Every day a star is born. Eighty three years ago today, that star was Johnny Cash. In the 60 years since he hit the main stage, his influence has echoed in nearly every genre. Blending blues, country, gospel and rock to create his signature sound, the “Man in Black” crossed genres, receiving the rare honor of being inducted into the Country, Rock & Roll and Gospel Halls of Fame.

Let’s celebrate his contribution to music and culture with a look at ten of his greatest hits.

I Walk The Line – A 1958 performance of his signature song from the Town Hall Party in Los Angeles.

Big River – One of his classic Sun recordings performed on Grand Ole Opry network special in 1962.

Jackson with June Carter – Cash and his wife June Carter are “hotter than a pepper sprout” in this 1968 clip.

Ring of Fire – Fellow Sun legend Carl Perkins picks guitar on this show-stopper co-authored by June Carter.

Girl from the North Country with Bob Dylan – The 1969 premiere of “The Johnny Cash Show” on ABC TV featured this duet from Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” album.

Blue Yodel #9 with Louis Armstrong – A historic summit meeting from “The Johnny Cash Show” demonstrating their shared influence of Jimmie Rodgers.

Man in Black – Debuted for an audience of college students, Cash sings his anthem in solidarity with the oppressed and anti-war protesters

Johnny Cash in San Quentin – A short BBC film documenting a 1969 performance at San Quentin prison immortalized on a best-selling live album.

Folsom Prison Blues with Willie Nelson – Two of the “Highwaymen” team up for this heart-warming 1998 appearance on VH-1’s “Storytellers” series.

Hurt – Goosebump inducing rendition of Nine Inch Nails meditation that served as somewhat of a video epitaph upon his death in 2003.

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