Stamp collectors can now add Johnny Cash to their collection. Known to his fans as ‘The Man In Black,’ Johnny’s stamp is being issued this year as part of the United States Postal Service’s new Music Icons series. Resembling a 45 rpm record sleeve, the stamp features a photograph of Johnny taken by Frank Bez during the photo session for Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.
Johnny’s music was inspired by stories of outlaws and laborers and his own life. Born in the Depression, he grew up in rural Arkansas. The culture, particularly the Bible, gospel and country music, remained with him throughout his life with music colored by themes of redemption, loneliness, love, loss and death.
By the 1960s, Johnny was one of the top artists in country music. His string of hits included “Cry, Cry, Cry,” “I Walk the Line,” and “A Boy Named Sue,” which won a GRAMMY. His career surged again in the 1990s with several more GRAMMY Awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
The Johnny Cash stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp, which are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. Greg Breeding served as art director and designer for the stamp.