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Country Music Legend Johnny Cash Dies at 71
'Man in Black's' Career Spanned Six Decades, 11 Grammies

Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Credit: Martyn Atkins

Listen to Samples of Cash's Music

The Latest

audio icon From Cash's last album The Man Comes Around (Lost Highway Records)

audio icon "Hurt" (2002)

The Classics

audio icon "Hey Porter" (1955)

audio icon "Cry, Cry, Cry" (1955)

audio icon "I Walk the Line" (1956)

audio icon "Ring of Fire" (1963)

audio icon "Folsom Prison Blues" (Recorded live at Folsom Prison, 1968)

audio icon "A Boy Named Sue" (Recorded live at San Quentin Prison, 1969)

audio icon "Man in Black" (1971)

Johnny Cash at The Man Comes Around recording sessions.
Johnny Cash at The Man Comes Around recording sessions.
Credit: Martyn Atkins

Sept. 13, 2003 -- Johnny Cash, country music's "Man in Black," died Friday of complications from diabetes. He was 71. Cash, whose hits include "I Walk the Line," and "Ring of Fire," earned 11 Grammys in his six-decade career and was inducted into the Country Music, the Rock and Roll and the Songwriters halls of fame. Cash's death comes four months after the death of his wife, June Carter Cash.

Johnny Cash on NPR:

November 2002: Hear Edwards' extended interview with Johnny Cash.

Sept. 13, 2003: NPR's Alice Winkler profiles the Cash standard 'I Walk the Line' for the NPR 100 list of greatest American musical works of the 20th century. (The story originally aired in December 2000.)

Sept. 12, 2003: NPR's Melissa Block talks with W.S. Holland, Cash's longtime drummer, about the prison concerts Cash often performed.

Sept. 12, 2003: NPR's Bob Edwards offers a remembrance.

Aug. 1, 2003: Johnny Cash on 'Fresh Air'

May 16, 2003: Singer June Carter Cash, wife of Johnny Cash, dies at 73.

June 2, 2003: Rare 1960s recordings of Johnny Cash live

July 31, 2003: Recording industry legend Sam Phillips dies.

Oct. 30, 2002: David Greenberger reviews 'Kindred Spirits' and 'Dressed In Black,' two CDs that pay tribute to Johnny Cash.

Nov. 6, 2002: Johnny Cash: The Man in Black's Musical Journey Continues, on 'Morning Edition'

Web Resources

Johnny Cash's official Web site

See Cash's 'Hurt' video at the Lost Highway Records Web site

Cash at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Cash's Country Music Award nominations and wins

Cash at the Kennedy Center Honors

Cash at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame