Carter was introduced to country music, specifically Appalachian folk songs, at a very young age. Her mother, Maybelle Carter , was part of the Carter Family, a popular trio that grew to include June and her sisters. After the group disbanded in , June began touring with her mother and sisters as the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle. The act was featured on several radio and television programs, eventually becoming a regular at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Noted for her comedic skills and her talents with various musical instruments, especially the autoharp , June began a successful solo career while continuing to work with her family; she made her solo debut at the Grand Ole Opry in and later toured with Elvis Presley. She also pursued an acting career, studying with Lee Strasberg and garnering roles on television shows such as Gunsmoke. In Carter joined the road show of famed country singer Johnny Cash. Carter encouraged Cash to seek treatment for his drug addiction, and the couple married in June continued to record popular duets with Cash as well as perform as a solo artist—she earned her first Grammy as a solo artist for Press On —and as a member of the Carter Family, which had re-formed in the s. Her autobiographies, Among My Klediments and From the Heart , were published in and , respectively.
She and her sisters, Helen and Anita, performed as the Carter Sisters, with June singing, playing autoharp and rhythm guitar and keeping audiences entertained with her comedic wit. After their divorce, June toured with Elvis Presley and was briefly married to a local police officer, Edwin Nix, with whom she had another daughter, Rozanna who was called Rosie. But she returned to music with her mother and sisters in the early s to work with Johnny Cash. For much of the s and s June's career to a backseat to Johnny's. But in , following what many believed to be her retirement, June reemerged with the album Press On , which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. Four years later, Wildwood Flower netted her two Grammys. June Carter Cash died of complications following heart surgery on May 15, , in Nashville, Tennessee. Later that year, her beloved husband passed away on September
They were both married when they first met
Easily the most iconic country music romance of all time, Johnny Cash and June Carter had a love story that transcended time, addiction, and the highs and lows of fame. From performing hit crossover songs "Jackson" , to inspiring an Oscar-caliber movie about their relationship, Johnny Cash and June Carter remain to this day one of the most famous and celebrated relationships of the 20th century. But it wasn't always smooth sailing—both Cash and Carter overcame personal hurtles and industry obstacles that could have prevented their being together.
Their story inspired iconic love songs and was recreated in an Oscar-nominated film. Johnny and June Carter Cash became the torch-bearers of deep, passionate love — country-music style. But the lovebirds navigated rough waters leading up to and during their year marriage which produced one son, multiple hit songs about heartache, adoration and redemption, and ended when they took their final mortal bows within four months of each other. Carter had been aware of Cash through the recommendations of Elvis Presley , with whom she had been singing backup. Just a guitar and a bass and a gentle kind of presence that made not only me, but whole audiences become his followers.