Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Man In Black: Johnny Cash At Yamaha Online Services!

On August 23rd back in 1969, Johnny Cash began a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his live album "Johnny Cash At San Quentin", which of course is a live recording of his famous performance at the infamous US Prison. "The Man In Black" was known for his deep baritone voice, the rebel country sound of the Tennessee Three backing band, and of course his all black clothing.

His autobiography Cash tells the harrowing story of his early life on his family's cotton farm, the importance of music and family, his struggles with addiction, love, loss, and life. It's truly a remarkable read! Most of Cash's music speaks to sorrow, struggles with morality, and redemption; as is echoed in songs like "I Walk The Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", and "Ring Of Fire". On the flip side of this heavy hearted songwriting are a few hilarious and equally as catchy songs like "A Boy Named Sue", and "One Piece At A Time"- the former telling the story of a boy that finds and fights his runaway father in a bar for giving him a girl's name; and the latter about stealing the pieces to a Cadillac from the factory to build it at home "One Piece At A Time". It's also worth mentioning the country music classic "Jackson", which Cash recorded with his wife June Carter(of Carter Family fame).

Cash was a troubled but devout Christian, and somewhat of a Biblical scholar. He wrote a Christian novel titled Man In White, and made a spoken word recording of the entire King James Version of the New Testament. Late in Cash's career, he made critically acclaimed cover versions of popular Rock songs, including Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt", Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage", and Beck's "Rowboat". Johnny Cash passed away in September of 2003, nearly 4 months to the day after the passing of his wife June. Cash has the honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame. Join us in celebrating some of the essential songs from the Johnny Cash catalog in Yamaha MIDI format, and you can play along with "The Man In Black"!

Ring Of Fire

I Walk The Line

A Boy Named Sue


(Ghost)Riders In The Sky

I've Been Everywhere

Oh, Lonesome Me

Here's a video of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three performing "A Boy Named Sue" live at San Quentin!

We've got these MIDI songs by Johnny Cash and a whole lot more waiting for you at Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection!