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Throwback: Johnny Cash Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut

On July 7, 1956, Johnny Cash’s life took an extraordinary turn when he stepped onto the Grand Ole Opry stage. This momentous debut marked a turning point in his career and left an enduring mark on country music.

Cash, a young and determined artist, had dreamt of this day since his childhood in Arkansas, listening to the Opry on the radio. His journey to that stage was marked by persistence, including initial rejections and a breakthrough with Sun Studio, leading to hits like “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line.”

When ‘The Man In Black’ finally graced the Opry stage, he captivated the audience with his deep voice and authentic lyrics. His rendition of “I Walk the Line” earned a standing ovation and solidified his place in country music history.

Listen to his Grand Ole Opry debut below:

On Tuesday, September 12, The Grand Ole Opry will be honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of Johnny Cash on the 20th anniversary of his passing.

The night will feature performances by Rodney Crowell, The Gatlin Brothers, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson and William Beckmann, as well as the Tennessee Four’s Opry debut. Tickets are available now.