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Johnny Cash: 5 Classic Video Performances

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Johnny Cash this September, we recall some of Johnny’s classic video performances. Johnny, of course, was a natural for the screen, with his imposing presence and wonderful charisma.

As most fans know, he starred in his own television show from 1969 to 1971, welcoming guests such as Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard. Here, we’ve picked five videos that tell the complete Cash story. Let us know your favorites, too.

Listen to our Top 10 Johnny Cash Covers playlist on Rhapsody for more great music!

1. “Ring of Fire,” 1968

The Man in Black takes the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for a performance on the Grand Ole Opry. You can find this on the Grand Ole Opry Vintage Classics DVD.

2. “Get Rhythm,” 1958

This is an often-overlooked Cash tune, surprising as it features that prominent deep voice. This performance is taken from Tex Ritter’s Ranch Party TV show, which was filmed in California.

3. “Folsom Prison Blues,” 1976

A performance at the Tennessee State Prison in Nashville. It’s easily recognized why Johnny related so well to the men behind bars.

4. “Hurt,” 2003

This unbelievably honest video, filmed when Johnny was battling a series of illnesses, depicts the artist as hard-core survivor. “Hurt” received six MTV Video Music Awards nominations in 2003, proving that the legend could still connect with a young generation.

5. “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” 1980

A duet with Kris Kristofferson, who originally wrote the song. Does it get better than this?

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