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Johnny Cash keeps the faith

The Story

Johnny Cash knew he was dying. He weighed just 154 pounds and was hooked on amphetamines and tranquilizers as a way to cope with the pressures of touring. But in 1967 he found the strength to kick the habit with the help of fellow musician June Carter and his faith in God. Eight years later, in 1975, Cash openly shares this past with host Elwood Glover on CBC-TV's Luncheon Date. In this wide-ranging interview, Cash explains his affinity with prisons, his childhood memories and his admiration for the musical Carter family. 

Medium: Television
Program: Luncheon Date
Broadcast Date: June 1, 1975
Guest: Johnny Cash
Host: Elwood Glover
Duration: 18:03

Did You know?

• Johnny Cash was born J.R. Cash in Arkansas in 1932. When he enlisted with the U.S. Air Force, he was forced to take a first name and chose John. Cash began writing music at age 12, and once he was discharged from military service his performing career began.

• Cash married fellow musician June Carter in 1968. He had proposed to her while they were touring together and onstage at a show in London, Ont.

• In this 1975 interview, Cash recalls his experiences at Memphis's Sun Records with fellow musicians Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. Those recording sessions were the inspiration for Million Dollar Quartet, a jukebox musical that debuted in Chicago on 2008 and was set to reach Broadway in New York in 2010. 




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