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Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings

Image for Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Son of an Arkansas sharecropper, country music legend Johnny Cash (right)-the "Man in Black"-sold more than fifty million records and recorded more than 1,500 songs, including such hits as "Ring of Fire" and "I Walk the Line." In this 1974 photograph by Jim Marshall, Cash stands alongside his friend, collaborator, and one-time roommate Waylon Jennings, who himself enjoyed wide renown as a country music star with such albums as Honky Tonk Heroes. While both men contributed greatly to country music's rise to international importance beginning in the 1950s, it was Cash-the winner of eleven Grammys and the host of his own television show-who became the much-beloved face of this musical tradition. Although he sang "I shot a man in Reno/Just to watch him die," he began his concerts with the friendly greeting, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."
Jim Marshall, 3 Feb 1936 - 24 Mar 2010
Johnny Cash, 26 Feb 1932 - 12 Sep 2003
Waylon Jennings, 15 Jun 1937 - 13 Feb 2002
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Gelatin silver print
Image: 20.5 x 31.4cm (8 1/16 x 12 3/8")
Sheet: 20.5 x 31.4cm (8 1/16 x 12 3/8")
Mount: 28.2 x 40.8cm (11 1/8 x 16 1/16")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
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Equipment\Drafting & Writing Implements\Writing implement\Pen
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Cowboy hat
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Cup
Johnny Cash: Male
Johnny Cash: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Johnny Cash: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Johnny Cash: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Waylon Jennings: Male
Waylon Jennings: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Waylon Jennings: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
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© Jim Marshall