Adeli’s Music Blog

In Memory of Johnny Cash

Posted in music by adeli on September 12, 2008

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s passing. He was 71, and had only three months prior, suffered the loss of his wife, June Carter Cash. Despite being sick since 1997 with Autonomic Neuropathy, the Man in Black continued to perform until just two months before his death.

American IV: The Man Comes Around is the fourth album in Johnny Cash’s American series. Most songs are covers which Cash performs in his own simple style. The Eagles’ “Desperado,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” The Beatles’ “In My Life,” Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” and Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” are included on this album. American IV: The Man Comes Around was the first of Cash’s albums to go gold in thirty years, and the last album he released during his lifetime.

The most popular song from this collection is Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.” The video for “Hurt” was nominated in seven categories at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and won for Best Cinematography. The video also won a Grammy for Best Short Form Video in 2004. This video is now known as Johnny Cash’s epitaph, since he expressed his view of his past and feelings of regret in this rendition.

Watch some of the videos from American IV below.


Personal Jesus

Bridge Over Troubles Waters

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

And here are some of his classics:
The Man in Black

I Walk The Line

A Boy Named Sue

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Folsom Prison Blues

Ring of Fire

Cocaine Blues

Sixteen Tons

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  1. Susan Kishner said, on September 12, 2008 at 1:14 am

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  2. Sue said, on September 12, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    The video for “Hurt” is amazing. What an artist, he performed practically right up until the end, in spite of his illness, and then grieving for his wife.

    Johnny was the genuine article, he poured every ounce of his personality and experience into his art, just completely real and in the moment. And it seems like for his entire life he stayed current and interested in other new artists, and covered their work in his own unique way.

    Even if you’re not a country music fan you can be fascinated by his life, his compassion, and his work. Artists like him transcend genres and styles; its all about the message and how they convey it.

    Rest in Peace Johnny and June, and thank you for all you did in this life.

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