Does Folsom Prison Blues, Hung My Head, A Boy Named Sue, or Daddy Sang Bass, among others, ring a bell?! For me it does!
Although Cash came of age well before I was born, he was ubiquitous as apple pie in my home. I grew up listening to the mighty "Man In Black."
In my eyes, he was epic and larger than life, and he certainly was a legend in my household, not to mention the households of others, before and after my birth.
Johnny Cash, was pretty much famous from the time he reached the age of majority, until his death, in September 2003 at the age of 71.
He was no wallflower either, as he lived a full life, replete with enormous talent, drama, passion, fame, success, notoriety, and scandal, particularly with regard to his struggles with drugs and alcohol.
Although he first got clean and sober in 1968, he relapsed quite a bit.
On more than one occasion he checked into The Betty Ford Clinic, for substance abuse treatment.
Meanwhile, as most addicts and alcoholics are familiar with, chaotic years of alcoholism and addiction stalked (check out the docudrama Walk The Line).
With that said, Cash eventually found his way, quit alcohol and drugs, and wrote about his addiction struggles, not to mention his equally mighty redemption.
Yes, indeed, America's Top Country Crooner died a clean and sober alcoholic and addict.
As an aside, it was Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nail's Hurt that propelled me to go to rehab! If you are in active addiction, listen to it, perhaps it might inspire you to do the same.
Cash, thanks for the memories. It was wonderful to learn that you were clean and sober when you headed upstairs!
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