As we celebrate the birthday of one of country music’s women of talent, Rosanne Cash, we look back on all her accomplishments, too. Rosanne is a singer and songwriter best known not only as Johnny Cash’s daughter but also for her hits “Seven Year Ache” and “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me.” She followed her father’s footpaths and toured with him after finishing high school in 1973.
In 1978, she released her debut album Rosanne Cash, in Germany. It was not a hit in the United States, however, it helped her get a contract with Columbia Records, in Nashville. Rosanne’s first United States album Right or Wrong was a commercial success. Her next album, Seven Year Ache had a Top hit under the same name. Moreover, her first success was winning a Grammy in 1985 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her single “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me”.
Her Well-known Father, Her Music
Rosanne Cash is the oldest of four, a child of the legendary Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto. In 1958, just as her father’s career was sprouting, the family moved to California. However, when she was eleven years old, her parents divorced after. Rosanne and her siblings moved to Ventura, California, to live with their mother.
Rosanne inbred the love of music from her father. After graduating in high school, he worked as an attire assistant and background singer on Johnny Cash’s tours. Three years after assisting her father, she worked for CBS Records, in England. She also studied method acting when she moved back to California. Nevertheless, music was her first love, and by 1978, she decided she was ready to hit the big time as a solo artist. Rosanne began recording a demo with producer, Rodney Crowell. Unexpectedly, their relationship soon bloomed into a romantic one. In 1979, Cash and Crowell married.
Rosanne started playing with Crowell’s band The Cherry Bombs in California clubs, while she is recording her first United States album, Right or Wrong. In 1981, she and Crowell relocated to Nashville to work on Seven Year Ache. Also produced by Crowell, the album earned gold status. The title track on Seven Year Ache became Rosanne’s signature song.
In 1984, Rosanne’s career was on the rise, but there was pressure in her personal life. She struggled with substance abuse, finally pursuing medical treatment. When she bounced back, she released her fourth studio album, titled Rhythm & Romance, in 1985. The album contained two No. 1 hits, the Grammy-winning “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me” and “Never Be You”.
Rosanne Cash has been a longtime active member of PAX, now known as The Center to Prevent Youth Violence. This is an organization zealous to the prevention of gun violence among children. She is also an ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages, which houses and keeps left and abandoned children. Cash also backs children through the Children Incorporated organization. No doubt, Rosanne is not just a country music legend. She also has a big heart in supporting and educating children worldwide.
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