Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash performs his song "Five Feet High and Rising" in 1969.

Growing up with Cash

I grew up in a house that often had Johnny Cash playing on the stereo in the '60's and 70's. He was my mom's favorite singer. Whenever she wrote checks for cash (way before ATMs) she would just write Cash in the check book. So she would say, "Just another check to Johnny". Often my sister's and I would buy our mom one of his alblums or 8 tracks for gifts. Mother's Day, her birthday, and Christmas... Johnny often helped to make buying her gifts easy. I don't have just one favorite. All of his songs bring back fond memories of my youth. Ira Hayes, Folsom Prison Blues, Jackson, How High's the Water, are just a few of the songs that bring back those memories. It was great seeing Bob Dylan in the film. I had a high school English teacher my freshman year that used Dylan's lyrics quite often.

—  (Wooster, Ohio)


Johnny says in the documentary "I've learned to adapt to prosperity. I like it...", as he's driving the tour bus.......

Prosperity is truly dependant on your POV

—  (Springfield, Illinois)

from France to USA and the revelation of Johnny Cash The Greatest Ever

My friend loved Johnny. I didn't. I called him CAcash...!! I was offered a ticket for his concert at Carnegie Hall, I refused and I still cannot get over it. Later I saw him on TV, I loved all of him and he is still not only my favorite entertainer but also a man that I deeply admire. I never have enough of TV shows, of DVDs. Please give us some more, particularly "a man and his vision," somebody erased it from my DVR. Thank you in advance.

—  (Long island City, New York)

The Man in Black

My parents divorced in 1981 and I never liked country music. All I remember is that Johnny Cash is not country music... he just is music. My daddy used to play some of his songs on the guitar but what I really remember is Johnny Cash on television or radio. When I heard his songs, I lived them. Now, I absolutely revere them because I don't have the "family" anymore to connect. I miss Johnny and I miss my family. Thoughts of all go out in this message. xxoo.

—  (Frederick, Maryland)

Big John and Me

I guess my very first time hearing Johnny Cash was in the '60s, when "A Boy Named Sue" was popular. I'd rather not go into the details of the story, though. I was a big Cash fan for much of the '70s. I especially liked his deep voice (which I guess he acquired as he got older). I read his autobiographical book "Man in Black" in 1978, as I was finishing seventh grade. I finally got to see the Man in Black in concert at City Stages in Birmingham, Ala., in 1996. If I never got to go to another concert in my life, I was willing to let that one be the last one.

Sadly, I wanted to watch the PBS special on Johnny Cash that aired on August 5, 2008, but there was no audio on Nashville Public Television. (Nashville! Of all places!)

—  (Fayetteville, Tennessee)

A Question

I just finished watching the Johnny Cash special on channel 54, Erie, PA. Athough the show was quite entertaining I was quite disappointed to find, at the end on the special, no credits were given for the back-up musicians. There was one in particular (a male guitarist from Oklahoma. I beleive his first name was Bob, I did not get his last name. Could you please provide me with that information? Thank you.

—  (Canada)

Fine film

Cash is one of my favorite artists, and reason for this is that his persona and music fits every season of my life. Whether reflecting struggles and hardship, fighting for justice, projecting a rebellious "outlaw" image, or expressing reverence to our Maker, Cash has a song for each moment and mood.

This film captured him at the height of his performing prowess, in love with June, and cleaned up from his demons. And to think we get to enjoy it when its not even pledge week! (That's when I have most often seen other wonderful music based films)

—  (Staten Island, New York)

Electrifying voice and presence

Cash had a lot of fans in the Bronx in the late Sixties, and I was one of them. His TV show featured talent seen nowhere else on the tube: Dylan, Buffy Sainte Marie, Judy Collins, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Neil Young, Creedence. This was at a time when there was no cable; seven channels were all there was. This kind of music wasn't seen on TV. Best of all there was Cash himself, singing like the voice of doom. He grabbed you; you couldn't not listen. I saw him at Nassau Coliseum in 1971 and Saratoga in 1974. I remain a fan today.

—  (New York, New York)


Johnny Cash is an idol to me, he speek's to the common man and tells you what life is about. There will never be another man like him. Please show more documentary's on artist that have effected american culture. Thank you.

—  (Iowa)

Love the Man in Black

today i turned 67 & when i was 17 i saw Johnny perform in Calif. and have been hooked ever since. Luther Perkins death was on 8/5/(58)? i think, which was very emotional. Thank you PBS for airing the show on 8/5/08, it was like a personal gift. Thank you again.

—  (South Bristol, Maine)

More of the Man in Black!

Just some brief comments: I can't get enough of Johnny Cash. I wish there could be many more presentations as this POV PBS show. Great work, showing the humanity and humility of the man.

—  (Wichita, Kansas)


Just finished watching this with my hubby and two labs. There was not a movement the entire showing! What a wonderful story of a young man's determination to pour his thought into song.

—  (Reno, Nevada)

Johnny & June entertained the troops

Johnny and June came to RAF Weathersfield air force base in England in the early 60's. I think the time was before they were married. We had a small club so the show was up close. June did the peppy warm-up and then Johnny came in and sat on the edge of the low rise club stage and sang for an hour or so. They gave us a great show. This was during the time of Elvis in the army in Germany, the Beatles were just beginning to roll, Sonny and Cher came to London, and LuLu and the Lovers (To Sir With Love) appeared at the same club just before or soon after.

—  (Oakridge, Tennessee)

The People's Singer

I had been mesmorized by his voice since before I can remember. Then I first got to see him play Neyland Stadium in Knoxville around 1980. It held "only" about 85 thousand people at that point. As a 10 year old, it amazed me that that many people would come to see one man play. I wondered if that many would come for the President.

I then got to see him again around 1996 at the House of Blue's in Atlanta, just before the Olympic's. It was, I believe, in support of the first or second American Recordings albums. I was standing in this club, full of young college kids, cowboys, biker looking types and one guy in a blue mohawk. After 40 years, his music had reached so many different people.

—  (Memphis, Tennessee)

Johnny Cash and Bill Monroe

Saw Mr John Cash at two concerts.

The PBS film was excellent.

Suggest Doing similar show about Bill Monroe.

Many similarities of lessons to be learned from these two men and the people who they teamed with. Believe there are Bill Monroe public funded documentary films made at Bean Blossom, Indiana in 1980s.


Johnny at Saratoga Fair

I was 12 or 13 when I first saw Johnny perform at the fair in Norwich, NY. Throughout the years, my husband and I have seen him at Saratoga Fair, Westchester PremierTheater, and Saratoga Performing Arts. We are in our sixties and still play his music; we love to watch any show with Johnny and June. Our daughter was raised on his music.

In the seventies I was in nursing school and needed to take a course in English writing. I chose to write an article about Johnny's performance at Saratoga Fair that we had recently seen. Newspapers had reported that 30,000 people had attended that show.

That was by far the most wonderful show I ever saw. One could tell Johnny had a great gift from God and he loved what he did. Presenting Johnny this way--what a great tribute! I felt like I was standing beside him as he was singing. Thank you so much!

—  (New York)

Influenced by The Man in Black

I was about seven when I first remember my step Dad playing Johnny Cash... and I'm sure I must've heard him a thousand of times - in the background. Later on when I was 18 and while marching in formation at USAF basic training, I found myself making a cadence/march to the tune of Folsum Prison. It, Like Johnny's verson, was a hit! Well, at least with the guys in my squadron...!

The show (POV JC: The Man, His World, His Music) tonight was AWESOME. Think I'll go to sleep tonight with a CD playing... now, which one will it be...?

—  (Chicago, Illinois)

God's Troubador

Great, great documentary! Well done, PBS. We appreciate you so much.

