Johnny and June Carter Cash, on this day in country music history


You likely know the story, if you were one of the thousands who in 2005 walked into the biopic I Walk the Line after having seen the 2004 biopic Ray and thought, "This again?" It's too bad the film documenting the love affair of Johnny and June Carter Cash came so closely on the heels of the film documenting the rise, fall, and rise part deux of Ray Charles, because it was a good one.

But let us forget the mid-aughts and the rise and fall of intense musical biopics for a moment, and recognize that it was on this day in history in 1956 that June Carter met her future husband Johnny Cash. They met backstage at the Ryman Auditorium, the same day he was introduced for his Grand Ole Opry debut by Carl Smith, whom June divorced that same year. On this day he performed "I Walk the Line," "Get Rhythm," and "So Doggone Lonesome," and while they eventually married - twelve years later - first, June would marry yet another man, and Johnny would remain married to his first wife for a decade still.

And so, in honor of all things that are a long time coming, five of their biggest hits together.


"It Ain't Me Babe" - 1965, Number 4

"Jackson" - 1967, Number 2

"Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man" - 1967, Number 6

"If I Were a Carpenter" - 1970, Number 2

"Ring of Fire" - 1963, Number 1 (Co-written by June Carter, as performed by Johnny Cash)