||Johnny Cash, 'The Man in Black' passed away at Baptists Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee of complications from diabetes. He was 71.
Below are some of the thoughts from artists responding to his passing
Lane Brody (Scream Recordings)
I feel more than privileged to have performed in concert with one of Country Music's greatest legends. His memory will be eternal.
Steve Holy (Curb Records)
Johnny Cash is not only a monument to Country Music but to all genres of music. We all should be proud that Johnny Cash extended his talents as a gentleman and an artist to create the foundation of Country Music.
Cerrito (Checo Records)
I remember the first time I heard "Ring of Fire," I thought to myself, Johnny Cash is way ahead of his time. He was. Johnny Cash is a once-in-a-lifetime artist. His name will forever be etched in Country Music history.
Jeff Carson (Curb Records) Current Single: "I Can Only Imagine"
You know, two years after I moved to Nashville, I was in a guitar shop casually looking around and I just about bumped into this man (and he was dressed in black). When I turned around and realized who it was, I remember just standing their in awe. I kept pretending like I was looking at the guitars on the wall, but I just couldn't take my eyes off of him. I was just frozen. I'll never forget how I felt just to be that close to him. I guess that tells you the effect Johnny Cash had on me!
Daniel Lee Martin (ChinMusic Records) Current Single: "Homespun Love"
When I first heard the news today, they said the cause of Johnny's death was due to diabetes, but I think the real cause of his death was due to a broken heart. He and June are together again.
Johnny's passing hits close to home for me because my Dad used to play with him in the early years of his career. My dad was still in High School and Johnny hired him to play upright bass in his band (1955).
Our family spent time with Johnny and June in Florida back in the early 80's when they bought a home just minutes away from where we lived. We spent a lot of their time on the water with them and friends.
Just the other day, I was going through some old furniture that my mom had given me. One item was a book case. I found a book and in it was a folded napkin with Johnny's signature on it. Johnny had given it to my Pop one day at lunch. Today, it has a brand new meaning to me.
All I can say is I'm very, very sad today. Johnny Cash is a legend who inspired other legends. My heart is heavy and my prayers go out to the Cash family. He has made an impression on many people and their lives. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
Mila Mason (Twinbeat Records)
As a teenager, I did some modeling. I modeled in a number of charity fashion shows here in town. June Cash was very involved in the events. She had an exquisite collection of fur coats that Johnny had given to her as gifts over the years. She would let us use them as "accessories" for the fashion show. I remember going to the Cash home to try them on prior to the show. That's when Johnny made his first impression on me. I will always remember how I thought just in looking at him and observing how he reacted and responded to June, oh my gosh, this man is so in love with his wife. As a teenager I thought that! June and Johnny were in love from beginning to end. I am truly saddened by the loss, but my heart is happy to know they are together again. --