Johny Cash is a spiritual, or religious, experience for me, and many others. He is of the lowly and of the most high -- he is both, as we all are. He had more exposure than most of us, and was able to share his trip on the mountain, and the dark valleys he traversed alone . . . and I/we stayed with him.

Thank you, PBS. You are so treasured, just like Johny and June Cash!

—  (Wichita, Kansas)

The Johnny Cash Show

Ring of Fire had to be the first song of his I heard, on the radio. I wore out the album.

I was in high school in Nashville when the weekly Johnny Cash TV show hit, shot at the old Opry House downtown. My cousin and I got to probably every show. It was great.

When he'd come out on the stage, his presence would elevate my heartbeat, all of my senses. He was so BIG, and handsome! He always wore the long black suit coat and boots, and he moved gracefully. His face lit up when he sang. He was in charge. With his love and caring, we'd be ok.

—  (Chicago, Illinois)

just a memory

That show was great. It reminded me of watching the Johnny Cash show decades ago with my grandfather. My grandpa was a big fan. He and I would sit in the basement listening to the records. I was the only 10 year old in the neighborhood that could sing the words Folsom Prison Blues (much to the horror of my grandmother - my father thought it was funny)

—  (Brooklyn, New York)


I enjoyed last nite's PBS film about Johnny immeasurably.

Unfortunately, I only saw Johnny and June Carter Cash in person once with my late wife. That was some 25 years ago at The Garden State Arts Centre in New Jersey.

Johnny's music epitomizes what life is all about.

—  (Port Reading, New Jersey)

Who was the kid that Johnny Cash helped?

In the documentory, Johnny listens to a young man play his guitar and harmonica and then helps set the young man up with a recording session at one of the record companies. I was wondering who the young man was and did his music career take off from there.

—  (Grass Valley, California)

Loving Johnny Cash

My husband and I love Johnny Cash and we listened to him often while going to college at Eastern Washington University. I hear his great music on KEXP (the university of washington local station) sometimes. I love that his music talks about God. My dad told me that my great grandmother grammy ann loved listening to Johnny Cash. My husband and I love Johnny Cash's music and the fact that he lived by principles and convictions. We love the Folsom Prison album.

—  (lynnwood, Washington)

Johnny Cash film 'a gift'

The airing of the Johnny Cash 1969 film on POV was such a gift to your viewers. Elfstrom's talent to convey Cash's humanity is remarkable--thank you for reviving this piece of American art about an American legend.

—  (Maine)

Time Capsule

The first record I listened to was "Ring of Fire." I'd never seen a 45 before and I remember playing it over and over on my friend's player. I was probably eight years old. It was such a profound experience that I remember almost everything about that morning. The second time a Cash song hit me with such impact I was walking along State street near the University of Wisconsin campus with my adult daughter. Young people with piercings and hair dyed various colors; the contemporary experience of youth gathered in front of shops and bars. "I Walk The Line" blasted out of a second floor apartment to the street below and the same rebel youth began to sing as if the whole thing was orchestrated. In that moment I understood Cash and his ability to trancend time. John R. is on my ipod and the first song of each tailgate party. People stop and listen; time stands still. I am forever young.

—  (Delafield, Wisconsin)

grandson's question

I'll always remember waking up to country music when my father turned on the radio each and every morning, even until I moved out on my own in '68. I especially liked listening to Johnny Cash and admired him for his comeback from his addiction. I was watching the POV film last night with my grandson, and he really got into it. Afterwards he asked how Johnny got the scar on his lower right jaw. I replied that I never thought anything about it and that it may have been a dimple. I'm not so sure now. Can you clarify this for us?

—  (West Columbia, South Carolina)

Ring of Fire

I had previously posted about my love for Cash and my appreciation for this film. In that post I wrote a brief laundry list of moods or attitudes that Cash's music is an appropriate soundtrack for, but I left out the greatest one. Johnny himself, in this film, identifys love as the greatest driving force in music. On November 11th, 2001 I proposed to my future wife Marissa in the rock n' roll concert hall Irving Plaza in NYC during a performance by edgy punk rock band Social Distortion. I waited for the encore, which I knew would be their cover of the timeless June Carter penned Johnny Cash classic, ring of fire ("our song"). Needless to say she was perplexed by my request to find a uncrowded corner of the hall, but it worked!

—  (Staten Island, New York)

Great show!

I also remember my Mom playing Johnny Cash records in the house when I was a kid and he was the only record my Mom plated, he was so cool!

My favorite part of the film was his ability to charm that crow, just amazing!

I wonder if he had any kids and what they're doing now. Thanks for the show, excellent!

—  (Brooklyn, New York)

Johnny Cash an Icon

What a gift being able to put words on paper and have them take life in the form of a song. Have loved his songs for many years. This was a tribute to an amazing man.

—  (Elizabethtwon, Kentucky)

I was "Country" back in the 40's.

I listened to WLW (Chicago) and WCKY (Cincinnati) when I grew up in Detroit in the early 40's. I heard Johnny when he started in the 50's and I've been a big fan ever since (unlike most of my friends who were pop music fans). I finally got to see him at Detroit's Cobo Hall around 1970, from way up in the top of the stands. Johnny's singing had feeling like much of the Old Country Music. It's that "deep emotional feeling" that he had that made alcohol and drugs such a problem for him. Sometimes the real world can be extremely challenging.

—  (Cincinnati, Ohio)

My Cash

My very first introduction to Johnny Cash was a studio performance on German TV in the late 60's. He performed his signature song "I walk the line" and I was hooked for life.

On February 28, 1972, two days after Johnny's 40th birthday, I saw the spectacular Johnny Cash show at the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt, Germany. Together with Mother Maybelle, June and her sisters, Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers, the performances are etched into memory forever.

In 1986 a much smaller Johnny Cash show came to Prince George, BC, playing at the Coliseum, a tiny facility compared to the Frankfurt hall. This show was much more personal in its format and featured Johnny, June and their son John.

I listen to his music on long drives and time just seems to fly. My favorite songs are: "Orphan of the Road" and "Mystery of Life"

I don't know the answer to the mystery of life, but a woman sure helps pass the time

simply brilliant. Johnny and June have touched me and enriched my life and that's a fact! I hope and wish that their spirits are together again in love, wherever that may be.

—  (Prince George, BC, Canada)

Young Canadian Singer In The Film

Like a few here , I too was wondering who the kid singer backstage was.

Soooo, did me alittle research and found out that his name was Don Freed.

Here's his wiki link:

—  (seattle, Washington)

Johnny Cash, My Hero

Over 50 years ago, I fell in love with Johnny Cash's music. He was just a young man then, but the older he got the more loveable he became. I was able to see him in person once in California. One of my favorite memories.

Over the years, he became a man of valor. He was sensitive to his audience, never forgot where he came from.

He was a down home man, who performed with such ease, soul, and his compassionate persona and faith was such an inspiration. His music was filled with the feeling as if he were living it for the first time.

He will continue to inspire me as I listen and one day it will be such joy to meet him in Heaven.

—  (Pocatello, Idaho)

A Latchkey boy's company wednesday nite

I left my birth place when I was two.

Always knew I was from down there. My grand-parents and all their kin loved me despite the circumstances of my birth and departure. They always lifted me up to the status of youngyn from just fatherless child.

I watched the Sunday morning gosple hour before church with my Grand Dad. He was my old man so I liked what he liked. Jimmy Rogers made recordings on State Street no doubt inspiring to The Carter Family, Tennessee Erney and many other lovers of Appalacian culture as well.

Growing up in the inner-city I took pride in my appalacain roots. I'd bring it up! Where you from I would ask? Well I'm from a specail place I'd say and Wednesday nites The Johnny Cash Show will be playing our kind of music. Check it out! And there would be Special Guest Ray Charles!

