Johnny Cash and June Carter are, without a doubt, one of country music’s most beloved couples. Though there relationship wasn’t perfect, their love for each other was prominent. The Carter family had performed with Cash for many years prior to a relationship even forming. In 1968, Cash proposed to Carter during a live performance at the London Ice House in London, Ontario, Canada. They were married on March 1, 1968 in Franklin, Kentucky and remained married until June passed away in 2003. Johnny passed away only four months later.
A marriage of 35 years is definitely a feat, especially in today’s world. Their love was the type that stories are written from and movies are based off of. Take, Walk The Line, for example. In fact, in 1994, Johnny wrote a love letter to his wife that would make any heart swell with adoration and envy. In this special ‘ode to June’, Johnny writes, “You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.”
Though there is some controversy about the origin of this song, the Carter-Cash family has always said that “Ring Of Fire”, which was written by June and Merle Kilgore, is about June falling in love with Johnny, despite his problems with drugs and alcohol. It was first recorded by June’s sister, Anita Carter. The song failed to become a hit for Anita, so Johnny recorded his own version. According to BBC News, Rosanne Cash stated, “The song is about the transformative power of love…” The song reached the #1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It stayed at that position for seven weeks, earning Johnny the biggest hit of his career.
Check out Johnny’s beloved, June, performing the song below as a tribute to her husband.
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