The Life of Johnny Cash By donnieslagle Feb 26, 1932 Birth Born J.R. Cash to Ray and Carrie Cash. Aug 14, 1944 Death of Older Brother, Jack Pulled onto a saw blade while cutting posts. J.R. was fishing during this time. Jul 18, 1951 Joined the Air Force J.R. served 3 years in Germany. Aug 7, 1954 First Marriage Married Vivian Liberto. Oct 17, 1954 Sun Records Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two get a record deal from Sam Phillips and Sun Records. Mar 15, 1956 Folsom Prison Blues Folsom Prison Blues goes out and gets Top 5 Country Singles. Mar 26, 1958 Drug Abuse Begins. Cash begain drinking heavily and taking amphetamines and barbiturates. Jun 18, 1965 Forest Fire Cash causes a forest fire Los Padres National Forest. Government sues for $125,172 but ends up settling for $82,001. Jul 21, 1967 Kicking the Habit While attempting suicide in Nickajack Cave, Cash had a spiritual epiphany. After this experience Cash stopped alcohol and narcotics for good. Sep 12, 2003 Death to Man in Black Johnny Cash died at his Baptist Hospital in Nashville on September 12, 2003.