Johnny Cash museum in Nashville to be unveiled later this year

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Johnny Cash thrilled millions of fans during his singing career with a deep voice and unforgettable live performances. Starting this year, fans will finally have a place to worship their hero.

A museum honoring the late country legend is set to open in Nashville later this year. The new Johnny Cash shrine will be located on Nashville's main strip, Lower Broadway, providing easy access for music lovers.

The museum will feature a variety of pieces of memorabilia from Cash's singing and acting career. Bill Miller, a diehard Johnny Cash fan who has accumulated numerous pieces of interest regarding the performer, will operate the new museum. Additionally, Cash's family has agreed to donate some personal mementos to give the museum a more authentic feel.

Some of the pieces at the new museum will be coming over from the old Johnny Cash museum, The House of Cash, which was located in Henderson, Tennessee. That museum closed in 1999, leaving Cash fans with no place to honor the legend. The sign from the old museum will be one object on display at the new location in Nashville.

The museum is a fitting tribute to the so-called "Man in Black." Cash passed away in 2003 at age 71 from diabetes complications, meaning that this month he would have turned 80 years old.

Cash started recording in 1955, trading in his job selling appliances for a shot at fame. Less than a year later, Cash released "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk the Line," which both shot up the country charts and established Cash as one of the emerging talents on the music scene. He dabbled in an acting career before releasing perhaps his most well-known hit, "Ring of Fire," in 1963. The single sat atop the charts for seven weeks and was certified gold in 2010.

Cash earned the reputation as a must-see performer, delivering country, rock-and-roll concerts in his trademark black attire. When he passed away in 2003, Cash had released over 1,000 songs and among his achievements, he earned the No. 31 slot in Rolling Stone's list of the Top 100 artists of all-time, created in 2004.

In addition to the new museum, Cash's family is working to refurbish the superstar's childhood home in Arkansas. Plans are underway to return the house to the condition it was when Cash grew up there in the late 1930s to early 1940s, creating a second place for fans to honor Cash. Cash's adult home was sold to Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees, but it burned down in 2007.

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