The Stamp in Black: Johnny Cash to be Honored with New Forever Postage Stamp

Posted by Billyjam, June 4, 2013 01:47pm | Post a Comment

Johnny Cash StampTurns out, contrary to those famous Chuck D/Public Enemy lyrics I once believed applied to me, that some of my heroes do in fact appear on some stamps since tomorrow (June 5th) one of my longtime musical heroes Johnny Cash will be honored with the release of a limited-edition Johnny Cash Forever stamp. And in celebration of the new Man in Black stamp tomorrow in Nashville there will be a big First Day Of Issuance Ceremony at the Tennessee city's Ryman Auditorium with be family and friends of the late great country music legend to be either speaking or performing including John Carter Cash, Carlene Carter, Larry Gatlin, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Roys, Marty Stuart and Randy Travis. The USPS sponsored event is free and open to the public and starts at 10:30am but doors open a little earlier at 9am to sell the collectible stamp. The musical legend's son John Carter Cash said, in a prepared statement, that “It is an amazing blessing that my father Johnny Cash be honored with the issue of this stamp. Dad was a hard-working man, a man of dignity. As much as anything else, he was a proud American, always supporting his family, fans and country. I can think of no better way to pay due respect to his legacy than through the release of this stamp.”

Designed by art director Greg Breeding and made to look similar to a 45 record sleeve, the photo image for the new Johnny Cash Forever stamp (pictured above) is from the 1963 photo session by photographer Frank Bez which was for the 1963 album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.  The stamp is part of the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon series that also includes stamps honoring Ray Charles which will be released in September and Lydia Mendoza which is now available now at all post offices. I know as I just checked with my local post office who had them in stock. Meanwhile the new Johnny Cash stamp, which are self-adhesive stamps are being issued in sheets of 16, will be available for purchase at the Ryman Auditorium tomorrow June 5 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the CMA Festival Fan Fair X at LP Field June 6-9, at most major city Post Offices as of tomorrow and at all other ones soon after, and online here. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992,  Johnny Cash left a great legacy of music. Check out the five pages of releases on the Amoeba website shop. I leave you with one of his many great songs: a video of “Folsom Prison Blues” recorded live at San Quentin.

Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues" live at San Quentin

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