After several years of ill health, he died of complications from diabetes on 12 September 2003, only a few months after the death of his beloved wife.
January 15, 1992:
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 7th annual ceremonies in New York City.
Cash's 25-year relationship with Columbia Records ended in the mid-Eighties, and in 1986 he began an on and off relationship with Nashville's branch of Mercury Records.
In 1980, he became the youngest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In the mid-'70s, Cash's presence on the country charts began to decline, but he continued to have a series of minor hits and the occasional chart-topper like 1976's "One Piece at a Time," or Top Ten hits like the Waylon Jennings duet "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang" and "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky."
Some of Cash’s best work includes live albums recorded, quite literally, for captive audiences at Folsom and San Quentin prisons.
Straddling the country, folk and rockabilly idioms, Johnny Cash has crafted more than 400 plainspoken story-songs that describe and address the lives of coal miners, sharecroppers, Native Americans, prisoners, cowboys, renegades and family men.
His career fully established, Cash moved to Ventura, California in 1958, signing with Columbia, and beginning a nine-year period of alcohol and drug abuse.
He made his first single, "Hey Porter", for Sun Records in 1955.
From an early age Cash, who first picked up the guitar at the age of 12, showed a love for the music that enveloped his life.
Singer-songwriter Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, AR.