The year is 1942. A small boy is hauling buckets of water for a road gang. No one knew it at that time, but Johnny Cash would someday be one of the most instrumental country singers know to the world. That boy, raised on a farm with almost no money in his family, fought his way up to a becoming a legend. From inspiring a generation with his music, to fighting for native american rights, johnny cash deserves to be remembered.
Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas(bio.com). He was son of a family of poor farmers who found escape in music. His early life was tough, from being of a poor family, to losing his older brother in a farm accident when he was just 14. All along the way, he was guided by his religion. At 12, Cash learned to play guitar, and immediately it became apparent that he had a gift. This embodiment of the american Dream is one reason why Cash He and his other three friends played mostly gospel music. To this Phillips said, “go home and sin, then come back with a song I can sell” (SunRecords.com). Cash came back, and eventually won him over with two of hit songs, “Hey Porter” and “Cry Cry Cry,”. Cash deserves recognition for the amazing work in these songs, along with his determination to keep going, and get a record deal. The 1960’s seemed like a good time for cash. Records were selling, and he was performing all over the country. But under it all, Cash started a decline. He had a drinking problem, and was deep in drugs. He was arrested several times, and his wife of many years left him. Then, finally in 1967 he met June Carter, and by 1968, she married cash. With her , he soon ditched his drug and alcohol problems, and did what most celebrities failed to do, clean up. Cash should not be remembered for his struggles with drugs, but that he was able to overcome his drug issues and live his life.