The Man in Black: Johnny Cash Quiz

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Country music legend Johnny Cash had a long and storied career. How much do you know about the father of outlaw country? Take this quiz to find out.

When was Johnny Cash born?

Cash was born on Feb. 26, 1932.

Where was he born?

Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas.

How many siblings did he have?

Cash was the fourth of seven children of Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree Cash.

What was his given name?

He was born J.R. Cash.

He had to change his name to enlist in this branch of the military.

When Cash joined the Air Force in 1950, he changed his name to John R. Cash because he couldn't have initials for a name.

How old was he when he started writing songs?

Cash started penning songs when he was around 12 years old.

With which label did Johnny Cash sign in 1955?

Cash signed to Sun Records, which was also the early label of Elvis.

What was the name of Cash's band in the Air Force?

The loose group of military musicians called themselves the Landsberg Barbarians.

Where did he meet his first wife, Vivian Liberto?

Cash and Liberto met at a San Antonio roller-skating rink in 1951.

Where did he meet June Carter, his second wife?

Carter and Cash met backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1955.

When did Carter and Cash get married?

They got married in 1968 and remained so until her death in 2003.

One day in 1956, Cash played an impromptu jam session in the recording studio with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and …

Jerry Lee Lewis was the fourth member of the "band."

What was the informal name of the group of musicians?

In 1990, the session was released under the name "Million Dollar Quartet."

What was Cash's first No. 1 hit?

"I Walk the Line" hit No. 1 on July 21, 1956.

What's the name of Johnny Cash's novel?

"The Man in White," about the Apostle Paul, was published in 1986.

Who was Cash's roommate in Nashville in the mid-'60s?

Cash and Jennings were roomies for a time.

Why did the federal government sue Cash in 1965?

Cash was the first person the federal government sued for starting a forest fire. He fought the charge but ended up paying $82,000.

What was Cash's longest prison sentence?

Cash was arrested seven times for various offenses but never spent more than a night in jail.

How did Cash usually start his concerts?

It was usually "hello, I'm Johnny Cash" and then straight into "Folsom Prison Blues."

What was Cash's biggest hit on the pop charts?

"A Boy Named Sue" was No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1969.

For which song did Johnny and June Carter Cash win a Grammy in 1968?

Johnny and June, then a couple, won their Grammy for "Jackson."

What was the very last song Cash performed live?

Cash played a set at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, on July 5, 2003, that concluded with "Understand Your Man." He died on Sept. 12, 2003.

Who wrote "A Boy Named Sue"?

Shel Silverstein, best known as a children's poet, wrote the hit.

Which singer bought Cash's house after his death?

Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees bought the Cash home in 2006, and it burned to the ground during renovations in 2007.

In 2015, a type of this species of animal was named after Johnny Cash.

A type of black tarantula that was discovered near Folsom Prison was named <i>Aphonopelma johnnycashi</i>.

What big country hit featured Cash with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings?

The "Highwayman" album (1985) was the first collaboration between the four country legends, who became known as the Highwaymen. The "Highwayman" single hit No. 1 on the country charts.

Where did Rolling Stone magazine place Cash on its list of "100 Greatest Artists" in 2010?

Cash placed 31st, between Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and Nirvana.

What was Johnny Cash's biggest country hit?

"Ring of Fire" was No. 1 on the country charts for seven weeks in 1963.

Which of Cash's songs was a bigger hit the second time it was released?

"Folsom Prison Blues" got to No. 4 in 1956 and made it to No. 1 in 1968.

What was Cash's final No. 1 country hit?

"Highwayman" topped the charts in 1985. As a solo artist, his last No. 1 was "One Piece at a Time" in 1976.

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