June Carter Cash

Valerie June Carter Cash ( born June 23, 1929 in Maces Springs, Virginia; † 15 May 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee) was an American country music singer, songwriter and the wife of Johnny Cash.


The daughter of Ezra and Maybelle Carter was a member of the traditional Carter Family ten years old on stage and played country music. After separation of the show family in 1943 shortly worked as an actress, Carter soon came back to the music. On stage, she often played autoharp and banjo and guitar.

In the fifties, she was married to country musician Carl Smith. From this marriage the daughter Carlene Carter emerged that could continue the successful family tradition in the third generation in the 1970s and 80s. In November 1957 June married the police and stockcar driver Edwin " Rip " Nix. Their daughter Rozanna Lea (Rosie ) was born in 1958 and died in October 2003 of carbon monoxide poisoning.

In 1961, June Carter went to the famous country musician Johnny Cash on tour. In April 1963 Cash released the song Ring of Fire, who in his version - backed by the typical mariachi trumpets - a worldwide hit was. The song was written in 1962 by Merle Kilgore and June Carter therein describes Cash's alcohol and pill addiction and their forbidden love for him. Cash and Carter were married at this time with other partners, but has long been in love. After June Carter Cash's had long refused because of dependence to marry him, she took on February 22, 1968 to his marriage proposal, he made ​​her on stage during a concert in Ontario, Canada. They married on March 1, 1968 in Franklin, Kentucky. Their son John Carter Cash was born in 1970.

In addition to working with cash they still occurred, together with her ​​sisters and continued her solo career. In 1975, she published with Appalachian Pride her solo debut. The LP and it tapped singles could not place in the charts themselves.

In 1983, she was, together with cash, for the film Murder in Coweta County on camera. She was active a few times as an actress, mostly at her husband's side.

In 2000 she received a Grammy in the category Best Traditional Folk Album in 2004 and published for the posthumous album Wildwood Flower, as well as for Keep on the Sunny Side in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category for Press On.

June Carter Cash died on May 15, 2003 at the age of 73 years from the effects of heart valve surgery.


It was played in 2005 turned biopic Walk the Line Reese Witherspoon, who was awarded an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award in the category " Best Actress ".