Hero of the day: Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash.

Job Troubador, man of the people, the man in black.

Special powers Tough country tunes coupled with real grit fire and brimstone

He said “I’d like to wear a rainbow every day, and tell the world that everything is ok, but I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back. Until things are brighter, I’m the Man in Black.”

They said "Johnny Cash will stand forever as a symbol of intelligence, creativity, compassion and common sense."

Finest hour Everytime Johnny Cash started a gig. No bravado. No glitz. Just a simple, humble "Hello, I’m Johnny Cash". Aside from his great openings, one of his finest hours must be his performance at San Quentin Prison, playing to the outlaws and deadbeats that Cash always championed. The applause that meets the line "San Quentin I hate every inch of you…" is electrifying.

Did you know? Johnny Cash wasn’t really called John. He was Christened with the name J.R. because his parents couldn’t agree on a name, only on initials. He enlisted as a radio operator in the United States Air Force but the military would not accept just initials as his name, so he adopted John R. Cash as his legal name. When he signed for Sun Records in 1955, he took "Johnny" Cash as a stage name. His friends and in-laws generally called him John, and his blood relatives often still called him by his birth name, J.R.

Why we love him He’s a genius. A poet of simple language. Champion of the common man. The writer of hundreds of great tunes.

Johnny Cash on YouTube