Monday, August 8, 2011

MARSHALL GRANT, Johnny Cash’s Legendary Bass Player, Dies Aged 83

By Andrew Vaughan,  

Marshall Grant, who was the last surviving member of the iconic Johnny Cash & Tennessee Two, died this weekend. He was 83. 

Not only was Grant an integral part of the famous Cash “boom-chicka-boom” sound, but he acted as Cash’s road manager throughout the ’60s and ’70s. 

Picture: Columbia Nashville

According to Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper, Johnny Cash’s daughter, Rosanne Cash paid the following tribute: “Had Dad not had Marshall, he wouldn’t have had the ‘Johnny Cash Sound,’ and he wouldn’t have become all that he was, in his fullness. And I wouldn’t have become a songwriter or a musician. There’s a whole lineage that wouldn’t have happened.” 

Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, added: “He and Luther were automobile mechanics when they met my dad. None of the three were educated in music whatsoever, but that’s part of the magic of it: that innocence behind their sound.” 

Marshall Grant's Epiphone bass and Sunn Amp
at The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN

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