13 Things You Didn’t Know About Johnny Cash And June Carter’s Relationship

  
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Johnny Cash and June Carter one of the most popular couples in country music, and arguably one of the greatest love stories of all time. Sadly, the two passed away within four months of each other in 2003 after almost 35 years of raising children, touring and creating music together. Their love story has been widely documented through film and song, but we’ve got all the details here in this slideshow! Check out 13 things you probably didn’t know about their relationship:

13. How They Met

They met in 1956 backstage at the Opry. “I first heard of [Johnny Cash] through Elvis Presley. Elvis would make me go into these little cafes and listen to John [on the jukebox] when we played in the South-in the Carolinas and all down through Florida and Georgia. Then, on night backstage at the Opry, this man walked up to me and said, ‘I want to meet you, I’m Johnny Cash.’ And I said, ‘Well I oughta know who you are. Elvis can’t even tune his guitar unless he goes, ‘Everybody knows where you go when the sun goes down,’” said June. When they met Cash was married to his first wife, Vivian Liberto, and Carter, who had been married twice before, was dating someone else.

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12. Love at First Sight

As Johnny Cash remembers it, he said she “stole his heart” the first moment he saw her. In the documentary The Winding Stream, he recalled their love story: “I met June Carter backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1956 and I met mother Maybelle, Helen and Anita. Of course, I fell in love with that June, that red-headed one, that dancer, the one that pulls the jokes, the funny one. She stole my heart right away, right away. That night I told her, I said, ‘I’m gonna marry you someday,’ but at the time we were both with somebody else.”

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