100 Days Project

Ben: 100 Writings / 100 Opening Guitar Hooks

various, random creative expressions / writings, inspired partially by 100 popular songs (songs that somewhat begin with a leading hook of a guitar.)

Day 34:

“Cry!  Cry!  Cry!” (1955) by Johnny Cash

“Cry! Cry! Cry!” (1955) by Johnny Cash


Johnny Cash was so cool – During a hospital visit for surgery, he smuggled in a card of Valium in the bandages over his suture. (Half of the pills dissolved into the wound!)

Johnny Cash was so cool – He befriended Ozzy Osbourne, when they were both checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in the ‘80s.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He bought his first guitar in Germany.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He broke his toe while kicking some jail cell bars, after being arrested for trespassing in Starkville, Mississippi.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He coached Dolly Parton for her debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He collected Victorian guns.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He crashed June Carter’s Cadillac into an electric pole.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He exchanged birthday cards each year with Elizabeth Taylor, whose birthday was a day after his.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He flushed cherry bombs down a hotel toilet blowing the plumbing out.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He got attacked by an ostrich.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He got fired from performing at the Grand Ole Opry

Johnny Cash was so cool – He got Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to be his first guests for the first episode of ‘The Johnny Cash show’

Johnny Cash was so cool – He had a killer Elvis impression.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He had an elevator in his house.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He has spent a total of 7 nights in jail, for different incidents.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He killed 9 endangered condors – true story!

Johnny Cash was so cool – He learnt how to hypnotize himself.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He learnt how to sink a Bowie knife in twenty paces.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He learnt Russian Morse code.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He met his first wife, Vivian Libretto, at a skating rink in San Antonio.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He moved into Johnny Carson’s house, after Carson moved to New York to start The Tonight Show.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He once bought 500 baby chicks and let 100 loose on each of the five floors of a hotel, he was staying in.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He only took one vocal coaching session and the coach told him never to change the way he sang.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He owned a house in Jamaica.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He played the abolitionist John Brown, in the miniseries, “North and South”

Johnny Cash was so cool – He proposed to his second wife, June Carter, in a hockey arena in Ontario.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He said if he were stuck on a deserted island, he would take the 'The Freeweelin’ Bob Dylan' album with him … and “something by Beethoven.”

Johnny Cash was so cool – He started smoking at age twelve.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He threw a knife into a horrible Mona Lisa reproduction simply because it didn’t meet his standards.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He ties up and buries Kate Moss in the video for “Delia’s Gone”.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He used to bring his own jar of instant coffee and ladle spoonfuls of it into the coffee he ordered at restaurants.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He used to flat with Waylon Jennings.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He was comparing shoe sizes with President Clinton during a visit to the White House. (Cash was 12, Clinton was 13.)

Johnny Cash was so cool – He was distantly related to King Duff, the first king of Scotland.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He was in London for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He was jailed for attempting to smuggle two socks full of amphetamines across the Mexican border.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He was listening to Bavarian guitar music backwards … and from that, wrote “I Walk the Line”

Johnny Cash was so cool – He released an intentionally horrible album called “Chicken In Black”, with the title song about Cash’s brain being transplanted into the body of a chicken, simply because he felt his record label was ignoring him.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He wrote a song about an airman who consistently stood on his military regulation “Blue Suede Shoes”

Johnny Cash was so cool – He wrote love letters to his first wife in green ink.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He’d been wearing black all the way back since his very first solo performance.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He’s gotta scar on the right side of his face.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He’s the only person ever to be successfully sued by the U.S. for starting a forest fire.

Johnny Cash was so cool – His first gig with the Tennessee Two was for some dear old ladies in a church.

Johnny Cash was so cool – His first pen name was Johnny Dollar.

Johnny Cash was so cool – His middle name was Ray.

Johnny Cash was so cool – Muhammad Ali wrote a poem for him called “Truth”, that’s currently locked in the Cash Family vault.

Johnny Cash was so cool – On the bicentennial Independence Day parade, he served as grand marshal for the federal government police … for free.

Johnny Cash was so cool – He once drove a tractor into a lake.

Johnny Cash was so cool – The Masons rejected his membership application “on moral grounds.”

Johnny Cash was so cool – He used to binge out on amphetamines in the desert in a camper … which he, of course, spray-painted black … and which he nicknamed ‘Jesse James’.

Johnny Cash was so cool – Roy Orbison was his neighbour, in Tennessee for over 20 years.

Johnny Cash was so cool – That if you wish to celebrate his birthday memorial, the Carter Cash family simply just want you to wear black.