Johnny Cash would have celebrated his 88th birthday today (2/26). Cash died on 2003 at the age of 71 not long after his beloved wife June Carter Cash passed away.

Barbara Mandrell toured with Cash as a teenager. Below, the now retired and a bit reclusive country star, talks about what it was like getting to know “The Man In Black.”

We take a look at the amazing Country Music icon in pictures of his amazing and landmark career that brought so many to the genre of country music.

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