Johnny Cash - I Shall Not Be Moved

'The man in Black' was the nickname of the world famous singer Johnny Cash. This nickname refers to the black clothes that he always wore. Johnny Cash was born on February 26, 1932 as the son of Ray Cash and Carrie Rivers. His parents could not agree on his given name, so therefore they chose to use only two initials, J.R. The army however would not accept the initials as a name, so he changed his given name to Johnny.


Johnny Cash sings here a duet with a Navy lieutenant during a performance.

© Photo: U.S. Navy / Public domain


Music was in his blood. He had already written his first songs by the age of 12 years. He also started playing music when still a young boy. His first records were released in 1955, with reasonable success. Many songs and many successes followed. In all he wrote more than 1000 songs and although he wrote and sang songs in the music genres of rock and roll, blues and gospel, he became the personification of country music. Much of his songs became world-famous, for example :- I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, Solitary man, Jackson, Don’t Take Your Guns to Town, Orange Blossom Special, It Ain't Me, Babe , I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, The City Of New Orleans, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Happy To Be With You, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, A Boy Named Sue and many more…

Johnny Cash had always had the reputation of being a rebel. There exists a commonly accepted, yet false belief, that he served time in prison. He did not. But, he was arrested a few times for ‘minor crimes’. One of these was for picking flowers at night. Johnny Cash had, however, a strong feeling for the oppressed elements of society, for `Native Americans' and also for prisoners. He performed several times in prison where legendary albums such as `Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison' (1968,) and `Johnny Cash at San Quentin' (1969) were recorded.

Johnny Cash was a religious man. He was a Baptist. He himself said that his earliest memories were dominated by gospel music and radio. He recorded an album with the name `My Mother Hymn Book'. On this album there is a collection of songs which he learned from his mother as a boy. Johnny Cash explained later that this was his most favourite album he had ever recorded. In one of these songs he sings clearly God’s name.

Johnny Cash died on 12 September 2003. He was 71 years old.

We wish to quote from his song ‘I Shall Not Be Moved’




Artist : Johnny Cash
Label : American Recordings
Produced by Rick Rubin
Album : My Mother's Hymn Book
Song : I Shall Not Be Moved
Release date : 2004

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"The above mentioned quotations are presented in support of the fact that even today God’s Name is known and used. "





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