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February 26, 1932

Outlaw country musician Johnny Cash, the famous “Man in Black,” was born in Kingsland (Cleveland County). His most well-known songs include “I Walk the Line,” “Fulsom Prison Blues,” and “A Boy Named Sue.” The recipient of numerous Grammy Awards, including the Living Legend and Lifetime Achievement Awards, Cash also starred in television shows and in movies and penned a best-selling autobiography, Man in Black, in 1975, with a new version titled Cash: The Autobiography in 1997. Two years after his 2003 death, a major motion picture documenting the first half of his life, Walk the Line, was released and met with both critical and commercial success.

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The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what’s new.

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