Who is the King of Country Music?
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George Strait: http://en.wikipedia.org...
Roy Acuff: http://en.wikipedia.org...
Personally, I tend to side with Acuff as the King of Country Music, as does the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Note that Johnny Cash has never been called the King of Country Music.
Many people think that Cash isn't a good singer because he didn't have a big vocal range and was just honky-tonk bass. We as society see better singers with a better range of singing rather than what they actually are singing. Johnny always sang from heart and songs that he would wrote were of life and hard-times. What really is important in the vocals of country music is being able to bring a story that touches the hearts of the people who are listening. Whether it be "A Boy Named Sue" which a comedic song that brings laughter and joy, or "Hurt" which brings a sense of despair and hopelessness that occurs in life, each and every song Johnny Cash wrote and sang gave these kinds of emotions that would touch the hearts of the thousands in the crowd.
Johnny wasn't a criminal, he was a rebel and there is a big difference in that. He had his own philosophy in life and he did things his way regardless of what the consequences were. Most of the time he got in trouble, it was because of his drug addiction that he suffered from but he never actually went to prison. As stated in Wikipedia, "Despite landing in jail seven times for misdemeanors, each stay lasted only a single night.". Another big thing was he was known as the Man in Black which made his character look mean and cold-hearted but his reasons for why he dressed in black so much is stated in his song "Man in Black". "I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime but is there because he's the victim of the times." (Johnny Cash in the song "Man in Black"). One of the many reasons why he wore black was because it was a representation of something that was very special to him such as the men who died in the Vietnam War.
Johnny Cash can be very notable for being known as "King of Country Music" with his accomplishments in his career of writing over a thousand inspirational songs, to being a big influence in today's country artists, to being one of the few hundred to be inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
And with that,
R.I.P. John R. "Johnny" Cash (1936-2003)
"If you however asked the same people who the king of Country music is, they won't give you a defined answer."
Yes, they will. They will either say Acuff or Strait, because they were both promoted as "The King of Country Music". Johnny Cash is a great musician, but, as you say, he lacks Strait's popularity as a country artist. Neither of them changed the genre the way Acuff did.
The entire second and third paragraphs of your argument centered around the idea that Johnny Cash is underrated. While you seem to have put a lot of time into your reasoning, I think you need to actually see what Johnny accomplished. You could just read the Wikipedia article you linked to, but I'll save you the time. Cash was worth around 120 million at the time of his death.. That's 9 digits, folks. Not the bank account of an underrated genius. Johnny Cash had a museum, 34 gold records, and his face plastered on every magazine in the country around 2003. Seriously, look at these.
And yet, despite all this, Cash still isn't the King of Country. He's just a monotone singer and a decent songwriter. Acuff is, and will probably always continue to be, the King.
"To be one of the few hundred inducted into the country music hall of fame"
Both Acuff and Strait were inducted into the Hall of Fame, something I pointed out in my opener.
Acuff changed country forever, renovating it from simple, boring, hoedown-y twang 'n clang into modern country. He is, unlike Cash, the King of Country Music.
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