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Offered here is one of the finest pieces of Johnny Cash memorabilia I’ve come across.
This signed program is undated, but it can be determined that it was issued between 1961 (because of the inclusion of June Carter’s photo, who joined Cash’s road show that year) and 1965 (because of the inclusion of a photo of Mr. Cash and his first wife Vivian, who divorced him in ’65).
It is quite unusual to have a program with photos of BOTH of Johnny Cash’s wives.
The program has ten (10) pages of photos with captions. Mr. Cash has signed TWO of the photos of himself in blue ballpoint. The program is also signed by all three members of Johnny Cash’s original band; Luther Perkins, Marshall Grant, and W.S Holland. June Carter was a featured performer in the show at that time, and she has signed her own picture in magenta ink.
Click here to view the first signed photo page from Johnny Cash.
Click here to view the second signed photo page from Johnny Cash.
Click here to view the signed photo page from June Carter.
Click here to view the signed photo page from Luther Perkins.
Click here to view the signed photo page from Marshall Grant.
Click here to view the signed photo page from W.S Holland. (NOTE: A light ghost image of Johnny Cash's signature can be seen to the left of Mr. Holland's face -- the pressure of the pen has made an impression from another page).
Click here to view the photo page (unsigned) of Johnny and his then wife, Vivian Cash.
Perhaps the rarest autograph here is that of guitarist and original member of The Tennessee Two, Luther Perkins, an important architect of the Cash sound. Mr. Perkins died tragically in a house fire in 1968, shortly after recording the landmark country LP, JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON. He was only 40 years old at the time of his death, and his autograph is exceedingly difficult to find.
The program measures 8.5 x 11” and is in very good condition, showing minor wear. A few of the signatures have made light impressions onto neighboring pages due to the type of ink used to print the program – this is either a bad thing or a good thing depending on your point of view!
A museum worth piece of Country music memorabilia.
The following is from the All Music Guide:
Johnny Cash was one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music. With his deep, resonant baritone and spare, percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound. Cash didn't sound like Nashville, nor did he sound like honky tonk or rock & roll. He created his own sub-genre, falling halfway between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock & roll, and the world weariness of country. Cash's career coincided with the birth of rock & roll, and his rebellious attitude and simple, direct musical attack shared a lot of similarities with rock. However, there was a deep sense of history — as he would later illustrate with his series of historical albums — that kept him forever tied with country. And he was one of country music's biggest stars of the '50s and '60s, scoring well over 100 hit singles.
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