Mr. Cash and my Grand Dad sacrificed personally and professionally for thier beliefs To me they'll always be my Heroes!

—  (Gaithersburg, Maryland)

An American Icon

I remember Johnny Cash for as far back as I can remember. My mother and stepfather were always playing his music and we were in awe of him for his music and lyrics he sang. I really appreciate POV and PBS's efforts to let people of today know who he was. He is an American icon every bit as much as Mark Twain.

—  (NYC, New York)

Rock and Roller

I was the kind of 13 year old who's first 2 albums in 1969 were Jeff Beck, Truth (one of the best ever made) and Jimi Hendrix (Are you Experienced?). So, I got off to a pretty hard core rock start. They're still my favorites, it all went downhill from there, as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, as a lifelong rock musician totally dedicated to that driven sound, there were 2 exceptions, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. As corny as he looked back in the 60's, I never missed his TV show and even bought a "Boy Named Sue." What I found fascinating about both of them was their ability to transcend all forms of packaged music by their wit, genius and strength of character. The show tonight totally blew me away when it showed that clip of them recording together. I had no idea they even knew each other. What was so fascinating was the domination of Cash's voice in that encounter. Dylan didn't even sound like Dylan. It was as if he was trying to transform himself into something that would be more appealing to Cash. So, if the coolest dude to hit this planet since J.C. admired Cash, who's to argue this was a very special man.

—  (Silver Spring, Maryland)

The Legend

The first time I remember hearing any Cash was at Donny O'Neal's house in Wingdale, NY (RIP buddy) back in the late 60's and Ring of Fire has been one of my favorites ever since. Tonights show was the best I have seen on POV, keep up the good work. The recording of Jackson with June at Folsom is the best. Thank you PBS.

—  (Fairbanks, Alaska)

J.C & J.C.C

A true living movement in the heart and a tear in the eye of living memeries, while singing along tonight.
Thank you.

—  (Stanwood, Washington)

Blue collar roots!

I was born in India, my family moved here when I was 4. My folks busted their asses (pick'n grapes) for a living to give us what we have now. My mom now is a RN Supervisor for CCWF State Prison, and my brother is a sergent at the same prison. Johnny Cash has helped me through some seriously hard times, especially right now with my home in foreclosure and the economy being the way it is. He tells you (through his songs), right from wrong (street wise), hard times and how they work in the long run, he always showed me to expect the worst so when something good happen it was an act of god. If theres anything I could do in my lifetime now, it would be to shake this "Dead Mans" hand....It's Ol'Johnny, the man that saw everyone equally.

—  (Fresno, California)

Many Memories

I am near the same age as Johnny.

When I was in the Army and in Korea a friend of mine and I listened to Johnny every day and night. He had a record player that would play six L.P. (33 RPM)records so we would load it at night at lights out and listen to Johnny all night.

It was in his foot locker and turned down low. John was and still is my favorite country singer. I only listen to Country for the most part. Good program tonight. Keep up the good work.

—  (auburn, Washington)

Johnny Cash - As Real As It Gets

I remember hearing "I Walk the Line" in 1955 and racing down to the record shop in Deep River, CT to find his very first Sun Records LP, "Johnny Cash - With His Hot and Blue Guitar!" Later, I bought every Cash record I could find, 78's, 45's, LP's. He spoke straight to the core of things, honest and pure and with a voice that demanded attention. I was fortunate enough to see him in concert a few times, including a show he performed for the troops in Vietnam in 1969. Thank-you PBS for sharing this movie, recorded while his voice was still clean and youthful. It captures his zest and enthusiasm for life. Johnny Cash is a true American Treasure.

—  (St Simons, Georgia)

Always Trust The Man In Black!

Mr. Cash is my hero! Mr. Cash's music inspire me every day, his biographies have taught me so much, and his love for June is something special that only a few people have today. The first time I heard Mr. Cash was with my dad driving down the road and the song was "Daddy Sang Bass", when I heard his voice, I was hooked. I am even more hooked today,it's like an addiction. I wish I could see Mr. Cash in concert, I have all the DVDs that are out with him in concert. This documentary was an excellent look into Mr. Cash's life! I cannot wait to buy a copy of his story!

—  (New York, New York)

Just when I thought I couldn't love John more...

Now I know why PBS is a national treasure. Instead of watching "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" I was lucky enough to stumble upon this documentary. I have been a Cash fan for more years than I care to recall and have always been struck by John's humility, compassion and intensity. There were so many moments in that film that blew me away. The scene where the camera stays on his face as he listened to the kid singing to him backstage was just amazing. The kid reminded me of Tim Buckley. If anyone knows who that kid was please post it here. The scene where he shot the crow and then decided to take it back to the house and see if he could fix it up was also wonderful. What a revelation.

Thank you PBS for making this available. I wish more Americans had the good sense and intelligence to appreciate their historic legacy.

—  (Huntington, New York)

Thank you PBS

I, too, was a loyal fan of Johnny Cash's TV show - never missed a week with husband and young kids - I especially liked the way he lit up when doing duets with June - you could feel the love between those two -

I have been enjoying his music for over 50 years and thank you PBS for a wonderful tribute to a wonderful American Treasure - Johnny Cash.

—  (Point Pleasant, New Jersey)

Something about this artist

There is something extraordinary about Johnny Cash. Not much of a fan of country music but his music and his life complex and rich. I love this music and admire his life and the way in which he loved. This film gets into who he was as a person and how he never hid who he was. Also reminds me of just how fantastic Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of him was (Walk the Line) totally on the money, including just the way he tipped his head up while singing just when he became aware of himself. His music reaches into the soul and has something to teach us about our own vulnerability. The world would be a different place if we could be as authentic as Cash. His music will live on forever. GREAT FILMMAKING. This filmmaker understands what he saw and interpreted brillantly. I love the camera perspective.

—  (Westport, Connecticut)

I was country when country wasn't cool.

I was in 5th grade and my mom worked at Montgomery Ward's (a department store). She came home with the "Live at Folsom Prison" album. I can remember the cover of that album to this day. Johnny Cash was my introduction to country music and I never looked back. I was listening to Orange Blossom Special and Cocaine Blues while my friends were listening to Peter Frampton and The Doobie Brothers! After "I Walk the Line" came out, my husband, myself, and my kids went to see it; I literally was on the edge on my seat the whole time; memories came flooding back when all those songs that are on the Folsom album were performed. That Christmas, my husband bought the "Live at Folsom Prison" cd for me. When Johnny Cash passed away, my nephew, who is a Marine, called me from Iraq early in the morning and said, Aunt Kathy.....he's dead. I had already heard. I wore black to work that day and took the CD cover from Folsom and burned a candle all day in my office. Of course people made fun of me but it didn't bother me in the least.....after all--I was used to being laughed at for listening to country music even when it wasn't "cool"!

—  (Athens, Tennessee)

The Love for Johnny Cash

We are watching Johnny Cash right now on TV and my 4-year old son is loving it! For almost 2 years now, he has loved Johnny Cash! It's the only thing that will keep him still! I have bought him every album that I can find in stores and online! Last Christmas, his favorite gift was a 8x10 black and white photo of Johnny with wallet size photos at the bottom. He has it hanging on his wall in front of his bed. Johnny Cash watches over him while he sleeps! If only the Man in Black were still alive today, he would appreciate the love that my son has for his music! It is truely a great story!

—  (Owensboro, Kentucky)

A measure of the man ...

