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John R. "Johnny" Cash was born in February 26, 1932
Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S.
He was the fourth of seven children to Ray Cash and Carrie
Cash was named John R. Cash in a compromise made by his
parents when they wanted to name him different names.
He went by the name J. R. throughout his young life as a
shortened version of his real name.
In 1955, he took Johnny Cash as his stage name.
In March 1935, when Cash was three years old, the family
settled in Dyess, Arkansas.
J.R. was working in cotton fields beginning at age five,
singing along with his family simultaneously while working.
The family farm was flooded on at least two occasions, which
later inspired him to write the song "Five Feet High and
His family's economic and personal struggles during the
Great Depression inspired many of his songs, especially
those about other people facing similar difficulties.
Cash was very close to his older brother, Jack.
In May 1944, Jack was pulled into a whirling head saw in the
mill where he worked and was almost cut in two.