five. He began working in the cotton fields from that time on. Twice a year, his family farm was flooded away and he later wrote a song about this flood, Five Feet High and Rising.

Joined United States Air Force

July 7 , 1950

He struggled a lot financially as a child. Then in July 1959, he joined United States Air Force. He was later stationed at the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile in Germany. While he was there he also formed his first band, The Landsberg Barbarians.

Began dating Vivian Dorraine Liberto

July 18 , 1951

In 1951, while Johnny was serving in the air force, he met Vivian Dorraine Liberto. He met her for the first time at roller skating rink on 18th of July. She was only 17 at that time. They began their love affairs since then. They also exchanged 100s of love letters while he was in Germany. 

Married to Vivian Dorraine Liberto

August 17 , 1954

After having the long distance relationship for several years, he finally came back to United States in July 1954 after receiving the honorably discharged from US Air Force. Finally on 17th of August 1954, they got married.

First child, Rosanne Cash

May 24 , 1955

He became father for the first time in his life in 1955 and that was a year after being married to his first wife, Vivian Dorraine Liberto. They welcomed their first child on 24th of May and they named their first child, Rosanne Cash. Rosanne is now a well known American singer and songwriter.

Divorced with Vivian Dorraine Liberto

January 3 , 1968

As a married couple, they had welcomed four children together. Johnny was an addict of drug and alcohol and he also had affair with so many girls. Citing these reasons, Liberto filed for divorce in 1966 and they finally got divorced on 3rd of January 1968.

Met love of his life

1955

While he was in the musical tour, Johnny met June Carter Cash. June Carter Cash was also an American singer, songwriter and an actress. He met her for the first time in 1955 at Grand Ole Opry. While he was performing in London, he proposed her in the live performance. 

Married to June Carter Cash

March 1 , 1968

His love affair with June Carter Cash was the main reason that dissolved his first married life. Two months later after he got divorced with Vivian Dorraine Liberto, he married June Carter Cash. They were together till her death in May 2003.

Fifth child, John Carter Cash

March 3 , 1970

John Carter Cash is the fifth children of Johnny Cash but the first one with his second wife, June Carter Cash. John was born on 3rd of March 1970. John Carter Cash is a country singer and songwriter. He is also an author.

Released his debut album, With His Hot and Blue Guitar

October 11 , 1957

After being back from US Air Force, he began continuing his singing career. His debut single, Hey, Porter was released on 21st of May 1955 and his second single, Cry! Cry! Cry! was released one month later. His debut album, With His Hot and Blue Guitar was released on 11th of October 1957.

Released his second album, Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous

November 13 , 1958

After gaining popularity from his debut album, he began working on his second album and finally on 13th of November 1958, he released his second album, Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous. It was also the successful album.

Began his acting career

1959

Besides singing he was also an actor and he made his acting debut in 1959. His debut acting was in the television series, Shotgun Slade. His debut acting role came in 1961 movie, Five Minutes to Live.

Won Grammy Awards

2004

Grammy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the music world and it’s an honor if anyone wins this award. He was also honored with this award once and that was in 2004 for Best Short Form Music Video.

Won Western Heritage Awards

1987

In 1987, for his role in Stagecoach, he got his first nomination in Western Heritage Awards. He was also honored with this award that year for Western Heritage Awards. In 1976, he was also honored as Star on the Walk of Fame.