Johnny Cash’s 1st gold record finally on public display
The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, has unveiled a rare item that will be on public display for the first time ever. Actually, the country music icon earned his first gold record for the recording of “I Walk the Line,” but for the past decade the plaque has been in the hands of private collectors.
This because the plaque was sold as a part of a Cash estate auction shortly after his death to an anonymous buyer. Bill Miller, the founder of the museum, purchased it from a private collector in Germany earlier this year.
The museum contains exhibitions, pictures and memorabilia from the life of country music legend Johnny Cash and on Tuesday (May 1st) it displayed his first gold record.
Sixty-two years after “I Walk the Line” was released on Sun Records, visitors to the Johnny Cash Museum can now see the plaque on display with many of his other gold and platinum records.
“This is a piece we had to acquire — at any price — and return to its proper place, which is the Johnny Cash Museum,” museum founder Bill Miller said in a news release. “I held this award in my hands during my last visit with Johnny in early September in 2003. I feel good that it’s in my hands again, this time for all the world to see and enjoy.”