Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1993 Johnny Cash began four days of recording in producer Rick Rubin's living room in Los Angeles, backed only by his own guitar?

It’s true! It marked the start of work on his "American Recordings" album.

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Here are 5 interesting things about Johnny Cash that you might not have known.

  • Roy Orbison lived next door to Johnny Cash in Tennessee for 20 years.
  • He was once attacked by an ostrich. It’s true! He was left with five broken ribs and internal bleeding.
  • The scar on his face was from a botched surgical procedure. While he was in the Air Force, Cash had a cyst removed on his face.
  • He broke several of his toes while trying to kick the bars out of a jail cell.
  • He was allegedly the first person ever to be sued by the U.S. for igniting a forest fire after a camping mishap.