The Most Iconic Live Performance From Johnny Cash
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Johnny Cash also known as John R. Cash in real life is an American country singer-songwriter who became popular for his music containing themes of sorrow, moral tribulation, and redemption. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 71 due to diabetes complications.
As part of the 19th year of the passing of the legendary Johnny Cash, here are five of his striking live performances over the course of his 50-year career as a country music singer.
1. “Ring of Fire” – The Jimmy Dean Show, 1964
This song broke the shy and stoic image of a young Cash. He appeared next to fellow country-singer-turned-television-host, Jimmy Dean. He gave steady strums and even manages to smile throughout the performance.
2. “San Quentin” – Live at San Quentin, 1969
In the late ’50s, the country singer started giving free concerts in prisons. He played his first famous prison concert at San Quentin State Prison in 1958. As a result, it led to a highly successful live album in 1969. It even reached number one on the Billboard country charts and crossed over to the top of the pop charts as well.
3. “I Walk the Line” – The Johnny Cash Show
One of his striking moments was when he performed “I Walk the Line” on his own television show, The Johnny Cash Show. Looking humble, but enthusiastic onstage, the singer shone alongside other non-country guest performers like Neil Young, Louis Armstrong, James Taylor, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and many more.
4. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” – Live In Las Vegas, 1979
When he delivered the Kris Kristofferson original song perfectly onstage in Las Vegas, even though he was asked by ABC network executives to change the lyrics. The singer refused and kept the references to marijuana.
5. “Folsom Prison Blues” – Glastonbury, 1994
Johnny Cash never had “peak” success, but he had a stable career for 50 long years in country music. His 1994 show at England’s Glastonbury Festival has proven that crowds are still enthralled by the musician and his iconic songs.