Johnny Cash always remembered Luther Perkin's simple but critical role in creating his signature sound. I saw Cash in person only once, at a very moving concert in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, shortly after Luther's tragic death. The year was 1968 (an earlier post by Thelma, in Maine, knew the day and month but was questioning the year). It is a measure of the man that he continued to send Luther's pay cheque to his widow for quite a time afterwards. (In time, Luther's role was adeptly assumed by Bob Wooten - which name I think Jim from Canada was asking about.)

—  (Canada)

still in our hearts

still recall all of their music and shows.from N.Y to FLA the orange blosom special bet he rode it home.still love and miss you john.see you both when i come home.

—  (Somerset, Kentucky)

Love the Man in Black

All I remember is was when I was a young one, He happened to be the first country singer I ever listened to. I couldn't get enough of him. We traveled alot so the radio was on all the time. Mom & Dad at times got real tired of listening to the same songs over and over, but I loved every minute of it. Too bad now days, that we don't have that kind of unique sound anymore. I still listen to the older music, than todays stuff. Love that Man in Black.

—  (Louisville, Kentucky)

Johnny Cash The Man Who Knew What It Was Like To Find THE ONE ,TRUE ONE GOD Created For Him

I have great respect for this man I was actually born the year this documentary was recorded , but I grew up with a grandma who loved the Grand Ol Oprah and HEE HAW and of course Johnny . I'm glad that he allowed his life to be an open book like he did because it has showed me that some of us marry believing that the stories we herd about THE ONE aren't real and we settle for the best we think we have found ,but God has created ONE for all of us, one that finishes our words and or thoughts ,one who flows through every day with us ,one who we have a complete understanding of why they do everything they do , Loving them with a love like no other,unconditionally as Jesus Love's us without even thinking about it. Just to see them brings a peace like no other , to hear them makes our heart jump in jubilation . May God Bless Johnny and June always in Heaven for ever .I only hope that everyone some day can feel a love as this and know The ONE is REAL and brings a peace like no other ever can.

—  (St. Louis, Missouri)

Johnny Cash---gentle talented giant

Years of enjoyment- the real country sound! Thanks PBS for this film tonight, brings back lots of good memories and great music.

—  (St. Louis, Missouri)

My View

I just viewed "The Man, his world, his music". I am a a lover of all great music and musicians with classical music on the top. But I love Jonny Cash and I loved your program.............Bravo!!!!!!

—  (South Hero, Vermont)

forever a fan...

I remember watching The Johnny Cash show as a very young girl and hearing his music on my dad's stereo. I had "A boy named Sue" on 45 and played it to death and can still sing it word for word to this day. I was and still am entranced whenever I hear that voice, that style, and can't take my eyes off him when I see him on film. An extraordinary storyteller with a unique voice, an amazing man.

—  (Newport, Kentucky)

A Wonderful Treat

How terrific to come home tonight and find this marvelous PBS special on Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Thank you for this refreshing oasis amidst so much mindless commercial programming on a hot summer night.

—  (St. Louis, Missouri)

An Evening To Remember

In 1965 my boyfriend, Jerry, asked me if I liked Johnny Cash. "Who is Johnny Cash?" He could not believe that anyone could not know J.C. We went on to follow Johnny and June and had the joy and honor of seeing them perform in St. Louis at The Fabulous Fox on more than one occasion. To see their love and excitement while performing Ring of Fire was truly the pinnacle of their performance. At the conclusion of the song in one show Johnny swept June up in his arms and bestowed a passionate kiss much to the enjoyment of the audience.

Tonight my husband, Jerry and I are still enthralled by the Man in Black . . . After 42 years of marriage I truly know who likes Johnny Cash! Thanks for this very special evening.

—  (Hawk Point, Missouri)

1958 Senior trip/Nashville

40 small town kids in a tour bus stopped at Nashville for the 1st night on the way to Daytona Beach Fl. Johnny Cash was on stage at the Grand Ole Opery. He performed "Be Bop Be Bop Teen Age Queen". We were seated down front and up close. We would not let him leave the stage. We would stand and cheer, whoop and holler, until he would repeat yet another chorus. We will hold our 50th class reunion this month (Labor Day) and I'm sure Mr. Cash will be on our minds. What a great show on POV-PBS tonight. Thanks for the great timing and the great memories.

—  (Desloge, Missouri)

Passing on Traditions

I started listening to Johnny Cash because he was my grandfather's favorite. Johnny was one of the first artists I uploaded onto my I-pod.

One morning, the teacher in the classroom next to mine heard me playing Johnny before school had started and told me that, he too had started listening to Johnny Cash because of his grandfather.

We teach the same team of students in an urban middle school and had a chance to play Johnny in class later that week. We were both surprised at how many of our kids already knew of Johnny's music - (Country music is not their first choice) Hopefully, they'll be watching this special in 10 years.

—  (Lansing, Michigan)

A moment in an elevator

In 1990-91 I believe, I was working on the railroad as a brakeman. The Cashs' were starring at the County Fair in Tri-Cities Wa.
The railroad bunked it's out of town employees at a local hotel. The Cash's were also staying there.
I had just tied up, and got onto the elevator. There stood Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, John Carter Cash and others in their entourage. I could not believe it! I stood there trying to figure out how to tell him how much his music had meant to me and my family. I finally just blurted out that his Bitter Tears album was my favorite. He looked at me in the eye and smiled and said it was his favorite also. He didn't have to even acknowledge me, a dirty tired blue collar worker. But he did, and I have never forgotton. Thank you Mr. Cash....

—  (Long Beach, Washington)

the johnny cash documentary

i happened on the last third of the cash documentary by accident last night and was enthralled by what i saw. please show it again before too long so i can see the whole thing. the man is a legend and america deserves it.

—  (Houston, Texas)

True Cash Fan

When i was 10 in 1964 my dad brought home the LP;"The best of Johnny Cash". I became a lifelong fan listening to the "man in black";he was an ICON and a musical GENIUS.Johnny loved his fans and his fans loved him and still do.
I saw him once live in Concert @ Cumberland County civic center on May5th,1979;in Portland,Maine.What a show;he grabbed the audience from first song to the last.
MOST of his songs bring back memories of my life at the time they come out.
SOME argue that he wasnt country;nor even a singer but in my book he loved what he did and loved his fans.How many stars can that be said about??

—  (Bridgton, Maine)

the light from the man in black

i wasn't a big fan of country music.but i was born in kentucky but moved north at an early age.i was a teen in the 80's,so i grew up listening to somewhat heavier music,but my dad was a cash fan ,and a i grew into a man,johnny grew on me.he was an absolute outstanding ispiration to the hard working folks across the land,and i came to cherish his wisdom of connecting the southern lifestyle into the modern era.his music was a godsend,and his dark interpretation of his views on life touched me,he will never be forgotten,and he is still a force to be reckoned with,thanks Johnny

—  (Van Wert, Ohio)

the bird for nashville

Who else but Cash would have the courage to give the Nashville "music industry" the bird. I'm sure those that knew that "bird" was directed to "them" regret it now. WAKE UP NASHVILLE! Respect your legends and COUNTRY music. By the way, I am a professional country musician in Nashville for 18 yrs.

