Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Johnny Cash's First Performance / Johnny Cash and Tennessee Two
Johnny Cash's First Performance
The singer-songwriter who became know as "The Man in Black," Johnny Cash launched his music career on this site in December 1954. Working as a door-to-door appliance salesman, Cash teamed up with guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshal Grant, two auto mechanics employed by Automobile Sales, 309 Union. Often they rehearsed in the repair shop. A postman, who was a member of Galloway Methodist Church, overheard them and urged his wife to invite them to perform at the church. As a member of the Pioneer Class, a women's bible study group, she was organizing a missionary fund-raiser. Cash's group accepted the invitation, performing a mix of songs. Among them was one of Cash's own compositions--"Belshazzar." It referred to the Babylonian king in the Book of Daniel who saw God's handwriting on the wall and a message of doom. Other songs included, "Peace in the Valley," "Walking the Floor Over You," and several Christmas Hymns."
Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
After that first performance Johnny Cash and his backup musicians, Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant, began calling themselves "The Tennessee Three." They were trying but failing to build a lineup of pop and country tunes. In response, Cash wrote several songs, including, "Hey Porter" and "Cry, Cry, Cry," that
Erected 2016 by The Visible Music College, Friends of Johnny Cash and Shelby County Historical Commission.
Location. 35° 7.083′ N, 89° 59.476′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Cooper Street and Walker Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Cooper Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1015 Cooper Street, Memphis TN 38104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John B. Weatherall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Zippin Pippin / Libertyland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Heiskell Farm (was approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing. ); The Hiker Tennessee Williams Play (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Memphis 13/Rozelle Elementary School (approx. one mile away); Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (approx. one mile away); Orange Mound (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Sun Records
Also see . . . Unveiling of Johnny Cash Marker. (Submitted on April 16, 2017, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
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