Published on March 30, 2011 by Christian
Born J. R. Cash in Kingsland, Arkansas, the third of seven children to Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree Rivers. Cash was given the name “J.R.” because his parents could not agree on a name, only on initials. When he enlisted in the United States Air Force, the military would not accept initials as his name, so he adopted John R. Cash as his legal name. In 1955, when signing with Sun Records, he took Johnny Cash as his stage name.
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Cash learned upon researching his ancestry that he was of Scottish royal descent, among other things such as English and Scots-Irish. After the opportunity of meeting with former Falkland, Fife laird, Major Michael Crichton-Stuart, he traced the Cash family tree to 11th-century Fife, Scotland. Scotland’s Cash Loch bears the name of his family. Though Cash learned he was not of Native American descent, his empathy and compassion for Native Americans was unabated. Such feelings were expressed in several of his songs, including “Apache Tears” and “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”, and on his album, Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian.
Birth Name: J. R. Cash
Birth Place: Kingsland, Arkansas, United States
Date of Birth: February 26, 1932
Ethnicity: Scottish and Cherokee(?)