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FREE now and never miss the top Royal stories again. SUBSCRIBE Invalid email Sign up fornow and never miss the top Royal stories again. We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Johnny Cash grew in fame throughout the 1950s and 1960s, performing on the road with folk, country and rock 'n' roll acts.
In his later years he continued working until the end, releasing a song which defined how he was seen. This song was Hurt, which was nostalgic, depressing and full of the Man in Black's heart. Trending Johnny Cash released Hurt in 2002, the year before his death, after being convinced to do so by producer Rick Rubin. Johnny was not keen at first on the song, partly because the sound of the original artist was so far removed from his own work. According to Rolling Stone, Rick said of Johnny's reaction: "I think it was hard for him to hear it. "So I sent him the lyrics. I said, 'Just read the lyrics. If you like the lyrics, then we'll find a way to do it that will suit you'." READ MORE: Josh Groban music: When did Josh Groban start singing? How old is he? Johnny Cash - who wrote his song Hurt? READ MORE Johnny Cash children: Did Johnny have any children with June Carter? This seemed to convince him, and he recorded the song at Rick's home in LA, though this session was difficult due to Johnny's health issues from autonomic neuropathy, brought on by diabetes. Rick continued: "There were times when his voice sounded broken. "He tried to turn that into a positive in the selection of the music. It was a real struggle for him." The album which included Hurt, American IV: The Man Comes Around, was released on November 5, 2002, and it turned out to be the final album released before his death. Johnny Cash on stage Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash with their son John READ MORE Johnny Cash's drug addiction struggle 'He thought he was going to die' Trent was unsure of Johnny's version to begin with, telling Alternative Press in 2004: "I was flattered, but frankly, the idea sounded a bit gimmicky to me." Having said that, his mind soon changed after he saw the music video, after which he said in the same interview: "Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps... Wow. I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore. "It really made me think about how powerful music is. "I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in. Johnny Cash in the recording studio "Somehow that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era and still retains sincerity and meaning - different, but every bit as pure." The song introduced Johnny into a very new demographic, but sadly he did not live long after, though he continued to make music for the months after his wife died, before his own death. Before Johnny's death and the release of his final album, his fortunes had changed from his heyday in the 1960s through to 1991, when he was dropped by his record company. He worked with U2 on their 1993 album Zooropa, which got Rick's attention, who began recording the singer in his own living room with an acoustic guitar.