Johnny Cash was a singer and songwriter from America. Cash earned major success during his career and sold over 90 million records. He is one of the best-selling musicians in the history of music. He was a versatile artist and explored many music styles and genres. Johnny Cash was famous for making music that was emotional and had a lot of depth.
Johnny Cash has a net worth of $60 million when he died. He was a successful singer and songwriter and his net worth was achieved due to his career in the music industry.
Cash was born on February 26th of 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. He had six siblings. He worked with his family in the cotton fields during his childhood. His family struggled through Great Depression, and this inspired him to write many songs later on. Johnny was interested in Gospel music when he was a child and he listened to it on the radio. He learned to play guitar during his teen years, and he also wrote his own songs. He started making music in high school and sang on a local radio station. He enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 18. He trained for a while and served as a morse code operator. His job was demanding, but he took out time and started a band.
Cash left Air Force in 1954 and moved to Memphis, Tennessee. He sold appliances and worked as a radio announcer. His true passion was music and he soon released tracks like “Hey Porter” and “Cry, Cry, Cry!” These songs made Johnny Cash famous and kicked off his career.
His other famous tracks include “I Walk the Line,” and topped the country charts and pop charts. Cash released “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town,” and the song became a smash hit. Sun Records had many of Cash’s unreleased tracks, and they released his successful singles under his name. Johnny also toured in the next few years and performed on the stage.
Cash was involved in a controversy after it was revealed that he was a drug addict. He spent a decade in various rehab centers but he relapsed several times. He underwent double bypass surgery and didn’t take any painkillers because he was addicted to drugs.
By the 90s Cash struggled to sign any music deals. The younger generations discovered Cash’s music, and many new bands covered his music. Cash collaborated with U2 during this period.
Johnny Cash suffered from Shy-Drager syndrome and the doctors told him that he had only 18 months to live. The diagnosis was changed and it was revealed that he was actually suffering from autonomic neuropathy. He released some new albums in the next few years and got in and out of the hospitals. Johnny Cash passed away at 73. He is one of the most impactful musicians in the history of country music.