Johnny was first introduced to music by the every day sound of his mothers singing folk songs and hymns. Along with that Johnny also heard hymns sang by people working in the railroad yard near by. Hearing these types of music influenced young Cash and he absorbed it all. The influence of these songs would later show in Johnny’s life when he would draw from it to write the songs “Five Feet High and Risin” and “look at them beans”. Cash would stay in Dyess Colony until he set off for Detroit after he graduated high school to look for work in 1950. He found a job in Pontiac Michigan working at an automotive plant. That didn’t last long and then Cash went to basic training in Texas after he joined the Air Force. During Johnny cash’s time in the service he met his first wife Vivian Liberto. When he was shipped to Landsberg Germany he organized what would be his first band named the Landsberg Barbarians. After being discharged from the army in 1954 Cash moved to Memphis and got married. He worked a few different jobs while trying to get into the music industry. Cash went to Sun Records and auditioned as a solo artist for Sam Phillips. Cash wanted to sing gospel music but Phillips crossed that Idea out immediately. At Sun Records along with Cash were the other members of his group, the Tennessee Three. The guitarist was Luther Perkins, Marshall Grant played Bass and Red Kernodle played the pedal steel guitar. Cash released the song “Hey Porter”... [continues]
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