May 18th 1986
- Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appear in a CBS-TV remake of the
western movie “Stagecoach,” along with June Carter, John Schneider, John Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, David Allan
Coe and Billy Swan
Johnny Cash’s letter to his wife, June Carter Cash, voted most romantic, is the greatest love letter of all time.
Written in 1994 on June’s 65th birthday, the letter reads:
Happy Birthday Princess, We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. 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. Happy Birthday Princess. John
La lettera di Johnny Cash a sua moglie June Carter Cash, votata la più romantica, è la lettera d'amore più bella di tutti i tempi. Nessuna altra coppia a mai ispirato più grande ammirazione riverente quella di Johnny Cash e della sua amata moglie June Carter Cash. I due si sono incontrati per la prima volta al backstage del Grand Ole Opry nel 1956, in cui scoccò la scintilla, e il resto è una storia d'amore davvero leggendaria e duratura, se non di più, di un'opera d'arte. Attraverso le parole di una lettera d'amore Johnny Cash scritta nel giugno 1994 a Carter Cash, in occasione del suo 65esimo compleanno esprimeva i suoi sentimenti in un modo originale e unico, scrisse:
Buon compleanno principessa, Andiamo incontro alla vecchiaia e lo facciamo insieme. Noi pensiamo allo stesso modo. Abbiamo pensieri simili. Sappiamo già cosa l’altro vuole senza nemmeno dover chiedere. A volte ci irritiamo un po’ l’un l’altro. Ma di tanto in tanto, come oggi, io ci penso e realizzo quanto io sia fortunato a condividere la mia vita con la più grande donna che io abbia mai conosciuto. Dopo tutti questi anni, continui ad affascinarmi e a ispirarmi. Mi incoraggi al meglio. Sei l’oggetto dei miei desideri, la prima ragione della mia esistenza sulla terra. Ti amo tanto. Buon compleanno principessa. – John
“We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association.
Johnny Cash was a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, and the United Nations. He championed the rights of Native Americans, protested the war in Vietnam, was a voice for the poor, the struggling and the disenfranchised, and an advocate for the rights of prisoners. Along with our sister Rosanne, he was on the advisory board of an organization solely devoted to preventing gun violence among children.
His pacifism and inclusive patriotism were two of his most defining characteristics. He would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred.
The white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our great society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII. Several men in the extended Cash family were among those who served with honor.
Our dad told each of us, over and over throughout our lives, "Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love.”
We do not judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed. We value the capacity for love and the impulse towards kindness. We respect diversity, and cherish our shared humanity. We recognize the suffering of other human beings, and remain committed to our natural instinct for compassion and service.
To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you. We ask that the Cash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology. We Choose Love.“
John Carter Cash
August 16, 2017
"Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.” - Rep. John Lewis
(L-R) Elvis Presley, Anita Carter, June Carter and Johnny Cash, 1954.
Even after years of being together, John was still defensive about June’s relationship with Elvis, suspecting they might have been intimate. June did like Elvis immensely, but like John, she tended to look at Elvis as something of a kid, she was six years older and more sophisticated. If anything she was more in the role of a big sister who was always there to listen to his problems and iron his pants and shirts. She also saw the line outside of his dressing room each night, and knew he was not her future.
Besides, Elvis, like so many, was more interested in her younger sister Anita. He pursued her like a giddy school boy, even faking a heart attack backstage in Florida to get her attention and sympathy. Despite June’s claims, Jason Fine, an editor for Rolling Stone interviewed the two for his article. “A Day In The Life of Johnny Cash,” where he found out there was a little more to Elvis and June’s relationship, from a story June shared with him, as followed:
“ We were walking through the house, and there was these old trunks. June told me in the ‘70s, maybe, ‘80s, Johnny was going through the trunks and found all these love letters, that Elvis had written June back in the ‘50s. These love letters made him really angry. So he took all the letters, from Elvis, and went out on his canoe in the middle of the lake and he ripped them up and threw them in the lake. She’s telling me this and he’s just sort of looking and nodding. Then she looks at him and says. ‘Johnny, those letters would be worth a lot of money now.’”