One day, Johnny Cash met June Carter; the rest is history. Even the dawns of this love story that has indelibly affected country music are dense with curious anecdotes. First of all, as the same June said, it was nothing less than the King of rock, Elvis Presley, who intrigued the singer and composer about Cash. Elvis was excited about Cash’s music and on his business trip, he wanted to stop at a small cafe where there was a jukebox just to have June listen to a Johnny’s piece.

Elvis can’t even tune his guitar

Some time later, in the backstage of a tour it was Cash who decided to head for June: ‘I want to meet you, I’m Johnny Cash’.
The answer was: ‘Well I oughta know who you are. Elvis can’t even tune his guitar unless he goes,’ Everybody knows where you go when the sun goes down’.

From this meeting, as many well know, a marriage was born, which lasted until her death in 2003 and a successful musical collaboration, where Johnny’s voice and the folk soul of June found fertile ground: a perfect combination. Johnny and June

Married country singers Johnny Cash (1932 – 2003) and June Carter Cash (1929 – 2003) perform a duet on stage. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Inspiration also for other artists

The story between June and Johnny was not only artistically fruitful for the two but also for other authors and singers. In 2008, American artist Heidi Newfield wrote the song Johnny and June, about the love of the two country singers. The song is part of Newfield’s debut album What Am I Waiting For.
The Newfield in the lyrics narrates the facts in first person. The narration is feminine and describes the kind of relationship you would like to have with your partner, a relationship like Johnny and June. The song is a mid-time song and clearly resumes the country folk style typical also of the two characters to which it is inspired.

I wanna love like Johnny and June,
Rings of fire burnin’ with you,
I wanna walk the line,
Walk the line,
Till the end of time