Music Industry News Network [05-21-2018]



The Johnny Cash Museum premiered an artifact today that has never previously been on public display despite being presented to Johnny Cash more than six decades ago. The unveiling of this rare artifact - Johnny Cash’s very first gold record - was released today to commemorate Cash’s first #1 I Walk the Line on what is the anniversary of the song’s release on Sun Records on May 1, 1956. Johnny’s siblings Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash-Yates joined Sam Phillips’ son Jerry Phillips on site today as the award finally found a permanent home on exhibition at the museum, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.

In a ceremony today hosted by WSM’s Bill Cody, Johnny Cash’s first ever gold record, originally presented to Johnny Cash by Sam Phillips in 1956, was reunited with the Cash family for the first time in over a decade. The cherished award remained in Cash’s possession until his death in 2003, at which time it was auctioned off to several different private owners over the years. Recently, museum founder Bill Miller learned that the record was in Germany in the hands of a private collector. Says Miller, “This is a piece we had to acquire—-at any price—-and return to its proper place, which is the Johnny Cash Museum. I held this award in my hands during my last visit with Johnny in early September in 2003. I feel good that it’s in my hands again, this time for all the world to see and enjoy.”

I Walk the Line remained on the Billboard charts for 43 weeks. Cash was inspired to write the melody of the song after hearing a reel-to-reel tape record during his Air Force days in Germany with what he thought were interesting chord changes. It turned out the reel had gotten turned around and all the chords were being played backwards. The strange, haunting sound inspired the melody to “I Walk the Line” which Cash wrote several years later, backstage before a show in Texas in 1956.

The song would become an American music standard and be credited with numerous accolades:

• Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts selected it among the 365 titles chosen as“Songs of the Century.”
• In 2000, NPR ranked it among the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th Century.
CMT included the recording in its list of the “100 Greatest Songs of Country Music.
• In 2014, Rolling Stone ranks it as #1 on its list of the “100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time”
RIAA Double Platinum selling single with more than 2 million copies sold

Fans can view the article on display at the museum which is open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM CT.

About The Johnny Cash Museum

Earning the AAA Gem rating, The Johnny Cash Museum experience has quickly spread around the globe with outlets like CNN, USA Today, Parade, The NY Times, The NY Post, Billboard, Vogue, Southern Living, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Yahoo, Huffington Post, London’s NME, etc. all buzzing about the attraction. You never know who you will see at the museum as celebrities like Former VP and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, CMT Nashville cast members, Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy, Weezer, The Oak Ridge Boys and American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe have all been spotted at the attraction. Located at 119 Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway, the Johnny Cash Museum is open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM CT. General admission is $19.95 with discounts for AAA, military, senior citizen and youth (6-15). Since opening its doors in April 2013, The Johnny Cash Museum has expanded twice adding a café and additional exhibition space. The latest wing of exhibits profile “Walk the Line,” The Carter Family and Cash Covers in addition to green screen technologies that enable fans to get a picture with Johnny Cash. The museum, which welcomed its one millionth visitor in December 2017, has received numerous accolades for their exhibitions and services:

• Top 10 Trending U.S. Attraction for Fall 2017 - TripAdvisor
o November 2017

• Top 25 Trending U.S. Attractions for Summer 2017 – TripAdvisor
o July 2017

• Top 5 Museums Dedicated to Pop-Rock Music (worldwide) - Marie Claire
o June 2017

• Top 3 Best Things to Do in Nashville – Orbitz
o July 2017

• Top 10 Best Attractions in Nashville- USA Today
o June 2017

• Gem Rating - AAA

• #1 Must Visit Museum for Music Lovers [Worldwide] – Conde Nast’s Traveler
o September 22, 2014

• #1 Pitch Perfect Museum [Worldwide] – National Geographic
o October 2, 2013

• 5 Nashville Must Sees – Forbes
o September 27, 2013
• 7 Great American Vacation Spots (That Won’t Bust Your Budget) – Time
o July 3, 2014

• 50 Reasons We’re Thankful to be Southern – Southern Living
o November 2012

• 22 Reasons You Should Visit Nashville – Huffington Post
o January 25th, 2014

• Top 10 Tennessee Spots for Music Lovers – Rolling Stone
o September 16, 2014

• Best Culture Stop in Nashville – Money Magazine
o May 1, 2014

To stay updated on the museum, visit the following:

Twitter: @CashMuseum
Instagram: @CashMuseum


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