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Born in Kingsland, Ark., on Feb. 26, 1932, Johnny Cash grew up picking cotton with his siblings and learning hymns from his mother, a folksy heritage that influenced his music and helped his appeal with working-class fans.

Though he is best known for his recording career -- and by his iconic moniker as "the Man in Black" -- Cash also enjoyed success as an actor, making his film debut in Door-to-Door Maniac (1961) and launching his own small-screen variety shows with "The Johnny Cash Show" (1969) and "Johnny Cash and Friends" (1976).

Other career highlights include A Gunfight (1971), in which he starred opposite Kirk Douglas; the made-for-television movie The Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus (1973), which he co-wrote, produced and starred in; and "The Simpsons" (1997), in which he voiced the role of an animated coyote. He died Sept. 12, 2003.

Johnny Cash in Johnny Cash: Live in Denmark: 1971

Johnny Cash: Live in Denmark: 1971

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The incomparable Johnny Cash takes the stage with his wife, June Carter Cash, the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and the Carter Family in this 1971 concert filmed live for Danish television. A memorable set list includes "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," "A Boy Named Sue," "Man in Black" "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Flowers on the Wall" and the Maybelle Carter tribute, "Dear Mama."

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