Friday Night Topic: Johnny Cash 1932-2003

— 7:35 PM on September 12, 2003

Johnny Cash, the original Man in Black, succumbed to complications from diabetes this morning at the age of 71. Cash was a rock and country music legend, and as MTV's Kurt Loder put it, the Original Gangsta. Over the course of his five-decade career, Cash won Grammies, Country Music Awards, and even an MTV Music Video Award for his rendition of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt."

Cash's music and legacy will no doubt live on for decades, but he may be one of the last music icons with any kind of real longevity. Today's MTV culture doesn't seem to have the attention span for icons anymore. Somehow I doubt we'll see Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Eminem, or this week's hot "The band" revered into their seventies.


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