June Carter Cash
June Carter Cash

June Carter Money (born Valerie June Carter; June 23, 1929 – Could 15, 2003)[1] was a five-time Grammy award-winning American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, comic, and creator who was a member of the Carter Household and the second spouse of singer Johnny Money. Previous to her marriage to Money, she was professionally often called June Carter and sometimes was nonetheless credited as such after her marriage (in addition to on songwriting credit predating it). She performed guitar, banjo, harmonica, and autoharp, and acted in a number of movies and tv exhibits. Carter Money received 5 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Christian Music Corridor of Fame in 2009.[2]


June Carter Money was born Valerie June Carter in Maces Spring, Virginia, to Maybelle Carter (nee’ Addington) and Ezra Carter. Her dad and mom have been nation music performers and he or she carried out with the Carter Household from the age of 10, in 1939. In March 1943, when the Carter Household trio stopped recording collectively on the finish of the WBT contract, Maybelle Carter, with encouragement from her husband Ezra, fashioned “Mom Maybelle and the Carter Sisters” together with her daughters, Helen, Anita, and June. The brand new group first aired on radio station WRNL in Richmond, Virginia, on June 1. Doc (Addington) and Carl (McConnell)—Maybelle’s brother and cousin, respectively, often called “The Virginia Boys”, joined them in late 1945. June, then 16, was a co-announcer with Ken Allyn and did the commercials on the radio exhibits for Pink Star Flour, Martha White, and Thalhimers Division Retailer, simply to call a couple of.[3] For the following 12 months, the Carters and Doc and Carl did present dates inside driving vary of Richmond, by way of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. She attended John Marshall Excessive College throughout this era.[4] June later mentioned she needed to work tougher at her music than her sisters, however she had her personal particular expertise—comedy.[5] A spotlight of the street exhibits was her “Aunt Polly” comedy routine. Together with her skinny and lanky body, June Carter usually performed a comedic foil through the group’s performances alongside different Opry stars Faron Younger and Webb Pierce. Carl McConnell wrote in his memoirs that June was “a natural-born clown, if there ever was one”. Many years later, Carter revived Aunt Polly for the 1976 TV collection Johnny Money & Pals.

After Doc and Carl dropped out of the music enterprise in late 1946, Maybelle and her daughters moved to Sunshine Sue Workman’s “Previous Dominion Barn Dance” on the WRVA Richmond station. After some time there, they moved to WNOX in Knoxville, Tennessee, the place they met Chet Atkins with Homer and Jethro.

In 1949, Mom Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, with their lead guitarist, Atkins, have been residing in Springfield, Missouri, and performing repeatedly at KWTO. Ezra “Eck” Carter, Maybelle’s husband and supervisor of the group, declined quite a few gives from the Grand Ole Opry to maneuver the act to Nashville, Tennessee, as a result of the Opry wouldn’t allow Atkins to accompany the group onstage. Atkins’ fame as a guitar participant had begun to unfold, and studio musicians have been fearful that he would displace them as a ‘first-call’ participant if he got here to Nashville. Lastly, in 1950, Opry administration relented and the group, together with Atkins, grew to become a part of the Opry firm. Right here the household befriended Hank Williams and Elvis Presley (to whom they have been distantly associated), and June met Johnny Money.

June and her sisters, with mom Maybelle and aunt Sara becoming a member of in once in a while, reclaimed the identify “The Carter Household” for his or her act through the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s.

Profession highlights

Money with husband Johnny, President Richard Nixon and First Woman Pat Nixon on April 17, 1970.

Whereas June Carter Money could also be greatest identified for singing and songwriting, she was additionally an creator, dancer, actress, comic, philanthropist, and humanitarian.[6] Director Elia Kazan noticed her carry out on the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and inspired her to review appearing. She studied with Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner on the Neighborhood Playhouse College of the Theatre in New York. Her appearing roles included Mrs. “Momma” Dewey in Robert Duvall’s 1998 film The Apostle, Sister Ruth, spouse to Johnny Money’s character Child Cole, on Dr. Quinn, Medication Girl (1993–97), and Clarise on Gunsmoke in 1957. She was notable as Mayhayley Lancaster enjoying alongside husband Money within the 1983 tv film Homicide in Coweta County. June was additionally Momma James in The Final Days of Frank and Jesse James.[7] She additionally acted in occasional comedy skits for numerous Johnny Money TV packages.

