It seems obvious that Johnny Cash is in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, but what about his wife? The talented and accomplished June Carter Cash She was an incredible artist in her own right, and it’s not hard to see that she played a huge role in her husband’s success.
A performer all her life, June Carter Cash was a singer-songwriter, actress, comedian and author. Her start in the music world was performing alongside her siblings and relatives in various groups such as The Carter Family. The beginning of her career was heavily country with her first solo hits “Jukebox Blues” and “No Swallerin’ Place.” She also enjoyed many performances alongside her husband Johnny Cash. June usually sang, played various instruments, and kept audiences entertained with her sharp wit and natural comedic timing.
The pair was married in 1968 and Johnny’s problems with drugs ended with his new marriage to June. The power couple went on to record many hits together including “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “If I Were a Carpenter,” and “Jackson.” Their chemistry and talent was recognized and they were awarded two Grammy’s for their duo performances. The song “Ring of Fire” written by June went on to be a hit for Johnny and they continued to support each other as artists. They went on to star in the television series Johnny Cash & Friends together where June was able to further explore her love of comedy.
Many assumed June Carter Cash to be retired since her career took the backseat to her husband’s in the sixties and seventies. She surprised the music world with her album Press On in 1999 for which she won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. The funny star wasn’t finished and four years later won two Grammy’s for the album Wildwood Flower.
This legendary female was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2009. The Lifetime Movie Ring of Fire was based on her memoir Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash. While she’s received some recognition for her accomplishments, it’s high time to give her the honor she deserves.