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Name: Johnny Cash                                                                     
Also known as The Man in Black                                                       
Born: 26 February 1932 Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S.                                     
Died: 12 September 2003 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.                                   
Johnny Cash, born J. R. Cash, (February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003) was a         
Grammy Award-winning American country singer-songwriter. Cash is widely               
considered to be one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th           
Cash was known for his deep, distinctive voice, the boom-chick-a-boom or "freight     
train" sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, his demeanor, and his dark         
clothing, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black". He traditionally         
started his concerts with the introduction "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."                 
Much of Cash's music, especially that of his later career, echoed themes of           
sorrow, moral tribulation, and redemption. His signature songs include "I Walk       
the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "That Old Wheel" (a duet with       
Hank Williams Jr.), "Cocaine Blues", and "Man in Black". He also recorded             
several humorous songs, such as "One Piece at a Time", "The One on the Right Is       
on the Left", "Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog" and "A Boy Named Sue"; rock-and-roll       
numbers such as "Get Rhythm"; and various railroad songs, such as "Rock Island       
Line" and "Orange Blossom Special".                                                   
He sold over 90 million albums in his nearly fifty-year career and came to           
occupy a "commanding position in music history".