June Carter Cash almost literally had country music running in her veins. She was the daughter of Mother Maybelle Carter, one of the members of the original country music act, the Carter Family. She became a star in her own right and went on to even greater heights as the wife and musical partner of Johnny Cash. Last year she preceded Cash in death by a few months.
June Carter Cash wrote the immortal “Ring of Fire” together with Merle Kilgore about her experience falling in love with Cash: “I fell for you like a child/Oh, but the fire went wild.” On the occasion of her death, Rocket Man recalled that “Ring of Fire” was one of the first popular songs he could remember hearing, and that he still loves it. He reported that the afternoon after June Cash died, the song was played in tribute to her between innings at the Twins-White Sox game, and that everyone knew the words and sang along. It’s a special song.
Last month the Nashville Tennessean disclosed that a Florida television production company wanted to pitch the idea of using “Ring of Fire” in a commercial for Preparation H or similar products, and that the idea was agreeable with the song’s cowriter, Merle Kilgore.
Today Fox News reports that the superlative Rosanne Cash is quoted as stating that she and the Cash family have vetoed the song’s use for that purpose. “There is no way we will ever let that happen. We would never allow the song to be demeaned like that,” Cash stated. “He [Kilgore] started talking about this moronic tie-in without talking to any of us. The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it has always meant to me and that’s what it will always mean to the Cash children.” The Fox News story is “Cash family draws line around ‘Ring of Fire.'”
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