The 35-year marriage of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash is one of the greatest love stories off all time. Their story has inspired movies, songs, books, and is proof that marriages can last in the entertainment industry.
While the couple’s marriage has been glorified over the years, their storybook romance wasn’t always so. The two met while both were married to other people, but that didn’t stop Johnny Cash from falling in love with June. In a new, never before seen interview with the Man in Black just weeks before his death in 2003, he admits that he fell in love with June the moment he met her, despite the fact that he was married to someone else.
“I met June Carter backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1956. I met mother Maybelle and Helen, and Anita. Of course, I fell in love with that June, that red-headed one. That dancer. The one who wanted to pull the jokes. The fun one,” Cash recalls. “She stole my heart right away. Right away. That night I told her, I said ‘I’m gonna marry you someday.’ But, at the time, we were both with somebody else.”
The interview is just a small part of the critically-acclaimed Carter Family documentary, “The Winding Stream” that will be released to DVD and video on-demand May 17. While the film’s main focus is The First Family of Country Music, the then-scandalous story of Johnny and June gets its fair share of attention.
“The Winding Stream” is a must-see for fans of all music genres as The Carter Family had a profound impact on country, rock, southern gospel, and pop with well-known tunes such as “Keep On The Sunny Side”, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, “Wabash Cannonball”, and “When I’m Gone”.
See the clip of Johnny Cash’s interview for the “The Winding Stream” below.
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