“The Master of Life's been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given me life and joy where others saw oblivion. He has given new purpose to live for, new services to render and old wounds to heal. Life and love go on, let the music play.” — Johnny Cash, 1932–2003
The late great Johnny Cash is considered to have been one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. His distincitive, deep bass-baritone voice is associated both with his outlaw spirit and songs of sorrow.
Cash struggled mightily with alcohol and drug addictions, moving through periods of sobriety and back into using from 1968 to 1992, when he achieved long-term recovery.
“I tried every drug there was to try,” he said in a behind-the-scenes look at The “Johnny Cash Show.”
In the end, it was a broken heart and not his addictions that would bring his final breaths. After his beloved wife, June Carter Cash, died May 15, 2003, Johnny lived just another four months. He died Sept. 12 of the same year.