Johnny Cash is being honored this year by the U.S. Postal Service with a Forever stamp, available June 5th! You can now pre-order the stamps at USPS.com, along with related memorabilia. The U.S. Postal Service is offering the following for pre-order now:
One of the many things Johnny Cash is remembered for are his prison performances, during which he showed a heartfelt empathy for inmates. At Huntsville State Prison in 1957, Cash’s performance of “Amazing Grace” held special potency for crowds of convicted felons. In this 1990 clip with Bill Moyers featuring both conversation and performances, Cash and Huntsville prisoners explain the common message that “Amazing Grace” holds for them.
Thursday morning, Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash walked into The Johnny Cash Museum, a downtown space devoted to their late brother that is set to officially open in May.
First, they smiled at an old Martin guitar with a folded dollar bill stuck through the strings: In the 1950s, before he had a drummer, Johnny Cash used a dollar bill to create a percussive effect when he strummed the instrument.
Johnny Cash spent 45 years in the limelight, going from country singer to American icon. Between 1958 and 1986, he recorded more than 50 singles and over 60 albums for Columbia Records. Recently all of them were collected in a 63-disc box, Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection, and NPR gave it a listen.
Read and hear more at NPR Fresh Air.
New photos have been revealed from the upcoming Lifetime original movie, Ring of Fire, based on John Carter Cash's book, "Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash." In the film, which will premiere on May 27th at 8 p.m. EDT, June is played by singer-songwriter Jewel and Johnny is played by Matt Ross.
View the photo slideshow at Yahoo! TV.
Here's a preview of a scene from the Lifetime biopic Ring of Fire about the life of June Carter Cash, exclusively from Rolling Stone. The movie will premiere on Monday, May 27th at 8 p.m. EDT.
Vince Gill, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers and Joanne Cash Yates will join show host Tommy Cash for the third annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, according to an announcement made today by concert producer and festival founder Bill Carter. The 2013 event is set for August 17 and will once again take place at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro, AR. Showtime is 7:00 pm and tickets will go on sale April 1.
February 26: Today would have been Johnny Cash's 81st birthday. On this day, we remember both the musical and personal legacy of the Man in Black, whose music not only entertained but also spoke for the disenfranchised. The image below is from Johnny's 1963 album Blood, Sweat And Tears, a tribute to "the working man."
NPR correspondent Don Gonyea has taken a look back at an interview he recorded with Johnny Cash in 1981. Read an excerpt below and listen at NPR.org.
I started out in radio more than 30 years ago. My first job right out of college was as a country-western DJ at WVMO, my hometown radio station in Monroe, Mich.
Feb. 14: In recognition of Valentine's Day, this picture from the Sony Music photo library comes to you from the year 1971, and it features our favorite musical couple, Johnny Cash and June Carter. The two lovebirds are captured live on stage at Madison Square Garden; photos from this shoot were used on the cover of the 1971 Columbia release appropriately titled "A Thing Called Love."
Every year, the Postmaster General’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee receives about 40,000 suggestions for what should grace a stamp. Then 30 subjects are chosen. This year, Johnny Cash made the cut, which made sense to the postal committee: Cash is not only a country artist but someone whose “influence is felt just about everywhere, from folk to blues and gospel,” they wrote.
“For a graphic designer, it was absolutely a dream job,” says Greg Breeding, the art director who worked on the stamp. “A stamp is a tremendous way to mark something good in culture.”
Johnny Cash will be memorialized by the U.S. Postal Service this year with his very own Forever stamp. The country legend will be a part of a new "Music Icons" series of stamps, and his version features a photograph by Frank Bez taken for 1963's Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash. The striking black-and-white design is intended to resemble a 45 rpm record sleeve.