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Rosanne Cash

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Memphis, United States (1979 – present)

Rosanne Cash (born May 24, 1955 in Memphis, Tennesee) is an American singer and songwriter. She is oldest daughter of Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto, born shortly before the release of her father’s first single. She is also the stepdaughter of June Carter Cash and the stepsister of country singer Carlene Carter.

Cash released her first single in 1979, a duet with Bobby Bare called “We Don’t Need No Memories Hangin’ ‘Round”. Two years later, she had her first country No. 1 (and the biggest commercial hit of her career), “Seven Year Ache”. Although Cash was a prominent country star throughout the ’80s, alongside fellow decade-defining artists Emmylou Harris, Juice Newton, and Dolly Parton, her music was anything but traditional: She topped the charts with songs written not only by herself, but by her father (“Tennessee Flat Top Box”), John Hiatt (“The Way We Make A Broken Heart”), Tom Petty (“Never Be You”) and The Beatles (“I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party”), “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me”, which won her a Grammy in 1985, and “It’s Such A Small World”, a 1987 duet with Rodney Crowell on his album Diamonds & Dirt, provided further hits. A sampling of these songs and more are included on the compilation Hits 1979-1989. In 1979, she married Rodney Crowell, who was to produce most of her hit records. Their stormy marriage lasted until 1992; its break-up is chronicled in Cash’s Interiors and in Crowell’s album Life Is Messy. Cash later married John Leventhal, who produced her albums The Wheel, 10 Song Demo, Rules Of Travel, and Black Cadillac.

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