Johnny Cash started releasing music in the mid-fifties. He worked consistently until he died in 2003. So, his music has been a mainstay in the country genre for decades. More importantly, his songs have been around to entertain, soothe, and inspire several generations of listeners.
Hearing Johnny Cash for the first time could be a momentous event for some people. For a few people, his voice and words will forever be linked to some larger memory. Earlier today, the Man in Black’s estate got curious about his fans’ memories attached to the first time they heard him sing. So, they asked. The question came alongside a candid snap of Johnny relaxing at home and reading a book. Check it out below. Then, we’ll get into some of the responses.
Before we get into the great fan responses, let’s take a moment to appreciate that photo. It’s so rare to see Johnny Cash relaxing. Furthermore, it’s rarer to see him wearing a color other than black. It’s a great shot that proves that even legends need to unwind from time to time.
Where Johnny Cash’s Fans Were the First Time They Heard His Music
Johnny Cash’s estate asked where his fans were the first time they heard his music and the fans did not disappoint. The replies under the tweet are full of emotionally charged memories both happy and sad.
Some fans found Johnny Cash after falling on hard times. One fan gave a short and simple answer that spoke volumes. They said, “rehab.” That’s a tough place to be. However, Cash’s music is a fitting soundtrack. For one, he felt deeply for those who were in hard times. At the same time, his story of recovery is inspiring.
Johnny Cash’s music is one of those things that people pass down to the next generation like a cast-iron skillet or a good quilt. Plenty of the replies are from people who learned about Cash from their elders.
One fan said that they first heard Johnny Cash in their dad’s car in the seventies. He only had two tapes and Johnny was one of them. Another long-time fan said that they were just a little one when they heard him for the first time. Their parents bought a stereo for the house and the first record they put on was a Cash record.
A couple of younger fans said that they first heard Johnny Cash through his connection to pop culture. One said that he heard “Hurt” in the Logan trailer and was instantly hooked. Another said that they discovered Cash while playing Tony Hawk Underground 2.
Personally, I was at my grandparents’ house. They played classic country records on the stereo in the evenings. “Folsom Prison Blues,” hooked me immediately.