Johnny Cash’s Home Burned To The Ground

Very sad news for Johnny Cash fans and music history buffs, as the Man In Black’s 40-year-old home — the only house shared by Johnny and June during marriage — was engulfed in flames and destroyed yesterday. Via AP:

Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived in the 13,880-square-foot home from the late 1960s until their deaths in 2003. Barry Gibb, a former member of the Bee Gees, purchased the home in 2006 and had hoped to remodel it and eventually write songs there with his wife.

“So many prominent things and prominent people in American history took place in that house ? everyone from Billy Graham to Bob Dylan went into that house,” said singer Marty Stuart, who lives next door and was married to Cash’s daughter, Cindy, in the 1980s.

Stuart said the man who designed the house, Nashville builder Braxton Dixon, was “the closest thing this part of the country had to Frank Lloyd Wright.”

While the cause of the fire is unknown, it spread quickly because of “a flammable wood preservative” applied both inside and to the exterior of the house by the remodeling crew. This is not a good day to be Barry Gibb. “Maybe it’s the good Lord’s way to make sure that it was only Johnny’s house,” said neighbor Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys. Watch Johnny’s “Hurt” video for scenes from the storied home.