Johnny Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 7, 1950. After basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and technical training at Brooks Air Force Base, both in San Antonio, Texas, Cash was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, Germany as a Morse Code Intercept Operator for Soviet Army transmissions. It was there he created his first band, named "The Landsberg Barbarians." He was the first radio operator to pick up the news of the death of Joseph Stalin. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on July 3, 1954, and returned to Texas. Singer Johnny Cash looks back to his days in the Air Force in 1952, on "The Johnny Cash Christmas Special," to be shown Nov. 30, 1977 on CBS-TV. (AP Photo/CBS-TV)
JOHNNY CASH - 'The Man in Black' was arrested in October 1965 when U.S. Customs agents found hundreds of pep pills and tranquilizers in his luggage. Cash who was returning by plane from a trip to Juarez, Mexico, spent a night in the El Paso jail, and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count.
FILE -- In a May 23, 1993 file photo, Johnny Cash performs at a benefit concert in Central Park in New York, Cash who was raised on gospel music and turned to religion and Christian music midway through his career, will be inducted into the GMA Gospel Hall of Fame in January, 2011. (AP Photo/Joe Tabacca)