—  (Nashville, Tennessee)

johnny "live from Frankfurt Germany,1981"

I was in the Army overseas from 1981-1983 and Had a chance to go see Mr. johnny Cash at The Festhall in Frankfurt, Germany. I had a Ticket for a seat located in the Third high section. Wanting to get a closer seat, even though it was a sold out show, I went outside and came in The Back Stage Door. I Brought my Minolta 35mm camera with me and had a 200mm lense on it.
I came to the front of the Stage and was taking pictures of the Entertainers, Then came Johnny. He spoke German to the crowd and they went wild for him. I was snapping pictures right up into his face from 2 ft away, I was shaking i was so nervous and happy to be this close to a GOD of Music and people all over. when he was done, I was Gazing up at him and he reached out and shook my hand. I was shaking and my hands were cold, But his hands were warm like fire, inviting and embracing to the touch. I have these pictures i want to share them with PBS and the world. I loved the show tonight

—  (Stamford, Connecticut)

The embodiment of "charisma"

So much is said about charisma today; esp. during this election year. In the true sense of the word, it means fulfillment with the Holy Spirit, and this man has it. In addition to his size, rugged good looks, and incredible voice and song-writing talent (sheer poetry), there's such a touching vulnerability about him; you can truly read his emotions in every expression of his eye or twitch of his mouth. You know he could be One Bad Dude, but he was so sweet and respectful with June and others; even animals trusted him. He's the perfect combination, in my opinion, of strength and gentleness. I must be getting old, because I find him SEXY...

Thank you, as always, PBS and POV, for bringing us *intelligent" and engrossing television; what used to be the norm is now a rarity, and you're one of the few.

—  (Louisville, Kentucky)


Your Johnney Cash public tv presention was spectadular! Thank you

—  (Port Charlotte, Florida)

You can go back home

I often wondered what happened to this film, I went to see it with friend of mine when I was 13 or something like that. His dad was a big fan and I knew Country & Western music through him, obviousl Johnny Cash was "the man". As a born again Christian, much later in my life, I wasn't really aware then of the Gospel's influence on Johnny Cash's music until both his and my later years. Although the big Hollywood production of his life certainly outlined the tumult and struggles he experienced, I did remember that this film profiled a much different person than Hollywood and TV offered. The influence of his early life as a sharecropper's child and the family values he learned as a youth and which he clearly is exploring here, along with the Lord's grace and mercy are clearly detailed in this excellent film which I'm so happy to see again as a chronicle of a gifted and truly inspired man. Thank you POV and public television.

—  (Hoffman Estates, Illinois)

A Timely Reminder.

Being from Arkansas, I grew up listening to Johnny C. I was a fan from the very beginning. As a teenager, I became instantly insane the first time I saw Johnny at the Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock. .......All through the years I have enjoyed his talents and musical gifts. In his later years, I was most prividged to see his show (including June C.) at a private party in Houston. He was obviously ill at the time, but presented a most memorial performance. In watching this POV TV presentation, I was so moved by the debth of the man. My heartfelt thanks to PBS and those responsible for this film.


Johnny Cash

I was in the USAF around the time this film was made and saw Johnny Cash and his band, June Carter Cash and Carl Perkins at the Ohio State Fair. It rained like a storm out of The Bible but Johnny never left the outdoor stage. He said "I'll stay here and sing as long as ya'll stay out there in your seats.". Well, we stayed and it was a show I'll never forget. Johnny Cash is an American musical treasure. But, I'd also like to know who that young singer was in the film. Whatever became of him? Did he have a successful career? Do we know him? Where do we get the answers?

—  (Oakland, New Jersey)

Thank God for tissues.

I am 75 yrs. old. I just finished watching the documental on Johnny Cash. I am glad that I had facial tissues next to my TV chair. Most of his songs brought tears to my eyes and lots of memories way back from the late 60's when I looked forward to the night when Johnny Cash show was on the air.
Thank you so much

—  (Omaha, Nebraska)

Simple yet profound

I'm not a fan of stars. But do enjoy many talented an gifted artists. Johnny first caught my attention on TV.

He appeared with Billy Graham. Johnny sang and Billy spoke veses from the bible.

It may be comon down south or in the mid-west. But not in Groton,CT. Where I come from. It seemed so natrual and honest it made me remember both men.

As time moved on so did both men. I always listen when there names come up. Both fullfilled there call with eligance and faith. Both touching many that they will never meet, like me.

Happy to say I had a chance to say so.

—  (Groton, Connecticut)

Johnny Cash Was Miraculous

I am 60 and I have listened to Johnny Cash for more than 45 years. He transcends genres and taps directly into the humanity of all people.

One of the finest musicians and finest people to have graced the American landscape.

—  (Pasadena, California)

Who's Johnny Cash?

I was working at a restaurant and it had an old juke box. The owner always played "Ring of Fire". I had grown so sick of it, until I saw the movie. Now I can't get enough of him. I have bought all his cd's. I watch whatever specials I can find of him and can't get enough of "Ring of Fire". I love his story. He is such a talented man. I wish I were alive when he was just coming out as a musician. It seem like a special time with many talented musicians.

—  (Redondo Beach, California)

Two greats met

What a wonderful thing that Johnny Cash met a filmmaker whose talent and craft matched the musician's. Had Robert Elfstrom and Cash not crossed paths, we would not have this unique and priceless record of a national treasure. I did not understand Cash's enormous popularity, or appreciate his extraordinary gifts and the rich palette of his life until I saw Elfstrom's riveting portrait.

—  (Los Angeles, California)

Songs Of Comfort

I've heard Johnny Cash ever since I can remember. Sometimes on the radio. We couldn't afford any of his records. My Mom and Dad had ten mouths to feed. I was always mesmorized by the sound of his voice. Gravelly, yet soothing. You could get lost in the melody and lyrics. They shared your miseries with you and shared your joys. Even when I couldn't get him on the radio, I could still hear him because many of the lullabys my Mom would sing to my baby brothers and sisters were of the same kind of music. When I am most troubled and I need to feel some peace in this crazy world, I put on some Johnny Cash and know that my Mom's lullabys will forever sooth and comfort future generations.


Voice of Thunder, an accord of depth

My family of 7 was struggling to raise ourselves back up in the 60's from the brink of destitution that a gambling father had plummeted us to.

Our mother had the sensibility to 'take the reigns' and get a more substantial parttime job, as Assistant Manager at a nice little apartment house near downtown L.A., and we listened to music on a beautiful recordplayer after school and on the weekends, as we tidied up our own place, and scrubbed and rented out the apartment to people who were fascinating, from all over the world.

Johnny Cash's voice struck a deep accord of a man that was down on his luck, but sure was NOT going to 'give in' for a minute. There was pain toned wih thatglimmer of relief that we'd all 'make it on through' the roughest of times.

So this little 10 yr old ate Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup, piled up high and yummy with crushed saltine soda crackers to the tune of "Ring of Fire".

"I went down



and the flames went up higher..."

that thundering ole voice makes me smile still...

All 5 of us are doing good now, and our folks rest up top

peaceful and sweet.

Thanks Johnny,

—  (Los Angeles, California)

a new generation listening to the music of Johnny Cash

Finding out that your teenage sons listen to the music of Johnny Cash. I have two teenage sons and both listen to the music of Johnny Cash. Both of the boys know the words of the songs like " get a rhythm" and they have listened to many songs enough to know the words. I am proud to say the music he made I found a enjoyment through my sons.

—  (Oxford, Ohio)

An Extraordinary Evening!

Thank you for this extraordinary viewing - I first started listing and watching Johnny in the 1950's (my parents were fans). I've collected and read more than 11 books about Johnny and June and remembrances written by themselves. Their values, love for each other through the good, the bad and the ugly are an inspiration to me - showing that God truly meant for them to be together as friends, lovers and helpmates. What more could you ask for?

All I can add is thank you once again!
Can this story be purchased??? I hope so.

