Johnny Cash Follows His Wife to Gloryland
The Man in Black, Johnny Cash, died early today at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. He follows his wife June Carter Cash who passed away earlier this year. The 11-time Grammy winner and country giant was 71.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my children's grandfather and my very dear friend," said former son-in-law Rodney Crowell. "I loved big John with all my heart. The citizens of the world have lost one of their most enduring guiding lights. As a musical hero to millions, a trailblazing artist, humanitarian, spiritual leader, social commentator and most importantly, patriarch to one of the most varied and colorful extended families imaginable, Johnny Cash will, like Will Rogers, stand forever as a symbol of intelligence, creativity, compassion and common sense. I'm thinking Mt. Rushmore."
Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson had the following to say about Cash in memorium:
"Johnny Cash has always seemed larger than life to me. He is a true American hero, beloved the world over as much for his kindness and compassion and championing of the underdog as for the power of his art. He’s been my inspiration, my faithful friend, my champion - a constant oasis of unconditional love and support. His fierce independence and free spirit, balanced with his love of family, children and his fellow man, will stand as a shining example of the best of what it means to be human. And he was damned funny, even in the darkest times.
“I love you, JohnSIRIUS satellite radio will air a special 1-hour tribute to Cash on The Roadhouse/35 today at 12 pm, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm ET. Legendary DJ Eddie Stubbs will host a special four-hour tribute show Saturday morning, Sept. 13 on 650 AM in Nashville or www.wsmonline.com.
In the cold and Holy darkness
You were always shining brighter than a star
God bless you, John
For the love and joy you’ve given
And the living inspiration that you are”
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