Despite these troubles, however, there’s no doubt that the Cash-Carter partnership created some of the greatest country music of all time. The couple won two Grammys – one in 1967 and one in 1970 – for the duets “Jackson” and “If I Were a Carpenter,” respectively. Essentially, they were a power couple, long before the term existed.
In 1970, meanwhile, the pair had a son, John Carter Cash. Unfortunately, addiction still had a strong grip on both of them at the time. “My father, he wouldn’t be belligerent or violent,” John explained in his 2007 book Anchored In Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash. “It was never that way. He just would simply sort of slip out of the picture. It happened the same way with my mother.”