J. R. Cash was born Feb. 26, 1932, in south Arkansas (Kingsland, Cleveland County) and raised in north Arkansas (Dyess, Mississippi County). Cash got his first radio exposure perfoming on KLCN in Blythville, Arkansas, as a high schooler. In his late teens, he moved to Detroit, and from there joined the Air Force as a radio operator in Germany. In 1954, he left the Air Force, got married and settled in Memphis. While working as an appliance salesman, he began recording for Sam Phillips and Sun Records in 1955 with the Tennessee Two. Soon, the Cash-penned hits started coming -- "Cry, Cry, Cry," and in 1956, "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk The Line." All of these made the top 20 of the country charts; soon, Cash's popularity branched to the public at large. His 1963 hit "Ring of Fire" reached the top of both the pop and country charts -- a harbinger of things to come. The song was co-written by his future wife, June Carter of the Carter Family, and Cash's version of the song scandalized the Nashville establishment with the inclusion of a trumpet. This was also a harbinger of things to come. Johnny Cash has become a living legend in his nearly 50 years in the public eye. Along the way, Cash has blurred the lines between country, rock, rockabilly, folk and gospel music -- and sold millions of records. He recorded with everyone from the Carter Family, Willie Nelson and Carl Perkins to Bob Dylan, U2 and Rick Rubin and he is the only man inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame. Through Cash's ups and downs, hits and flops, marriages and divorces, addictions and recoveries, he has never forgotten his Arkansas roots. In "Cash," a recent autobiography, the Man in Black waxes nostalgic of his days growing up in northeast Arkansas, where he learned to play guitar by watching family and friends and listening to fellow Arkansas native Sister Rosetta Tharpe on the radio -- all while picking cotton, and dodging cottonmouths, and listening to the panthers howl. He currently resides in Jamaica; a recent Rolling Stone article indicates he is recording a new album.