For nearly fifty years Johnny Cash reigned as the king of country music, but his influence spanned across several genres. The Man in Black—as he was known by his trademark all-black outfits—released his first singles on Memphis’s famous Sun Records in 1955. At the end of his career, before his death in 2003, Cash was collaborating with mega-producer Rick Rubin and covering songs from bands like Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.
Those four albums Cash made with Rubin are known as his“American” series, but his career and musical style are an important part of the American musical tradition. The eagle, clutching Cash’s acoustic guitar, on a black shirt is the perfect embodiment of the Man in Black.
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