In March 1935, when Cash was three years old, the family settled in Dyess, Arkansas. He started working in cotton fields at age five, singing along with his family while working.
His family's economic and personal struggles during the Great Depression inspired many of his songs, especially those about other people facing similar difficulties.
Cash was very close to his older brother, Jack.
In May 1944, Jack was pulled into a whirling head saw in the mill where he worked and was almost cut in two.
He suffered for over a week before he died on May 20, 1944, at age 15.
Cash often spoke of the horrible guilt he felt over this incident
Radio operator in Germany
On July 18, 1951, while in Air Force training, Cash met 17-year-old Vivian Liberto at a roller skating rink in her native San Antonio.
They dated for three weeks, until Cash was deployed to Germany for a three-year tour. During that time, the couple exchanged hundreds of pages of love letters.
On August 7, 1954, one month after his discharge, they were married at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in San Antonio.
Family man or Country legend ?
On August 7, 1954, one month after his discharge, johnny and Vivian were married at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in San Antonio.
The ceremony was performed by her uncle, Father Vincent Liberto.
They had four daughters: Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy and Tara. Liberto stated that Cash's drug and alcohol abuse as well as constant touring, affairs with other women, and his close relationship with June Carter led her to file for divorce in 1966.
Carrer and Addictions
As his career was taking off in the late 1950s, Cash started drinking heavily and became addicted to amphetamines and barbiturates.
Cash used the uppers to stay awake during tours.
In a behind-the-scenes look at The Johnny Cash Show, Cash claims to have "tried every drug there was to try.