Johnny Cash, a towering figure in American music spanning country, rock and folk, has died of complications from diabetes, hospital officials in Nashville, Tennessee said today. He was 71.

Born in Arkansas, “The Man in Black” originally auditioned as a gospel singer at Memphis’s Sun Studios before shifting to country music with his 1957 debut album Johnny Cash and his Hot and Blue Guitar.

My favorite, I think was ‘Ring of Fire’. Apparently, The Voices, told him to include the Mexican Trumpets. Wotta move! You can listen here is you like:

His obituary in the Guardian. Quite a life,12723,1040832,00.html