June Carter Cash was born on this day in 1929. The Virginia native was a talented singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and author. She is a five-time GRAMMY winner and multi-instrumentalist with skills to play the guitar, banjo, harmonica, and more.
June Carter Cash was the second wife of country music legend Johnny Cash and she is being remembered on her birthday with a flashback to a love letter the Man in Black once wrote her.
Johnny Cash’s official Instagram account shared a photo of the late couple alongside the handwritten letter. Although the note is not dated, it was presumed to be written after the couple retired from performing together.
The letter reads:
This is really nice June. You’ve got a way with words and a way with me as well. The fire and excitement may be gone now that we don’t go out there and sing them anymore, but the ring of fire still burns around you and I, keeping our love hotter than a pepper sprout.
“The ring of fire still burns around you, June,” the caption to the Instagram post said. “Remembering June Carter Cash on her birthday today.”
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash shared one of the greatest country love stories of all time.
They met at the Grand Ole Opry in July of 1956.
“I’ve always wanted to meet you,” Cash reportedly told her as her grew up listening to her sing with her family.
June Carter, who was married to singer Carl Smith at the time, had just wrapped a tour with Cash’s friend Elvis Presley, is said to have told him, “I feel like I know you already.”
Their respective marriages both ended by 1966 and 1967.
They collaborated together on the 1967 album Carryin’ On with Johnny Cash and June Carter before tying the knot on March 1,1968 in Franklin, Kentucky.
Additional duets albums were released in the years that followed” 1973’s Johnny Cash and His Woman, 1978’s Johnny & June and 2000’s Return to the Promised Land.
The couple had one child together, John Carter Cash. They were married until their deaths in 2003. June Carter Cash passed away on May 15, 2003 and Johnny Cash on September 12, 2003.