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1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Johnny Cash Performing Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

Johnny Cash

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    Lyle Lovett
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Johnny Cash

Hall of Fame Essay


Arthur Levy

He's the man in black, “walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction.” His six foot-plus, ebon-draped frame has worked itself deep frame has worked itself deep into the American psyche to be­come as familiar to some as Woody Guthrie or Billy the Kid, Geronimo or Luke the Drifter.

Johnny Cash is a little bit of all those American legends. During a career that spans five distinct decades, he has  created more than 1,000 compositions that describe a folk hero in transition, singing in his distinctive baritoned-bass voice of coal miners and sharecroppers, cowboys and Native Americans, families and lovers. Invariably, he  returns to his early years for strength and inspiration.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1992
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what happens when rural sensibilities and values mix with an urban environment

Lyle Lovett



Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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