USPS Honors Man in Black With New Music Icons Stamp

Today the U.S. Postal Service honors singer/songwriter Johnny Cash with a Forever® stamp, the second to be released in the brand-new Music Icons stamp series. (The first stamp in the series, which was released last month, honors Tejano superstar Lydia Mendoza.)

JohnnyCash-Forever-Single-StampReleaseCash is best known around the world as a country music artist. In 1977 he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and three years later, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Yet Cash’s influence extended into many other genres—including rock and roll, blues, and gospel. It’s no wonder, then, that he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1996, he received the Kennedy Center Honors, and three years later, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. President George W. Bush presented him with the 2001 National Medal of Arts for lifetime achievement.

“With his gravelly baritone and spare percussive guitar, Johnny Cash had a distinctive musical sound,” said Board of Governor’s member Dennis Toner. “His songs tackled sin and redemption, good and evil, selfishness, loneliness, temptation, love, loss and death.”

Rosanne Cash, one of the legendary singer’s daughters and a recording star in her own right, said the Forever® stamp was a great honor for any American, and an honor that would have particularly delighted her father. “It’s a joy to know that generations will use this stamp,” she said.

The Johnny Cash Forever® stamp is available now! You can find it online at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.

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