Prior to her marriage to Cash, she was professionally known as June Carter and occasionally was still credited as such after her marriage as well as on songwriting credits predating it. She played guitar, banjo , harmonica, and autoharp , and acted in several films and television shows. Her parents were country music performers and she performed with the Carter Family from the age of 10, in
They were both married when they first met
Elvis Set Them Up?
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. Read on for a look at their romance. The daughter of Ezra and Maybelle Carter, her mother played with the successful country and folk group the Carter Family with June's uncle A. Carter and his wife Sara since —by the time she was ten, little June was also contributing her voice to the band. In the s June, along with her mother and her two sisters, Helen and Anita, formed the act Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters intermittently billed simply as the Carter Sisters traveling the country, playing radio shows, and eventually joining the cast of the national country music showcase the Grand Ole Opry. It was through the Opry that June met honky-tonk singer Carl Smith, whom she married in
‘Til Death Do Us Part?
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. Both were married to other people at the time of that first fateful meeting. Cash and Carter began working together professionally and by the early s were touring with Carter singing backup and as a duet partner. Which we did. Liberto would begin to suspect her husband of having an affair with Carter, and in filed for divorce, citing fidelity concerns and his addiction issues as reasons.
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.