Johnny Cash: The Music Legend’s Net Worth on the Time of His Death

by Jeremy Spirogis
Johnny Cash performs at Glastonbury Festival in June 1994

On what would’ve been Johnny Cash’s 88th birthday, we’re having a look again on the music legend’s profession and the fortune he left behind when he handed away on the age of 71. Ahead, learn how the 13-time Grammy winner made his cash and what occurred to his earnings following his loss of life. 

The singer-songwriter died in Sept. 2003 of diabetes solely 4 months after his spouse, June Carter Cash, fellow musician and five-time Grammy winner, died in May 2003 because of issues associated to coronary heart surgical procedure, in accordance with Billboard.

Some may say Cash died of a damaged coronary heart after dropping his soulmate. Known for his or her epic romance, Reese Witherspoon (the position earned her an Oscar) and Academy Award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix portrayed June and Cash within the 2005 award-winning movie Walk the Line

Cash made cash from his many hit songs 

After shifting to Memphis, Tenn., Cash recorded songs with Sun Records together with “Hey, Porter” and “Cry Cry Cry.” The second title went on to change into Cash’s first hit, in accordance with Time, touchdown on the Billboard’s Top 20 chart in 1955 at No. 14.  

Johnny Cash performs at Glastonbury Festival in June 1994
Johnny Cash performs at Glastonbury Festival in June 1994 | by Michael Putland/Getty Images

From there he launched “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line.” The latter observe made it to No. 1 on the charts and held regular for 43 weeks, promoting greater than two million copies. In 1958, Cash switched labels leaving Sun Records for Columbia as a result of he hadn’t been allowed to file gospel songs. 

He died with an estimated internet value of $60 million 

When he died in 2003, Cash had an estimated internet value of $60 million, in accordance with Celebrity Net Worth. In his will, the musician gave the vast majority of the publishing rights from his hit music “Ring of Fire” to his son, John Carter Cash, a lawyer advised the Daily News in 2007. Estimated to be value thousands and thousands, all however certainly one of Cash’s daughters took authorized motion to achieve rights to the music. 

Cash spent years touring

In the late 1950s, Cash had already grown used to being on the street for virtually a 12 months at a time. He’s stated to have carried out greater than 200 exhibits, whereas some say the quantity might have been nearer to 300. Meanwhile, his first marriage ended, doubtless largely because of his extended absences in addition to his drug and alcohol use. 

Despite his marriage imploding, Cash continued to tour. In the 1960s he went on the street with the Carter household and remained a drive on the music charts releasing songs equivalent to “Ring of Fire,” “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town,” and “I Got Stripes.”

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in Sept. 1969Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in Sept. 1969
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in Sept. 1969 | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In 1968, June and Cash married after the Man in Black dealt together with his habit to amphetamines. 

He made a comeback within the 1990s 

In the last decade main as much as his loss of life, Cash returned to the studio to launch new music. In 1993, Cash teamed up with producer Rick Rubin who The Guardian credit with revitalizing Cash’s profession “both critically and commercially.”

Together, they created six albums plus outtakes that obtained constructive critiques. His posthumous album launched in 2006, American V: A Hundred Highways, gave Cash his first No. 1 album in additional than 30 years. Today, his property continues to usher in money, er, cash due to outdated hits and beforehand unreleased music.

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