Sunday, Feb. 26 marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of Johnny Cash. With (maybe) the lone exception of Dolly Parton, there is no other country artist whose identity is as well known world-wide as Cash. From his beginnings on Sun Records all the way to his final recordings under the production of Rick Rubin, Cash maintained an honesty that few other artists have been able to match. He sang his songs for the working class and the underdog. According to the lyrics of this hit from 1971, the plights of those less fortunate was one of the reasons behind his legendary choice of stage attire. Here is the "Man in Black."
And one more, Cash's absolutely gut-wrenching cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt":