Johnny Cash, the rumble-voiced balladeer for the hard livin' and the downtrodden died early this morning in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 71. A 10-time Grammy-winner who recorded more than 1,500 songs, Johnny Cash performed to the public in a long black coat, part rockabilly rebel, part country preacher. He sang to America's everyman. And he sang eloquently of heaven, hell, and a world that wasn't pretty.
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Brian Mansfield, Nashville Correspondent for "USA Today," author of "Remembering Patsy," a biography of Patsy Cline, author of forthcoming book "Ring of Fire" about Johnny Cash
Nick Spitzer, producer and host of the public radio series "American Roots," Professor of Folklore at the University of New Orleans
Sam Moore, singer from the soul duo "Sam and Dave", Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 1992
Johnny Western, played guitar with Johnny Cash on the road for 31 years
Marshall Grant, lifelong bass player for Johnny Cash, member of Cash's first band "The Tennessee Three"
This program aired on September 12, 2003.