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Johnny Cash, who grew up from Depression-era cotton fields in rural Arkansas to make a deep imprint on the American music scene, died on this day in history, September 12, 2003. He was 71.
Rolling Stone wrote in 2016 honoring the performers: “The critique was original: a rebellious, relentlessly entertaining and imposing presence.”
Artists around the world mourned the loss.
“His influence has spread to many generations of different people. I loved him As a singer and writer“Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger reportedly said shortly after Cash’s death, calling his death a “huge loss to the music community.”
Cash suffered from several health problems late in his life, which by the 1990s severely limited his ability to function for life.
Died of complications from diabetes Nashville Baptist HospitalAccording to official records. His health deteriorated due to years spent on the road and battling addiction.
Some considered the problems as payback Kris Kristofferson“Over the years of abuse Cash exposed his body to drugs and alcohol at various stages throughout his life,” writes music site Spendity.
But music fans and family members have long speculated that the real cause of Cash’s death was a broken heart.
His wife, John Carter Cash, 35, died four months before he developed complications from heart surgery.
Cash, confined to a wheelchair, sat next to his wife’s bed as she lay in a coma on life support devices, author Steve Turner wrote in the 2004 book, “The Man Called Cash: The Life, Love, and Faith of an American Legend.”
Cash spoke to his wife, sang songs, and recited her psalms.
“He begged her not to leave him,” Turner wrote, noting that Cash’s health took a sudden turn for the worse after her death.
A legendary and stormy love affair began in the 1950’s when teen Starstruck JR Cash met a famous celebrity artist. The Carter family country music Backstage after a performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
“He saw June and fell in love. He thought it was amazing, my bee knees,” Lisa Errington, assistant director of the museum and Riemann Hall toursrecently told Fox News Digital in an interview in the hall.
Their story was brought to the silver screen in the 2005 Hollywood movie “Walk the Line” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
Cash’s career has been a success for nearly half a century and has easily transcended superheroes into multiple genres while capturing an amazing variety of fan bases.
Cash has placed an astonishing 134 singles on the Billboard charts, including at least two chart hits annually for 38 consecutive years.
He died a member of the Rock and Roll, Country Music, Nashville Songwriters, and Memphis Music Halls of Fame.
In 2001, Cash was honored with the National Medal of Arts, the highest national award for artistic excellence.
Even today, 19 years after his death, it’s not uncommon to hear Cash’s music seep from both Tennessee honky-tonks’ handcrafted cocktail bars and Brooklyn fans.
Cash has placed 134 incredible singles on the Billboard charts, including at least two hits on the chart annually for 38 consecutive years, according to the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville.
His first film “Scream, Scream, Scream” was released in 1955; His most recent film, a haunting remake of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails, stunned the music world in 2002, a year before his death.
Cash’s heartbreaking version of the song was accompanied by a powerful video that showed the reckless, old and sick singer against the backdrop of his Tennessee home and his young career.
She proved to be an intensely emotional symbol of an incredible career and achieved critical and commercial success in the final months of Cash’s life.
“Hurt” won Country Music Association Best Video and Song of the Year, American Music Awards Song of the Year, and Grammy Award for Best Short Video.
“Wow, (I felt) I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore,” songwriter Trent Reznor said upon watching the video for Cash’s version of the song “Heart.”