News Round Up: Happy Birthday J.R. Cash

  • On this day in 1932 Johnny Cash was born J. R. Cash in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Ray (1897–1985) and Carrie Cash (1904–1991)
  • The Boston Globe looks back at Johnny Cash’s pivotal and influential Rick Rubin produced American Recordings and finds the final American VI – Ain’t No Grave  the Man in Black’s most compelling.
  • Johnny Cash’s “Guess Things Happen That Way” was the 10 billionth song sold through Apple’s itunes music store. This milestone download earned Louie Sulcer, a 71-year-old retired real estate broker, a congratulatory phone call from Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs, a $10,000 iTunes gift card, a call from Rosanne Cash, thanking him for buying one of her father’s tunes. She then put her husband, the musician John Leventhal, on the phone to play live the winning song. (New York Times)
  • Rick Rubin Remembers Johnny Cash and reflects on Cash’s health, song choices and the just released final album American VI: Ain’t No Grave. (New York Magazine)
  • Just in time for the new release has gotten a slick new makeover.

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