When Johnny Cash & June Carter got married

Johnny Cash June Carter Cash - Wedding (1968)

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Johnny Cash and June Carter, country singers who teamed up on a Grammy-winning record, teamed up in marriage, too — and surprised the world with their wedding announcement back in the late 60s. Here’s a look back at their time together!

June Carter & Johnny Cash got married on March 1, 1968

Independent Press-Telegram (Long Beach, California) March 3, 1968

Johnny Cash and Miss June Carter, country and Western music singers who teamed up on a Grammy-winning record, teamed up in marriage, too, it was announced Friday.

Johnny Cash and June Carter got married in 1968

Columbia Records said the marriage took place in Franklin, Kentucky, and that after a short honeymoon, the couple will reside in Nashville.

Last Thursday, as Cash accepted a Grammy award for the record “Jackson,” he remarked, “This is a fine wedding present.”

Miss Carter performs with her Mother, Maybelle, and two sisters, Anita and Helen. Maybelle Carter was a member of the original Carter family group, well-known in the annals of American folk music.

It was the second marriage for Cash, and the third for Miss Carter.

Johnny Cash and June Carter got married (1968)

Johnny Cash and June Carter (1)

June Carter & Johnny Cash exchange vows (1968)

Two Grammy Award winners and stars of the Grand Ole Opry, June Carter and Johnny Cash were married in Franklin on Friday.

The pair reportedly chose Franklin for the unannounced ceremony, held at the First Methodist Church, because they were looking for a small town where a quiet wedding could be held. 

Johnny Cash and June Carter (2)

Two other Opry stars in the wedding were Merle Kilgore, co-author of one of Cash’s first big hits, “I Walk the Line,” and George Morgan. Kilgore was best man, and Morgan sang in the ceremony.

A close friend of Mrs. Cash, Mrs. Monroe Brooks, Gallatin, was matron of honor. Rev. Leslie Chapman, pastor of the Methodist Church, married the couple.

The night before the wedding, Cash and Miss Carter had received a Grammy for their recording of “Jackson.”

YouTube video

Johnny Cash and June Carter got married - Wedding

Johnny Cash – Hurt video (also features June Carter Cash)

This video was filmed in February 2003, when Johnny Cash was 71. Within seven months of the video’s debut, both Johnny and June had passed away. The couple had been married for 35 years.

John R. Cash: February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003

Valerie June Carter Cash: June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003

YouTube video

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