May 15

Remembering June Carter Cash On Her 15th Death Anniversary


June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash, the better half of Johnny Cash died on May 15, 2003, due to complications following a heart-valve replacement surgery. She was 73 years old when she died. With this, let’s recollect her works of art by listening to her songs and reading her life journey.

About June Carter Cash…

June Carter Cash was born in Maces Spring, Virginia. In 1939, when she was 10-years-old, she started singing country music and performed with “The Carter Family.” But the group disbanded. In 1943, Maybelle Carter and Ezra Carter decided, parents of June Carter, to create the group “Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters.” The members include their mother and the three siblings, Helen, Anita, and June.

Moreover, June has a humorous personality. With this, she worked hard on her music career, and she blends it with comedic acts. She then starred as Aunt Polly in a comedy show “Johnny Cash and Friends.”

In the 60s and 70s, June and her sisters are still performing as The Carter Family once in a while. Since she was born humorous, she mixed comedic acts every time she performs.

When June Carter became a member of Opry Company, she met Johnny Cash.

June Carter’s Marriages…

June Carter was married thrice with one child each husband. First, she was married to honky-tonk singer Carl Smith from 1952 to 1956. They wrote “Time’s A Wastin.” They had one daughter named Rebecca Carlene Smith, also a country musician.

Her second husband was Edwin “Rip” Nix, a former football player, police officer, and racecar driver. Their marriage lasted from 1957 to 1966. They had a daughter named Rosie.

Then, June and Johnny got married on March 1, 1968. They were together until her last day in May 2003. Moreover, four months after June’s death, Johnny Cash died. They had a son named John Carter Cash.

June and Johnny Carter…

When June became a member of Opry Company, she met Johnny Carter. It was the beginning of their love story. Also, they have collaborated successful songs and shows. In fact, June became a regular on Johnny’s show Johnny Cash and Friends.”

“Jackson” was the most successful collaboration June and Johnny recorded. It reached No.2 on the country charts. Also, their performance won the 1968 Grammy Award for “Best Country & Western Performance Duet, Trio or Group.”

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash


The song was written in 1963 by Billy Edd Wheeler and Jerry Leiber. It became No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1968.

Let’s go ahead and reminisce June Carter as well as Johnny Carter with their song “Jackson.”

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