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Added On: May 31, 2007 - 04:58 AM UTC
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Dyess, Arkansas, United States
Dyess, Arkansas
Dyess is the childhood hometown of musician, Johnny Cash.  Cash's family moved to Dyess from Kingsland, Arkansas when Cash was only three.  He spent his early life here until his graduation from high school in 1950.  Cash's home is located at 4791 CR-924 just outside the city limits.  The current owner allows photographs for a donation and sells t-shirts of Cash to raise money for the general upkeep of the house.  However, it is a private residence so please keep that in mind if you plan on visiting.  There is a donation box out front so that you don't have to bother its occupants.  Inside the small town of Dyess, a museum commemorating local celebrities, Johnny Cash and Gene Williams, was slated to open in July 2007.

The Man in Black
Johnny Cash would become known as one of the greatest, influential country musicians of all time.  Throughout his career, Cash had been known to dabble in darker music and recorded various Appalachian murder ballads like Banks of Ohio, Long Black VeilCocaine Blues (a variation on Little Sadie), Streets of Laredo, etc. and even did an entire theme album titled Murder.  It was his original compositions like Folsom Prison Blues ("I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die") that really set him apart and proved that his moniker, the Man in Black, didn't just refer to his clothing.

As country music grew and changed over the years, Cash found himself on the outside of Nashville looking in.  When he teamed up with producer Rick Rubin later in his career and their collaborations produced a series of albums titled American Recordings, Cash found a whole new audience.  Songs like Hurt, Sam Hall, and Delia's Gone (and its video in which Cash looked like some mad prophet singing about killing his girl) hit rotation in Goth clubs around the country and earned Cash the nickname of "the original Goth."
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Cash: The Autobiography
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Dyess, Arkansas Sign Outside Town
Sign on the north side of Dyess that celebrates Johnny Cash's connection - June 2007.
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Welcome Sign in Dyess Arkansas
The welcome sign in June 2007 in Dyess, Arkansas that celebrates its famous former citizens.
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June 2007 photo of Johnny Cash's childhood home on CR-924 outside Dyess, Arkansas.
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Johnny Cash's Childhood Home
The former childhood home of Johnny Cash on CR-924 just outside Dyess, Arkansas - June 2007.
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larrycatfish Feb 19 2010, 04:12 AM UTC
Howdy Yall well as a child I used to live in that house,it is still there and in bad shape,it would seem that if the owners wanted to make money on it they wold fix it up some.
My father was in electronics and had to fix Johnny's CB radio one time,he went by "The One Man Cash"(Johnny not my dad)
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