JC was arrested in '65 in El Paso for bringing a large quantity of pills across the border. He was addicted to pain killers and amphetamines at the time. Never did any prison time. He wrote Folsom Prison Blues while serving in the Air Force in the early ‘50’s.
He was one of Sun Records top artists for years. He hung around with folks like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
Early in his career he was a regular at "The Grand Ol’ Opry" but his addictions got him kicked outta there.
His first prison concert at San Quentin in '59 an inmate by the name of Merle Haggard was there. It inspired him to start his music career.
Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. is how he introduced himself on his variety show The Johnny Cash Show 1969-1971 was very popular. He had guest musicians from various genre. Guests that included the likes of; Bob Dylan, Roger Miller, Joni Mitchell, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, The Cowsills, Gordon Lightfoot, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Monkees, Graham Nash, and many others.
He performed at the Whitehouse and also starred in several movies.
I haven’t checked but I feel like Ring of Fire is probably his most popular song. Didn’t I hear a recent version of it done by…? Can’t recall but it wasn’t bad.