—  (Irvine, California)

Hero Worship

I saw John three times, once as a senior in high school, at the Gibson County Fair in Princeton IN, in the early sixties. I sneaked back stage just before the show, saw him fidgeting about the narrow cat walk behind the black curtain. He was about to peel around the drape waiting for the Statler Brothers to finish thier last warm up song. It was just the two us, he was smoking a cigarette, and was nevous as a cat, he put those black eyes on me, it rattled me, I was afraid he was dying, he could not have weighed more than 160lbs. He had hooked up with June and put on some groceries when I saw him again ten years later, I was up front and to the side of the stage during an afternoon concert and he gave me that black eyed askance again. I swear he looked like he could whip the ass off an elephant.The last time, several years later, was at one of his last concerts with the band and June in Indy, as birthday present from my middle son who is also a long legged guitar picker tunesmith. I shook his hand that night, and bit my lower lip, knowing our forty year stare downs would be soon, comming to an end. I told my son "Don't ever be mesmerized by Hero worship, it's juvenile and always misplaced,......cept'n maybe for John R. that is"

He sure was hammer swinger.

—  (Indiana)

The Legend of the Simple Ameriacn

this man, johnny cash, will have the most influential effect on you with understanding the root of our love for this country. He indeed was true to the America that we all fight for. The effects of his music explain the durability of endurance and suffering of the people of the USA. We too have our own hardships, yet neglect to address them, in favor of helping others even less fortunate. Cannot understand why such a man from so little could give so much hope in words of song. Makes This man simply appreciate My life in this country all the more. God Bless You, Mr. John Cash! You told truth.

—  (Wisconsin)

My Hero Johnny Cash

I love Johnny Cash & his music, but even more, I admire his being the voice of those who had no voice. His was a voice of "the poor and the beaten-down, livin' on the lonely, hungry side of town," and" just so we're reminded of those who are held back, up front there ought to be a Man In Black." Thank you Mr. Cash, thank you for all you did. I am an elementary school teacher, and I can tell you that there is a big group of kids in northcentral Wisconsin that know all about The Man In Black.

—  (Eland, Wisconsin)

Cash and Dylan

Our parents played music together when we were little, they often performed Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan songs. I've always loved listening to both artists but before watching this hadn't really thought about what their music meant to my mom and dad. The movie gave me insight into their heroes. The one scene, with Cash and Dylan performing together - amazing.


A Life long fan and admirer

I became a fan of Johnny Cash back in the mid fifties, I had listened to Hank Williams on the radio and when he died I kept on listening to his music and when they started playing Johnny Cash with his own unique sound, I became a lifelong fan and have attended about 8 live shows from the early 70's with Mother Maybelle and the Carter family, Carl Perkins and in a later show Marty Stewart and others, I saw his last live show in 1997 and I remember seeing him get into his bus and Bob Wooten his guitar player and brother in law was driving the bus. Johnny was the best and we will not see his equal again. The chisled sweating face, with the nervous cough and twitch, standing tall in his black outfit and playing his black guitar high up on the neck.

—  (Swanton, Vermont)


I'm 47 and, though never a fan of country music as a whole, I grew up nurtured by Johnny and June Carter Cash's music and values. What struck me most about the man was his presence. He simply commanded attention. And yet he was humble. I remember when he met President Nixon at the White House, it was on the news. Johnny Cash was quiet and humble, almost shy, and respectful toward the president. Yet his presence commanded attention away from even the leader of the Free World. The news story couldn't have lasted more than a few seconds, but the images have remained imprinted in my memory for 30-and-some-odd years.

—  (Amherst, New York)

Loss of a great guy with a heart!

I have listened to and have been to a number of Jonny and June's shows, and I was absolutely thrilled with this documentary. Great job to all. Too bad that PBS is no0 longer available to those with satellite tv for travelers. We watched on a friend's who is stationary. Surely wish we could get it again. We miss good programs like this one and Huell Howser and Californis Gold.


A Great Inspiration

My name is Lexi I am 14 years old and I have been SO inspired by Johnney Cash and June Carter. How they shared those special moments with everyone. I was especially inspired by their love story, how they stayed together through the hard times with the drugs and everything else. He has inspired me to go for my dreams and not be afraid to make a difference in others lives. Johnny Cash is my hero and too bad he's not here today so he could touch others lives as he has touched mine. If I could tell Johnny Cash 1 thing I would tell him thank you for changing my life as well as the ones I will end up changing in the near future. Even though Johnney Cash is not with us he is because of the lives he has touched, like mine as well as many MANY others to come.

—  (Levelland, Texas)

Bill Remembers Johnny Cash

My earliest recollection of Johnny Cash was in the back seat of my father's 1949 Oldsmobile listening to the radio playing "I Walk The Line" and "Don't Take Your Guns To Town". Some years later when "Ring Of Fire" came out, it absolutely floored me...I eventually saw him and the whole troupe live at Madison Square Garden in December 1971...I spent my last $4 for a seat up in the balcony. I went on to a full-time performing career myself, and for the past 9 years I've been working at Bally's Wild, Wild West Casino in Atlantic City...the most requested song we've gotten in the past 9 years has been "Ring of Fire"...sometimes I have to perform the song 4 times a night! Johnny Cash is still the most requested artist the audience asks for. Johnny Cash is a close second to Hank Williams in terms of influence and impact on Country Music.

—  (Old Bridge, New Jersey)

Up Close - 1964

I was in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Port Hueneme, CA in the Spring of 64. Johnny Cash put on a show at a local college and we got discount tickets through the USO. When we arrived on a Navy bus, we were told the show was sold out & there was no space for us. After a few minutes we were ushered in to sit on the floor in front of the front row seats. What an experience, I was already a big fan, but that was the best! We heard that he refused to do the show until we were seated, but never verified that. He also did a special version of I Walk The Line, involving holding his pants up with a piece of twine, I'll never forget it.

—  (Peachtree City, Georgia)

In the Rain

Back some years Nassau County Parks sponsored free outdoor concerts. One that I remember well was in Lido Park. June was singing and everyone was sitting on blankets. The skies opened and the rain fell. No one moved. June said I am here to sing for y'all and that's what I'm going to do. That was the best concert and devotion to fans that I've ever seen.June Carter all wet? And not missing a chord or smile? That's why she and Johnny have always been number one to me."When I walk out the door each morning--ready to face the days turmoils--I think of Johnny and June and look into the air. When I think my life is tough,,they are always there."

—  (Long Island, New York)

The Young Canadian Singer Backstage

To everyone asking about the young Canadian singer that Mr. Cash listened to backstage: I followed a wikipedia link that someone else had posted previously, and by following a link in that article, I found the young man's current website @ Today, Don Freed is Canada's Everyman songwriter and bard. His songwriting is influenced by his life growing up on the western plains in Canada as someone with Aboriginal and European ancestry... similar to Johnny Cash's early adversities.

—  (Amherst, New York)

Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan

I was watching the special you put on POV Johnny Cash [the man, his world his music & right after he accepted the award for best album he interviewed a young man while they were having something to eat in a concrete block room, & I was wondering who the young man was, he said that he would get hiim an interview with columbia records. Could that have been Bob Dylan? Later on he did a duet with Bob Dylan.

—  (Gallatin Gateway, Montana)

A Prince Among Men

Truthfully, if it weren't for viewing the movie "Walk The Line" would not have heard of Johnny Cash.

I was busy tending to babies, my husband's taste was big band and mine was strickly drum corps or marching tunes. Now having discovered this magnificant performer am pleased he is part of my life.

He has a quality that is unique both physically and 'oh, those vocal cords!! I do love "Johnny Cash"!

I find that having discovered Mr. Cash, there is reason to laugh, reminding myself to have a sense of humor, and play his music every day.

Pleased that his legend is being carried on for us to enjoy.

—  (Massachusetts)

My Love for Johnny Cash

I remember listening to Johnny Cash when I was a teenager. My mother and Daddy loved him and his music. I wish I could've seen him perform in person. June Carter Cash too. They were perfect together in their music and family. I bought the movie "Walk The Line" and double pack CD,s and I watch anything on t.v. that has to do with Either of them. This film I really loved. I'm now 63 years old. It was like bringing in yesterday. Thank you so much for making this film for all of us Johnny Cash lovers to watch!!!!Linda in Kings Mtn.,N.C.

