ON September 1, 1954, an unknown young man walked into a recording studio in the Memphis Recording Service building at 706 Union Street and walked out, having cut a record that would define its own genre of music.
That single, Hey Porter, was released on the Sun Records label in June, 1955, and the legend of Johnny Cash was born.
Few artists can claim they are an entire genre of music unto themselves but if you try to define this man’s body of work, you are left with one conclusion.
There were none like him before and there have been done like him since.
At his passing in 2003 at the age of 71, he left behind an unparalleled body of work, having written and recorded more than 800 songs and recorded more than 1500.
He is the only artist in history to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll, Country Music and Songwriters Halls of Fame and is also a member of the Rockabilly and Gospel Halls of Fame.
Sixty years after the release of his first single, having won countless awards, including 14 Grammy Awards and having become a household name, the unequalled artist has become an an icon of 20th century popular culture and his legend has continued to grow into the 21st century.
Since 2009, award-winning singer Daniel Thompson and Australia guitar master Stuie French have wowed audiences with Johnny Cash, the Concert, keeping the spirit of the man in black alive with their authentic tribute to Cash and his music.
Next week, the tribute show comes to Mandurah.