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September 15, 2012

Photos of Johnny Cash in Tennessee, 1969

There aren’t too many American artists of the past century who left a richer legacy, and one can argue that none was more influential across a broader range of genres in his chosen profession, than the Man in Black. Through six decades, Johnny Cash created music that spoke with power and eloquence to sharecroppers, punk rockers, prison inmates and hip-hoppers. Many of the songs he penned or that he made famous — “Big River,” “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Get Rhythm,” “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town,” “The Matador” and on and on — have not only become classics, but have been embraced by Americans of every political stance, creed and ethnicity as something akin to national treasures.

(Photos: Michael RougierTime & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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