January 8, 1928 - August 5, 1968

COD:  Burns, smoke inhalation

BURIAL:  Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Tennessee

"The Johnny Cash Sound."  It is that distinctive boom-chicha-boom-chicha rhythm and that resonating guitar line most recognizable in "Folsom Prison Blues."  The man responsible?  Guitarist Luther Perkins.  He was a member of Cash's original band The Tennessee Three.  He continued to play with Johnny right up until his death in a house fire.  Apparently, Perkins had fallen asleep with a lit cigarette in his hand.  At Luther's grave Johnny took time alone and was overheard saying "Thank you, Luther."  Luther Perkins was also known for his stern, serious stage face.  The best recording available of his guitar work is on the "Live at Folsom Prison" album. 




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