To music fans, Johnny Cash was the legendary American country singer-songwriter who sang hits like "I Walk The Line," "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues." But to John Carter, Rosanne, Cindy, Tara and Kathy, the Man in Black was just Dad.
Johnny met his first wife Vivian Liberto in Texas while the Arkansas native was stationed there by the Air Force. The couple wed in 1954 and divorced in 1966. They had four daughters together. He met his second wife, June Carter Cash of Carter Family acclaim, at the Grand Ole Opry and married her in 1968. He adopted two step-daughters from his new wife's first two marriages, Carlene and Rosie.
Here's a look his Johnny Cash's talented children and where they are now.
Rosanne Cash was born in Memphis on May 24, 1955. Like her father, Rosanne became a revered country star and published author.
Recognition first came in 1976 when Rosanne's father recorded one of her songs, "Love Has Lost Again," for his album One Piece at a Time. It was Rosanne's first professionally recorded piece of work. In the '80s, she had a handful of hits that landed on both the country and pop charts. In 1981, her song "Seven Year Ache" was a breakthrough in her career, topping the country charts and landing her in pop's Top 30.
In 1985, she won her first of four Grammy awards for the single "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me." Today, she is still winning awards and has received 14 Grammy nominations. In 2015, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
Rosanne was married to fellow country legend Rodney Crowell from 1979 to 1992. They have three daughters: Caitlin, Chelsea and Carrie. Rosanne wed award-winning musician and producer in 1995. They have a son, Jakob.
Johnny and Vivian's third daughter, Kathy Cash was born on April 16, 1956 in Memphis. Though she didn't make a career in country music, she did make a splash in the entertainment industry. She has been married to Jimmy Tittle since 1982, and together they have two children, along with her son from a previous marriage. In 2016, Kathy made a big-screen appearance in the comedy film What's the Matter with Gerald?, written by her son, Dustin Tittle, and son-in-law, Matt Riddlehoover.
Kathy made headlines in 2005 when she criticized the portrayal of her mother in the biopic Walk the Line.
"My mom was basically a nonentity in the entire film except for the mad little psycho who hated his career," Kathy told the Associated Press (as quoted by People). "That's not true. She loved his career and was proud of him until he started taking drugs and stopped coming home."
On July 29, 1959, Johnny welcomed a fourth daughter with Vivian, Cindy Cash. Just like her father and oldest sister, Cindy found her place in country music, starting with onstage appearances with her dad and stepmom. She went to join supergroup The Next Generation with other country superstars' daughters: Conway Twitty's daughter Cathy Twitty, Loretta Lynn's daughter Patsy Lynn and George Jones and Tammy Wynette's daughter Georgette Jones.
From '83- '88, Cindy was married to her dad's former bandmate, future Country Music Hall of Famer Marty Stuart.
Cindy has also appeared in a few films: The Cradle Will Fall (1983), My Darling Vivian (2020) and Johnny Cash's America (2008).
Tara is the youngest daughter of Johnny and Vivian. In 2014, the most private child of the country icon released a book titled Recollections by J.R. Cash: Childhood Memories of Johnny Cash.
In 1995, Tara gifted her father a book titled Dad, Share Your Life With Me. Over the course of a year, Johnny filled the book with his memories and returned it to his daughter. She chose some of her favorite family photos to be featured in the retrospective work. "This book tells the story of a young boy, his home life, his friends and family, his dedication to work, and where all of his hopes and dreams came alive in Dyess, Ark.," Tara said.
John Carter Cash
Cash and Carter welcomed son John Carter Cash on March 3, 1970.
John Carter has been immersed in music all of his life and grew up to be a singer-songwriter himself after a stint as his dad's rhythm guitarist. He works as a record producer and won a Grammy in 1999 for his mother's album Press On. He also co-produced two of his dad's redemptive American Recordings albums. More recent production work included Lynn's final album, Still Woman Enough. Rounder issued John Carter's most recent album as a performer, 2018's We Must Believe in Magic.
In line with family tradition, John married a country singer, Ana Christina Cash, in 2016. They have two children, Grace June and James Kristoffer. He has three older children from two previous marriages: Joseph Ann, Anna Maybelle and Jack Ezra.
In 2011, John Carter released a book that shows a more personal side of his dad, House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father Johnny Cash. It bears the name of the Carter-Cash clan's former Hendersonville, Tenn. recording studio. His other contributions to how the family story's been preserved have included an executive producer role for Walk the Line.
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This story was previously published on April 20, 2022.
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