“I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die…”
So sang Johnny Cash in his classic song Folsom Prison Blues. One of many tunes which made him one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Cash didn’t really shoot a man in Reno, of course. But the lyric was enough to cement Johnny’s outlaw image, which the singer himself carefully cultivated.
That image continues to this day and stokes continuing fascination in Cash’s personal life. Whether it’s his addition to amphetamines and barbiturates. Or his marriage to fellow singer June Carter, which happened today in history, March 1, 1968.
Johnny Cash: his reputation as an ‘outlaw’ continues to intrigue collectors
Naturally, this fascination with Cash is reflected in his collectibles. Like the Cash-signed guitar featured in this video from late last year. Or his 1967 Martin D76 acoustic guitar which sold for $50,400 at Sotheby’s New York in September 2004.
Cash’s “I shot a man in Reno…” line is testament to the continuing importance of acoustic guitar-wielding singer songwriters in US music history.
The same goes for Cash’s collaborator and five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor, whose career was launched in 1970 with the #3 hit single Fire and Rain.
While Johnny Cash’s memorabilia can sell for tens-of-thousands at auction, you can buy James Taylor’s memorabilia for less than £500.
Like this 8′ black MC-105 microphone which has been autographed by Taylor along the handle. We have this microphone, in fine condition, for sale priced at just £495.
James Taylor’s 8′ black MC-105 microphone, autographed by the star