Think you know Johnny Cash? Think again! Here’s 12 things you probably never knew about “The Man in Black”…
1. Johnny Cash started his first band whilst serving in the US Air Force, they were known as “The Landsberg Barbarians”.
2.He originally auditioned for Sun Records with gospel songs but was turned down. He later returned with rockabilly music which won him a record contract.
3. Cash has been inducted into the Country Music, Rock & Roll and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.
4. He was born J.R. Cash but had to change his name when he enlisted in the US Air Force as initials were not permitted as a first name.
5. Music runs in his family, his brother Tommy Cash also became a successful country artist, and his children Rosanne and John have music careers of their own.
6. He was taught guitar by his mother as well as a childhood friend and began playing and writing songs when he was just 12 years old.
7. He was often known as “The Man in Black” because he usually wore black outfits.
8. He was friends with all the serving US presidents during his life including Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter.
9. At age 48, Johnny Cash was the youngest living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
10. Cash has received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, is ranked No.31 in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and No.21 on their list of “100 Greatest Singers”.
11. There is a species of tarantula named after him; Aphonopelma johnnycashi was identified in 2015.
12. In his lifetime, he released 165 singles with 13 reaching no.1.
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