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Johnny Cash

You might consider Johnny Cash the original gangster. He sang a song about killing a man "just to watch him die" long before young men began to wear big pants and cap their teeth in gold. His trademark baritone growl and disdainful sneer were the crown and scepter he bore as the king of outlaw country music. Cash's unique sound wasn't complex by any means. His Southern Gothic-tinged narratives and lighthearted country songs contained similar elements to Woody Guthrie's simple ditties. However, nobody but Cash could sing those songs with the burning, heartfelt fever that has made him one of the most influential people in country music. Originally, he wanted to make gospel music after finishing up a Korean War tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force. But after releasing his first single on Sun Records ("Cry Cry Cry" backed with "Hey Porter"), it was perfectly clear that he was a country singer. Cash's music has never strayed from what he knew best: rock 'n' roll's rebellion, folk's painfully autobiographical sensibility, and country music's lovelorn longing. The Man In Black passed away in Nashville, Tenn., on September 12, 2003, due to complications brought on by diabetes. He survived hi... See More

Johnny Cash Concert Films

  • Behind Prison Walls

    Johnny Cash

    Year: 1975

    Runtime: 50 min

    The late Man in Black headlines this 1976 televised concert, shot inside the Tennessee State Prison and featuring post-hippie chanteuse Linda Ronstadt, country picker Roy Clark, and, rather incongruously, tuxedo-ed comedian Foster Brooks, whose '70s drunk act was often funny on, say, Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast, but seems a little wrong for an audience of felons.
    Ronstadt is surely appreciated for her short skirt and sweet pop-blues (her "Love Has No Pride" nears epic intensity), and Clark's showmanship works with kitsch like "Orange Blossom Special." But it's Cash's "Sunday Morning Coming Down," Folsom Prison Blues," and famously bloody "Boy Named Sue" that resonate most powerfully with his, uh, captive audience. There's a touch of condescension toward the prisoners in some stage patter and song choices: Sure, Ronstadt had a hit with "Desperado" at the time, but here it sounds like she's wagging her finger at the crowd.
     
     
  • Legends in Concert

    Johnny Cash

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 38 min

    Johnny Cash was one of the most imposing and influential figures in country music history. These early recordings show Cash's raw talent and earthy appeal.
     
     
  • Live at Montreux

    Johnny Cash

    Year: 1993

    Runtime: 55 min

    Johnny Cash was one of the most influential figures in American music in the post war period. He managed to combine elements of folk, rock n roll and country, which together with his distinctive voice and guitar style, created an instantly recognisable sound. 1994 was to prove to be Cashs only appearance at the Montreux Festival.

    The Man In Black had just released his acclaimed American Recordings album and his European tour took in Montreux on July 5. This classic concert features a number of tracks from his new album coupled with favourites from across his career including Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk The Line, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Orange Blossom Special and San Quentin. An added bonus is the guest appearance of his wife June Carter Cash on two tracks. Caught at one of the high points of his distinguished career this is truly Johnny Cash at his best.
     
     
  • Man in Black: Live in Denmark

    Johnny Cash

    Year: 1971

    Runtime: 57 min

    Originally shown on Danish television in 1971, this hour-long performance captures Johnny Cash at the height of his popularity. With help from his wife, June Carter Cash, and tight instrumental backing by the Tennessee Three, the country legend performs ten of his biggest hits, including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Man in Black.” Live in Denmark also features performances by Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” the Statler Brothers “Flowers on the Wall”, and the Carter Family.
     
     
  • Live American Outlaws

    The Highwaymen

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 2 hr 38 min

    This previously unreleased full-length concert was filmed live at the Nassau Coliseum on March 14, 1990. Watch the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup, featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, tear it up!
     
     

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