—  (King Mtn, North Carolina)

J.R. at Dyess Arkansas

I grew up with J. R. My father and his father were given the 20 acres and a mule. We were in the same class from the 3rd grade through the 11th at which time I couldn't stand to look at another row of cotton. I dropped out of school and went in the Army for 20 years. Three of us were best of friends and all used initials for a name, A J Henson, J. R. Cash and J. E. Huff. The A J was all the name that I had. Seeing the film and going back to Dyess was really a good trip for me. I have worked with a groupe of people from Dyess to build a Dyess/Johnnie Cash Memorial. We still have a long way to go, but I think our dream will some day be a reality.

—  (Bartlett, Tennessee)

I fell in love with Johnny Cash's Music

This is going to sound lame, but I only just discovered Johnny Cash 2 years ago because of the movie Walk the Line. Now, I'm very excited that PBS is airing Johnny Cash's life, music, home videos and on the road videos. He's cheered me up a lot and has changed my life for the better. Because I love his music my fiance' Jon appreciates it too. Johnny Cash was and still is the epitome of Cool!! I'm 36 years old and I love him and his music. May his music and spirit always live on. Thank you so very much PBS for letting all of us share in seeing Johnny Cash's personal life. It meant a lot to see it. Anything else you can show on PBS with Johnny Cash? Like maybe a concert? I love the songs Get Rhythm, I Walk the Line, Wanderer, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Folsom Prison Blues, Big River, Man in Black, One Piece at a Time. Etc.. I wish I had the opportunity to meet him in person. But unfortunately he passed on into God's Great Kingdom. (As Johnny Cash would say?)

—  (Michigan)

Johnny's songs are from the heart to the heart!

I didn't know this film was going to air. I was flipping through the channels being bored and stumbled on Johnny Cash already in progress! I have been listening to Johnny Cash since about 1968 on my Dads' eight-track tapes. His songs are from the heart to the heart! I drop what I am doing when I hear a Johnny Cash song. Please air again.

—  (Pontiac, Michigan)

God Bless Country and J.C.!


—  (Tucson, Arizona)


I wanted to express my thanks for airing this film. Being given the gift to see Johnny and June hanging out being themselves, and of course on stage performing was a treasure. Being a brain cancer survivor, everytime I see footage or listen to Johnny it inspires me to be a stronger person. And who can't love the love that John and June carried with them for so many years! Thank you for broadcasting this story!

—  (Edmonton Alberta)

Johnny Cash a National Treasure

I am 72 .my 2 favorites Edith Piaf and Johnny Cash, both real people.Giving 100% each performance. And yes I cried watching this film Thank you.

—  (Detroit, Michigan)

My Man Johnny Cash

my father was a truck driver in the 50's and turned us kids onto Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. My first memories of John R. Cash were "Hey Porter" and and "The Wreck of the Old 97", and when a local store went out of business, I bought all of their Johnny Cash library. He is an American treasure.

—  (Birmingham, Michigan)

Yay for OPB

I was about to turn off the TV when all of a sudden I see Johnny Cash holding a blackbird and a rifle and singing about leaving his woman.

Needless to say, I'm still sitting here watching; I haven't even bothered to check back on the Olympics once!

—  (Portland, Oregon)

The Best Gift!

My parents divorced when I was very young, and I never knew my father. I was however left his record collection. I started listening to Johnny Cash at six. I would play his albums over and over in some great hope that it would make me closer to my unknown father. I look back and can thank a unkown father for the best thing he could have left me. The start of a grand love for a voice then,now and forever in my heart.

—  (Las Vegas, Nevada)

I am so touched by the man shown in the film.

As was said previously, until I saw this beautiful and touching portrait of him, I was not aware of the depth of the man's humanity, and now understand why he was so loved. He touched me to the core...what a beautiful portrayal of a generous and good soul. The movie did not come close to showing it! I was particularly impressed by the words of the songs, which I assume he wrote himself--as they showed a mystical side of Cash!

I loved the way he handled the wounded crow.

Thank you for unforgettable experience!

—  (Las Vegas, Nevada)

My First Dance

My parents, aunt and uncle took us kids with them when they went to dances in L.A. I was 3, and my sister almost 5. We held hands and danced around, had a great time. Buck Owens was singing and playing guitar. In just a few years, we would see him weekly on Hee-Haw. My sister and I also danced to Johnny Cash- he was everyone's favorite. My Dad sang the words of Johnny's songs as he drove when we went on trips as he listened to the radio, and I remember hearing him sing the words of "I walked the LIne." I knew Johnny Cash was special, and really not just a good guitar player who could make a living doing something he enjoyed. Over many times it's said about Johnny Cash- his songs have the truth in them, people know this and love him for being so real in life through his music.

—  (Tualatin, Oregon)

Great Documentary On A True Legend

Love the down to earth feel of this documentary film. Johnny Cash can sing a simple song with a feel that no one else can. When listening to one of his songs I feel like I am on the same journey Johnny is on.

—  (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

The young Canadian in the documentary

I too was interested in the young Canadian in the story . After some research I found he is Don Freed so I wrote him...He wrote back..what a voice.I have seen this show twice and this time was able to capture a few words of the song that Don sang so started researching...More shows about Johnny Cash and the mans life are a wish for me...

—  (Hamilton, Ontario)

why shoot the bird and then try to tame it?

I was saddened to see Johnny shoot a little bird and then talk about fixing it's wing and taming it. Later he's shown prodding a white mule for no reason. A woman in the scene tells him to stop, that it's animal cruelty. I know he hunted, but this is just pointless and mean-spirited.

—  (Arroyo Grande, California)

An American Treasure

Johnny Cash is the soundtrack to America's 20th century life.

I first heard Johnny Cash when my mom would play him at home in the 70's when I was a kid from Palm Beach County, fl.

I wonder whether Johnny Cash realized that he would forever be an important thread of American musical history. He is an important part of our culture. I wish I could shake his hand.

—  (Orlando, Florida)

Johnny Cash, a great man of God

When I was on the road producing "Johnny Cash Ridin' The Rails, The Great American Train Story" for ABC-TV, I watched how people were drawn to John as we were filming, and how he took the time to talk with them, not as a star, but as a friend. One day I asked him, "What is it that draws so many people to you, what is it I keep seeing in you that is so special?" He answered simply, but profoundly, . . ."Jesus Christ".

When John found out I didn't have a Bible, he gave me a Bible. His insightful answers to my questions about the Bible reached me deeply, and John directly led me to Christ. One day I will be in heaven because Johnny Cash cared to take the time to teach me the Bible and introduce me to Jesus.

Years later John asked me to produce his recording of the Bible. Over the next year I sat in awe at each recording session to hear the words of the Bible read by John. Out of these sessions came "Johnny Cash Reading the Complete New Testament" an inspiring 19 hour recording on 16 CDs.

In John's trademark song "Man In Black" he wrote the lyrics, "I wear the black for those who've never read or listened to the words that Jesus said." Now, through the gift John left us of his recording of the Bible, everyone can listen to the words that Jesus said read by Johnny Cash, a great man of God.