As a singer, she had each a solo profession and a profession singing with first her household and later her husband. As a solo artist, she grew to become considerably profitable with upbeat nation tunes of the Fifties comparable to “Jukebox Blues” and, together with her exaggerated breaths, the comedic hit “No Swallerin’ Place” by Frank Loesser. June additionally recorded “The Heel” within the Nineteen Sixties together with many different songs.

Within the early Nineteen Sixties, June Carter wrote the tune “Ring of Hearth”, which later went on to be a success for her future husband, Johnny Money. She co-wrote the tune with fellow songwriter Merle Kilgore. June wrote the lyrics about her relationship with Johnny Money and he or she provided the tune to her sister Anita Carter, who was the primary singer to file the tune. In 1963, Johnny recorded the tune with the Carter Household singing backup, and added mariachi horns. The tune grew to become a number-one hit and went on to grow to be one of the recognizable songs on the earth of nation music.
In her autobiography, “I Walked the Line”, Johnny’s first spouse Vivian Money disputes the parable that June Carter co-wrote the tune, “Ring of Hearth”. Vivian relates the story that Johnny instructed her in 1963 that he wrote the tune with Merle Kilgore and Curly whereas fishing and that he was going to present June half credit score as a result of “She wants the cash. And I like her.”

Her first notable studio efficiency with Johnny Money occurred in 1964 when she duetted with Money on “It Ain’t Me Babe”, a Bob Dylan composition, that was launched as a single and on Money’s album Orange Blossom Particular. In 1967, the 2 discovered extra substantial success with their recording of “Jackson”, which was adopted by a collaboration album, Carryin’ On with Johnny Money and June Carter. All these releases antedated her marriage to Money (upon which occasion she modified her skilled identify to June Carter Money). She continued to work with Money on file and on stage for the remainder of her life, recording quite a few duets with Money for his numerous albums and being an everyday on The Johnny Money Present from 1969 to 1971 and on Money’s annual Christmas specials. After Carryin’ On, June Carter Money recorded yet one more direct collaboration album, Johnny Money and His Girl, launched in 1973, and alongside together with her daughters was a featured vocalist on Money’s 1974 album The Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me. She additionally shared sleeve credit score together with her husband on a 2000 small-label gospel launch, Return to the Promised Land

Though she supplied vocals on many recordings, and shared the billing with Money on a number of album releases, June Carter Money solely recorded three solo albums throughout her lifetime: the primary, Appalachian Pleasure, launched in 1975, Press On (1999), and Wildwood Flower, launched posthumously in 2003 and produced by her son, John Carter Money. Appalachian Pleasure is the one one of many three on which Johnny Money doesn’t carry out, whereas Press On is notable for that includes June Carter Money singing her unique association of “Ring of Hearth”.

One in every of her last appearances was a nonspeaking/nonsinging look within the music video for her husband’s 2003 single, “Damage”, filmed a couple of months earlier than her demise. One in every of her final identified public appearances was on April 7, 2003, simply over a month earlier than her demise, when she appeared on the CMT Flameworthy awards program to just accept an achievement award on behalf of her husband, who was too ailing to attend.

She received a Grammy award in 1999 for, Press On. Her final album, Wildwood Flower, received two extra Grammys. It accommodates bonus video enhancements displaying extracts from the movie of the recording classes, which befell on the Carter Household property in Hiltons, Virginia, on September 18–20, 2002. The songs on the album embrace “Huge Yellow Peaches”, “Sinking within the Lonesome Sea”, “Temptation”, and the trademark staple “Wildwood Flower”. Resulting from her involvement in offering backing vocals on lots of her husband’s recordings, an extra posthumous launch occurred in 2014, when Out Among the many Stars was launched below Johnny Money’s identify. The album consists of beforehand unreleased recordings from the early Eighties, together with two on which June Carter Money gives duet vocals.

