John Carter Cash, Larry Gatlin, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Roys, Marty Stuart, Randy Travis, and other entertainers paid tribute this week to legendary singer Johnny Cash as he was inducted into the Music Icons stamp series.
“It is an amazing blessing that my father, Johnny Cash be honored with this stamp,” said singer-songwriter and producer John Carter Cash. “Dad was a hardworking man, a man of dignity. As much as anything else he was a proud American, always supporting his family, fans, and country. I can think of no better way to pay due respect to his legacy than through the release of this stamp,”
“My family is thrilled that my father will grace a Postal Service Forever stamp, a great honor for any American, and an honor that would have particularly delighted him. It is a joy to know that generations will use this stamp, and my father will forever be where he loved to be: traveling the world,” added singer-songwriter and author Rosanne Cash, the music icon’s eldest daughter.
The dedication of the Johnny Cash Forever® stamp took place Wednesday at Ryman Auditorium, the same Nashville landmark where “The Johnny Cash Show”—which debuted 44 years ago today with guests Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and of course the Carter Family—was filmed.
Want to add the official Johnny Cash first-day-of-issue postmark to your collection? Buy the stamps and affix them to envelopes of your choice. Address the envelopes to yourself or others and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:
Johnny Cash Stamp
Nashville, TN 37202-9998
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, USPS will return the envelopes through the mail. While the first 50 postmarks are free, there is a 5-cent charge per postmark beyond that. All orders must be postmarked by Aug. 5, 2013.
The Johnny Cash Forever® stamp is available at usps.com/stamps, by calling 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide. The Music Icons series, which launched May 15, 2013, with the Lydia Mendoza Forever stamp, also will honor Ray Charles with a Forever stamp later this fall.