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June Carter Cash

Years ago, when most TV stations actually signed off at night, I would have to get up around 5:00 every morning to get ready for school because I had such a long bus ride ahead of me.  I’d eat breakfast while watching the only thing on TV at that time on one of the few American channels that didn’t sign off.  It was called “Classic Country,” and it was vintage footage from the Grand Ole Opry.  I actually became a fan of the show after a while because it so kitschy.

One of the big stars of the show was today’s birthday girl, June Carter, who would appear with the group “Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters.”  She was a scrawny little thing with a high-pitched, twangy voice and a plucky personality.  Eventually she would become a star in her own right, but her own celebrity would be eclipsed first by her husband, Johnny Cash, and then by her daughter and stepdaughter.  Practically everyone in the Carter-Cash family would become more famous than June.

But it’s just like a Cancer to step into the role of the matriarch without protest.  Her stepdaughter Rosanne Cash once said “if being a wife were a corporation, June would have been a CEO.  It was her most treasured role.”

I should be evaluating June’s sense of style, but she was so far removed from the typical world of celebrity glamour that it would be futile to discuss her in those terms.  I will say that I’m not surprised that the mother of country music was born with the sun sign of the archetypal maternal figure.


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June 23, 2010 at 9:09 am

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