NOTICE: Public memorial service for JOHNNY CASH moved to NOVEMBER 10th.
The House of Cash is empty this morning a lot of people will say. But I
challenge that assumption. The House of Cash is full of memories on record, CD,
film, video and the written word. A former appliance salesman, Cash made an
imprint on music early in his life while at Sun Records in Memphis and even at
the end, still winning awards for his work like this video called "Hurt."
To learn about the story behind the video and read an overview, including a
video, of the
Black from MSNBC.
Johnny Cash died four months after his beloved wife. Both very religious, I am sure they are together looking down with pride. Johnny and June will have an influence on the Entertainment business for a long time to come.
It doesn't seem like it but it was twenty five years ago. I walked on stage at the Muskogee Civic Center and did a few minutes of comedy and then introduced Johnny and June Carter Cash to a packed house. This was the only time I had a chance to observe Johnny and June in person, back stage. Johnny had a severe back problem and was in pain the entire night. Even back then his face was worn and his body showed the years of drug abuse even though he had licked that problem by then. June was there always making sure that Johnny had everything he needed, ice water, encouragement and you could tell she was dedicated to this man.
June Carter Cash was perky and full of life. If you had asked me then who would die first, I would have bet a fortune that Johnny would go years before June. He was so worn and she was so fresh. Who would have guessed that this May 15th afternoon she would die before him. My only other brush with June Carter Cash was a few years earlier when I worked for a brief time at KWTO in Springfield, Mo. It was the home of the Ozark Jubilee and the Carter Family was legend there. Every story about June was the same, she was clean cut, a good lady, always following the Golden Rule.
Tonight I am thinking about Johnny and how he seemed to know that this lady had pulled his life out of the mud and the dope and pushed him into being a major superstar for decades. Now Johnny Cash is on his own again, let's all pray he can continue just as if June is still by his side. I guess if you ask him in a few months, he will say, "June is here, just as she always has been for me. "
From Jack Blanchard, featured artist on the Jerry Pippin Show:
JOHNNY AND JUNE
http://www.johnnycash.com/: This is the official Johnny Cash web site with story about June Carter Cash. WSM - TV story: http://www.wsmv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1280537&nav=1TcRFqv2