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Rosanne Cash Biography

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Birth Name: Rosanne Cash
Born: 1955/05/24
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Years Active: 1978 - present
Genres: Country, Rock, Folk, Blues

Rosanne Cash (born May 24, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of the late country music singer Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin. Although Cash is often classified as a country artist, her music draws on many genres, including folk, pop, rock and blues.

Cash recorded her self-titled debut album in 1978 under the German label, Ariola. After signing with Columbia Records in 1979, Cash's second studio album, “Right or Wrong” was released. Its lead single, “No Memories Hangin' Around” (a duet with Bobby Bare) reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Cash's third studio release, 1981’s “Seven Year Ache” gained major success when the title track peaked at #1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart, followed by “My Baby Thinks He's a Train” and “Blue Moon with a Heartache,” which also reached the #1 spot.

The album's follow-up effort, 1982’s “Somewhere in the Stars” produced two Top 10 hits on the Billboard Country Songs chart. After a three-year hiatus, Cash issued “Rhythm & Romance” in 1985, which reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It spawned four Top 10 singles, including the #1 single, “I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me,” which won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1986.

Her sixth album, “King's Record Shop” was released in 1987. The album peaked at #6 on the Country Albums chart and certified gold in the United States. The four singles released from “King's Record Shop” all reached #1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart between 1987 and 1988, including a cover of Johnny Cash's “Tennessee Flat-Top Box.”

In 1990, Cash released her seventh studio recording, “Interiors,” which gained critical acclaim by music critics, but only produced one Top 40 single, “What We Really Want.” Her next release, 1993’s “The Wheel” was Cash's final release for Columbia and did not spawn any major hits.

In 1996, “10 Song Demo,” an eleven-track album of demo recordings, was released on Capitol Records. Cash returned to recording 2003 with her tenth studio release, “Rules of Travel,” which was produced by her husband, John Leventhal on Capitol. It was followed by 2006's “Black Cadillac,” which reflected upon the death of her father, her mother, and stepmother.

In October 2009, she issued her twelfth studio release, “The List,” which was based on a personal list given to her by her father that he considered to be the “one hundred essential country songs.”

To date, Rosanne Cash has sold 1.5 million records according to the Recording Industry Association of America.