Her autobiography was printed in 1979, and he or she wrote a memoir, From the Coronary heart, nearly 10 years later.[8]

Private life

Johnny Money and June Carter Money in 1969

Carter was married 3 times and had one youngster with every husband. All three of her kids went on to have profitable careers in nation music. She was married first to honky-tonk singer Carl Smith from July 9, 1952, till their divorce in 1956. Collectively, they wrote “Time’s A-Wastin”. That they had a daughter, Rebecca Carlene Smith, professionally often called Carlene Carter, a rustic musician.[9] June’s second marriage was to Edwin “Rip” Nix, a former soccer participant, police officer, and racecar driver, on November 11, 1957. That they had a daughter, Rosie, on July 13, 1958. The couple divorced in 1966. Rosie was a rustic/rock singer. On October 24, 2003, Rosie, aged 45, died from unintended carbon monoxide poisoning. She and Bluegrass musician Jimmy Campbell have been on a college bus, which had been transformed for journey. A number of propane heaters have been getting used to warmth the bus.[10]

Carter and your complete Carter Household had carried out with Johnny Money for quite a few years. In 1968, Money proposed to Carter throughout a dwell efficiency on the London Ice Home in London, Ontario. They married on March 1 in Franklin, Kentucky,[8] and remained married till her demise in Could 2003, simply 4 months earlier than Money died. The couple’s son, John Carter Money, is a musician, songwriter, and producer.

Carter’s distant cousin, the previous U.S. President Jimmy Carter, grew to become intently acquainted with Money and Carter and maintained their friendship all through their lifetimes. In a June 1977 speech, Jimmy Carter acknowledged that June Carter was his distant cousin.[11]

Carter was a longtime supporter of SOS Kids’s Villages. In 1974, the Cashes donated cash to assist construct a village close to their house in Barrett City, Jamaica, which they visited often, enjoying the guitar and singing songs to the kids within the village.[12]

June Carter Money additionally had shut relationships with quite a few entertainers, together with Audrey Williams, James Dean, Patsy Cline,[13] Loretta Lynn,[14] Jessi Colter, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley,[13] Robert Duvall, and Roy Orbison.[15]


Carter died in Nashville, Tennessee, on Could 15, 2003, on the age of 73, from problems following heart-valve substitute surgical procedure, surrounded by her household, together with her husband of 35 years, Johnny Money.[8] At Carter’s funeral, her stepdaughter Rosanne Money said, “if being a spouse have been a company, June would have been a CEO. It was her most treasured function.”[16] Johnny Money died 4 months after Carter’s demise, and Carter’s daughter, Rosie Nix Adams, a month after that. All three are buried on the Hendersonville Reminiscence Gardens close to their house in Hendersonville, Tennessee.[17]


Carter and her future husband, Johnny Money, reached quantity 2 on the U.S. Nation charts with their 1967 duet of “Jackson”. Their efficiency received the 1968 Grammy Award for Finest Nation & Western Efficiency Duet, Trio or Group. The 2 received the 1971 Grammy Award, for Finest Nation Vocal Efficiency by a Duo or Group, for his or her 1970 duet “If I Have been a Carpenter”.

Carter Money received the 2000 Grammy Award, for Finest Conventional Folks Album, for her 1999 album Press On. The album was a top-15 success on the Americana chart. Carter Money’s final album, Wildwood Flower, was launched posthumously in 2003. Carter Money received the 2004 Grammy Award for Finest Conventional Folks Album, and he or she additionally received the 2004 Grammy Award for Finest Feminine Nation Vocal Efficiency for the one “Carry on the Sunny Facet”.[3]


June Carter Money alongside together with her husband, Johnny Money, labored with and gave cash to the group, SOS Kids’s Villages, all through their life. They started this involvement in 1973 once they donated $12,000 ($75,351 in 2022 phrases) to construct an orphanage in a Jamaican village near their house within the nation.[18] They’d go to the close by village throughout their time spent in Jamaica and play with the kids and sing songs to them. When Johnny Money died in 2003, their household requested that donations be made to the SOS Kids’s Villages as a result of couple’s involvement.[19] In a quote from a consultant of the Prime Minister of Jamaica on the time, P.J. Patterson, talks about their charitable works within the nation, “A philanthropist extraordinaire, Mrs. Money made Jamaica her second house and beloved and cared deeply for the folks of her adopted nation. A gifted and gifted singer, she and her husband, Johnny Money, used the very abilities for the good thing about many charities in and round Montego Bay.”


