Johnny Cash, the Man in Black, is best known for his hit music, his anti-authoritarian demeanor, and the fact that he’s the one country singer people like, even if they say they hate country. Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas, on February 26th, 1932. His parents, Ray and Carrie, owned a cotton farm, and young “J.R.” was soon working the fields along with his seven siblings.
However, the simple life could not contain young Johnny, who joined the Air Force before embarking on a musical career that would see him and his baritone voice redefine an entire musical genre.
Johnny Cash’s story became widely known with the 2005 biopic Walk the Line, which starred Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and garnered five Academy Award nominations. The film took its title from one of Cash’s most notable songs, but far from his only hit. “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Boy Named Sue,” are among his many other highlights from a five decade career. Also, Walk the Line left out some pretty insane trivia about the life of Johnny Cash. For a more fascinating biography of the beloved and infamous country singer, read on.