—  (Nashville, Tennessee)

What happened

We really enjoyed watching the Johnny Cash movie. Excellent. My question is... what happened to the young man (I didn't get his name) who sang, played harmonica and wrote songs. He played one for Johnny around the middle of the movie. Johnny got him an audition with Columbia Records. Would like to know if he made it or not. He really was good. Thanks again for a great show. Taped it so I could watch it over and over

—  (Bloomfield, New Jersey)

Johnny Cash

I was unable to email thru pov at the public library but still I wish to let you know how very much I enjoyed the Johnny Cash show I watched this week --and which you said you would like comments on. My comments, very good,wish we could see more like this. Thanks

I used to always see Johnny Cash in person whenever possible

—  (Lady Lake, Florida)


You know, it's a small detail, but you can tell how much America has changed by looking at the teeth... everybody's teeth in this film are not quite perfect. They are the real people who didn't get teeth straightened, and learned to live with imperfections in a society that realized that to have imperfection was to be human, and a source of building strength. Like in the song "Boy Named Sue". Today everybody's kids get braces, and everybody names their kids Brad, Jennifer (or, now, Angelina.)

—  (Cleveland, Ohio)

Cash's contributions to American culture

In terms of the depth and breadth and quality of Johnny Cash's contributions to American culture, I think future historians will probably view him to be at least on par with Mark Twain. He was that great. I don't think we can really understand his greatness yet, but as time goes by, his unique contributions will become more obvious.

—  (Columbus, Ohio)

First Cash fan in Brooklyn

Well, maybe I wasn't the very first Johnny Cash fan in Brooklyn, but I must be close. In the Summer of 1956, an AM station played the top 3 country songs every weekend after the regular hit parade, and one Saturday morning, I heard I heard, from our ancient radio, an impossibly deep bass voice rumbling,
"H-m-m-m-m", to a shuffling beat, and I was hooked. I hopped on my bike and searched the record stores of Brooklyn until I found I WALK THE LINE on a 78 RPM. record. (We didn't have a 45 RPM phonograph.) 78 RPM records would disappear forever that year, and how I wish I still had that old Sun label 78 !
I finally got to see Cash perform live in Westbury, Long Island, in the Spring of 1997, and he was fabulous. I was just in time; his health began its its long decline shortly thereafter.

—  (Huntington, New York)

Johnny's Legend


—  (Collinsville, Oklahoma)

My life had good times cause of

I was born in 73. When growin up. My dad had his album. We listened to it once or twice a week. My dad realy had a good voice when he sang along with him. It was the time that the 6 of us kids had a good time. We grew up with 2 channels on tv. So we had lots of quility time aetn and kait was the 2 channels we only tv channels we had. Learned alot from aetn and kait was local news. Lots of times it was music. I remember lots of times we wanted my dad to sing along with Some songs for me made my eyes well up ! Being young didnt want others to means alot to me. Thinkin back it was the best of times of my childhood. Thanks aetn for bringin back those memorys. Lookin forward to more documentarys on

—  (Jonesboro, Arkansas)

Grandpa's Phonograph

The first time I heard Johnny was on my grandpa's farm on an old phonograph. He dropped the 45 on, and Ring of Fire started. I was hooked then even though I was only eight or nine at the time.
The next time I was exposed to Johnny's music was an unusual circumstance.
I was attending a catholic school, and during class, the nun who was teaching told us all about this song she heard and wanted us all to hear it.
She put a 45 on a phono in the room and of all songs, played "A Boy named Sue." She was smiling from ear to ear as it played, and even though I'm not sure what the song's impact was on the rest of the class, I was totally blown away, and I think it is one of the few memories I have where I actually learned something. I learned how important good music can be and what it can do for you. I also learned that even a nun could appreciate the fantastic writing, and performance of "A Boy named Sue."
As an amateur musician, I always try and sing some of Johnny's songs and always enjoy hearing his music from the old songs right up until his last recordings. The special aired was like finding a hidden treasure of gold.
What a treat it was for me and I am very thankful that it was aired.

—  (Crystal, Minnesota)

Cash and Dylan

Cash and Dylan were good friends. I am 63 and my two music icons through life have always been Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Growing up Johnny Cash music was always in the background. I took my mother (bless her soul) to three Johnny Cash concerts and still remember them well. Johnny recorded several Dylan songs. Johnny's renditions of "It Ain't Me Babe" and "Don't Think Twice" are great. Last year the University of Minnesota had a Bob Dylan exhibit. There was a film clip of Johnny and Bob singing duets in a hotel room. Thanks POV for the great show on a true American icon............

—  (St. Paul, Minnesota)

I miss Johnny Cash.....

I loved Johny Cash! I would have loved to have known him. I attended several of his concerts and shock his hand once. He's a true American Icon, a singer, a songwriter and a performer.

—  (Menlo Park, California)

The Best

I think Johnny Cash was one of the best if not The Best Country Music performer of recent times.

CM is not my favorite form of music, but I very much appreciate the music of Johnny Cash.

I believe his music touches a place in all of us.

—  (Phoenix, Arizona)

A man for all people

In the late 70's I worked for the radiology department as a transcriptionist for Madison Hospital in Medison, Tennessee and Johnny had to come there for a checkup as he was having heart troubles. I went to Dr. Lynn's office and who stood in the doorway talking to a cardiologist, but Johnny Cash and June! John Jr. was young at the time and was with John and June, but the radiology techs entertained him by running him up and down the halls in a wheelchair. I remember thinking how tall John was and what a presence he was. He just exuded charisma. June was very petite and had her hair very long and in a braid. They both had on leather jackets; hers bucksin and his black. It was heart stopping to see them both and I will never forget it. This documentary, that I had never seen before, really captures what I felt when I saw John. Another time I rode by his place on Hickory Lake and he was in a field on the riding a tractor. He waved at us as we went by and we waved back. That epitomized him...friendly and open. I think Johnny Cash is probably one of the American icons of all time.

—  (Lantana, Florida)

johnny gave me music

listening to johnny cash growing up i learned his sound and songs long before i knew his face. his music does something that modern music is sorely lacking, he had the ability and gift of painting a picture with his words. johnny had the ability to tell stories that in my opinion rival that of any great writer in history.johnny cash was an icon that no one can deny. no matter who you ask rapper, rocker,blues artist, or opera fan none can say he was anything but a true american visionary. being a musician i feel a certain unexplainable void has been opened. knowing that no matter how greatly the odds had been stacked aginst me before, now one of my heroes gone and i'll never get to sing with jonny.all i can hope for is that people remember the way i do, dressed in black with his guitar, singing songs about nature and life and the lessons he learned for all of us.

—  (West Monroe, Louisiana)

Birth of two daughters

I was born in the Baptist Hospital in Nashville Tennessee on 12/21/1955. June Carter Cash was also in the hospital having her baby girl. My Mom remember June beacuse she would go the nusery and sing to all the new born babies. My Mom always tells me how special I was that I had my own private concert sang to me ( and the other babies) by June. My dad was stationed in Nashville Tennessee and that was how I became born in Tenessee and the Baptist Hospitall acrss from the old Ryman Audoturium. As I grew up we we go to the grand old opre and hear the June Carter Sisters Play and then of of course later on John Cash. I was to little to remember but my Mom has told me the story so many times I feel like I can remember it. I dont know the name of the girl who was in the nusery with me but I always remember you on our birthdays.

—  (Pismo Beach, California)

Name of Young Singer

The young singer so many have asked about in the film is Don Freed

—  (Bolton, Massachusetts)

Johnny Cash In Concord, New Hampshire

I don't remember the year, but I saw Johnny Cash in concert when he came to New Hampshire. My mom was a HUGE fan, and dragged me along. I remember being embarrassed to go, since I was only a kid, and there were all these older people there... but I actually enjoyed the concert.
The moment I loved the most was when he hammed it up and danced across the stage with his guitar.
Another moment, was when he sang, "A boy named Sue", and he said, "Heck, I'd even call him Concord, but I wouldn't name him Sue!" I still remember that to this day...

—  (Cedar City, Utah)