|First Appearance||Guitar Hero 5|
|Genre||Country, Rock 'n Roll, Rockabilly, Classic Rock, Folk|
Johnny Cash is a country music artist who is a playable character in Guitar Hero 5, with tribute artist Terry Lee Goffee doing motion capture for the character. His song "Ring of Fire" is playable for GH: 5.
Cash was regarded as one of the most important figures in country music, with a career that spanned six decades.
He become as famous for his image as an outlaw figure, for playing in prisons and creating the myth of the Man in Black, his semi-official nickname.
Cash was born in Arkansas in 1932 and started writing songs at the age of 12, influenced by country music on the radio.
In 1957, he became the first artist to release a full album on the influential Sun record label, beating Elvis Presley.
Singing in a gruff, baritone voice, he went on to have hits in the 1960s with Ring of Fire and A Boy Named Sue.
But his gruelling schedule led to him become addicted to amphetamines and his drug abuse led to the collapse of his first marriage to wife Vivianne.
In the mid 60s, he met June Carter Cash, from country music's famous Carter family. She co-wrote Ring of Fire, giving him a top ten hit, and the pair married in 1968.
His most famous albums included Folsom Prison Blues, a 1968 live album recorded at a jail concert.
In recent years, he also suffered from Shy-Drager, a condition similar to Parkinson's disease that attacks the nervous system and affects muscle control. His very last song,Hurt relesed in 2003 which is a cover of a song by industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. The cover received critical acclaim and six nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards that year.
However later that year Cash sadly died on the 12th September, aged 71 from Diabetes.
Considering that Cash's appearance in Guitar Hero 5 was confirmed before Kurt Cobain's, it may be said that he is the second character to appear posthumously in the series, the first being Jimi Hendrix.