Johnny Cash Tribute Left the Man in Black Fighting Tears

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On Dec. 8, 1996, Johnny Cash joined Edward Albee, Benny Carter, Jack Lemmon and Maria Tallchief as that year’s Kennedy Center honorees.

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During Cash’s portion of the program, his daughter Rosanne Cash joined Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris for a medley of hits that left the Man in Black holding back tears.
Kristofferson began the tribute with one of his own high points as a songwriter, “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” Lovett’s rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues” followed, as did a version of “Ring of Fire” by Harris. That was all as great as you might expect, but the evening’s most memorable moment was yet to come.

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