In 2003, Carter was included by Nation Music Tv on their record of the “40 Best Girls of Nation Music”.[20]

June Carter was performed by Reese Witherspoon in Stroll the Line, a 2005 biographical movie of Johnny Money (performed by Joaquin Phoenix). The movie largely targeted on the event of their relationship over the course of 13 years, from their first assembly to her last acceptance of his proposal of marriage. Witherspoon carried out all vocals for the function, singing lots of June’s well-known songs, together with “Juke Field Blues” and “Jackson” with Phoenix.[21] Witherspoon received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Display screen Actors Guild Award for Finest Actress within the function.[22]

Musician and actress Jewel portrayed June Carter Money within the Lifetime tv film Ring of Hearth, which aired on Could 27, 2013. The movie is predicated on John Carter Money’s memoir Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Money.[23]



Yr Album Chart Positions
US Bluegrass US Nation
1975 Appalachian Pleasure
1999 Press On
It is All within the Household
2003 Wildwood Flower 2 33
Louisiana Hayride
2005 Carry on the Sunny Facet: June Carter Money – Her Life in Music
Church within the Wildwood: A Treasury of Appalachian Gospel
Ring of Hearth: The Better of June Carter Money
2006 Early June

Albums with Johnny Money

Notice: this record solely lists albums on which June Carter Money obtained co-billing. Most Seventies and Eighties album releases by Money featured at the least one duet together with her, and/or she supplied backing vocals.
Yr Album Chart Positions
US Nation US
1967 Carryin’ On with Johnny Money and June Carter 5
1973 Johnny Money and His Girl 32
1978 Johnny & June
2000 Return to the Promised Land
2006 16 Largest Hits: Johnny Money & June Carter Money 26 126
June Carter and Johnny Money: Duets


Yr Single Peak positions Album
US Nation CAN Nation
1949 “Grandma Instructed Me So” N/A
1950 “Root Hog, or Die”
“Bashful Rascal”
1951 “Factor”
“Mommie’s Actual Peculiar”
1953 “No Swallerin’ Place”
“You Flopped When You Bought Me Residence”
1954 “Tennessee Mambo, Left Over Mambo”
1955 “He Do not Love Me Anymore”
1956 “Unusual, Unusual Girl”
“Child I Tried”
1961 “Heel”
1962 “Mama Educate Me”
“Overalls and Dungarees”
1963 “I Pitched My Tent (On the Previous Camp Floor)”
1964 “Tall Lover Man”
“Go Away, Stranger”
1965 “Every little thing Ain’t Been Mentioned”
1971 “A Good Man” 27 12
1973 “Comply with Me” The Gospel Street
1975 “The Shadow of a Woman” Appalachian Pleasure
2003 “Carry on the Sunny Facet” Wildwood Flower
“—” denotes releases that didn’t chart

Singles with Johnny Money

Yr Single Peak positions Album
1964 “It Ain’t Me Babe” 4 58 85 28 Orange Blossom Particular
1967 “Jackson” 2 Carryin’ On with Johnny Money and June Carter
“Lengthy-Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man” 6
1969 “If I Have been a Carpenter” 2 36 1 13 11 52 Hey, I am Johnny Money
1971 “No Have to Fear” 15 7 Worldwide Celebrity
1972 “The Loving Present” 27 22 Any Previous Wind That Blows
1973 “Allegheny” 69 35 Johnny Money and His Girl
1976 “Previous Time Feeling” 26 24 Best Hits, Vol. 3
“—” denotes releases that didn’t chart

Featured singles

Yr Single Artist Peak
US Nation
1949 “Child, It is Chilly Exterior” Homer and Jethro 9 Non-album tune

Music movies

Yr Video
2003 “Carry on the Sunny Facet”

Additional studying

  • Carter, James ‘Jimmy’ (1978), Public papers of the presidents of the US: Jimmy Carter, 1977, Authorities Printing Workplace.
  • Money, June Carter (1979), Amongst My Klediments, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-38170-3.
  • Dawidoff, Nicholas (1998), Within the Nation of Nation: A Journey to the Roots of American Music, Classic Books, ISBN 0-375-70082-X.
  • McConnell, Carl P (January 24, 1976), A Temporary Historical past of My Household and an Autobiographical Sketch of My Musical Life. Background for liner notes for a Doc and Carl album recorded at Johnny Money’s Nashville studio. On-line at “Southern music”.
  • Zwonitzer, Mark; Hirschberg, Charles (2002), Will you miss me once I’m gone? The Carter Household and their legacy in American music, New York: Simon & Schuster.

  • June Carter Money Official Web site
  • “June Carter Money”, Music, Yahoo!, archived from the unique on April 24, 2006.
  • June Carter Money at IMDb
  • A.P. Carter Museum, Virginia, archived from the unique on Could 28, 2008.
  • Official Carter Household Fold Web site
  • “June Carter Money”. Discover a Grave. Retrieved November 30, 2013.

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