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Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight To Feature The Legendary Johnny Cash

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I’ve had many request to feature Johnny Cash, so join me Sunday morning at 11 a.m.  We get started at 9 a.m. with the Country Classic Show.

Beginning with his mid 1950′s recordings for Sun Records, Johnny established an international profile as an ambassador of country roots music.  He overcame personal demons to reach superstar status in the late 1960′s and he continued to carve his own path musically through the 80′s and 1990′s.

He was a prolific songwriter and an eye from the pens of others.  His crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of inductions in the Country Music, Rock and Roll and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.  He traditionally began his concerts with the simple “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash” that was followed by his signature song Folsom Prison Blues.

His best known songs  include I Walk the LineGet Rhythm, Man in Black and Ring of Fire.  Ring of Fire was co-written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore.  The song was recorded in March of 1963 and became the biggest hit of Johnny Cash’s career.  He loved the railroads which is why he loved the song, The Rock Island Line.  Many versions have been recorded by other artists,  The verses tell a humorous story about a train operator who smuggled pig iron through a toll gate by claiming all he had on board was livestock. The single went to #35 on the country chart.

Johnny Cash was a singer, songwriter, musician and actor.  He passed away over ten years ago on September 12, 2003 but the legend still lives on through his music for us to enjoy.

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