Flashback: Johnny Cash Makes Opry Debut, Meets June Carter – Rolling Stone
On July 7, 1956, Johnny Cash walked onto the Grand Ole Opry’s stage for the first time, armed with an acoustic guitar, his Tennessee Two bandmates and his soon-to-be iconic black suit. … The real action happened backstage, though. That’s where Cash first bumped into Carl Smith’s wife, June Carter, who was hurriedly tuning up her guitar before walking onstage. … Smith and Carter divorced later that year, and Carter eventually joined Cash on the road, where the two sang together on hit songs like “Jackson.” They married in 1968, a dozen years after their backstage meeting at the Grand Ole Opry.
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