‘Jackson’: The Story Behind Johnny and June’s Iconic Duet

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Johnny and June
Johnny and June

When it comes to writing hits, there’s a man who knows his way around a hook and melody. Billy Edd Wheeler, a North Carolina resident, is one of the most successful songwriters of the state. He’s known best for penning the famous Jackson lyrics for Johnny Cash and June Carter‘s spicy duet with his friend Jerry Leiber. His songs have been cut by Judy Collins, Neil Young, The Kingston Trio, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers and more.

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In an interview with Come Hear North Carolina, Mr. Wheeler answered the following questions about his writing of the country music classic “Jackson.”

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