An enlargement of the Johnny Cash Forever® stamp will be unveiled during a special dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in the garden area of the Avila Beach Post Office (191 San Miguel Street, Avila Beach, California).
Special guest will be famed photographer Frank Bez, who took the original 1963 photo featured on the stamp. Mr. Bez will share his recollections of Johnny Cash and the famous photo shoot, as well as sign sheets of the Johnny Cash stamps.
Bez’s career was set in motion about 60 years ago when he was given a 616 Kodak camera for his birthday. After a stint in the Army as a videographer, he landed in Hollywood and started photographing some of the most spectacular stars of the 1950s and 60s, including Natalie Wood, Raquel Welch, Angie Dickinson, Duke Ellington, Jim Morrison, and Johnny Cash. Bez is now retired and resides in Avila Beach.
Johnny Cash stamp sheets autographed by Mr. Bez will be sold at the Avila Beach Post Office after the June 19 event while supplies last.