September 12, 2003:
Thoughts from Ronnie Lee Twist
In the wake of prayers and reflection surrounding the
2 year anniversary of 9-11, we wake up this morning to find we have lost a pioneer. Johnny Cash, good friend
and fellow performer has gone on to another place to join his wife, June for all eternity. John was an American
Hero whose music, stories and presence crossed the boundaries of music styles. John's fans ranged in age from
8 years old to 100 years old. I am deeply mournful over the loss of my mentor, my hero, my friend. It is a sad,
sad day in the entertainment industry. We also mourn the loss of John Ritter. A talented, funny man who brought
joy and laughter to everyone who ever saw him. He also, was tied strongly into Nashville and country music.
John, Son of Tex.
I will continue to perform the songs of Johnny Cash in my tribute to the man in black, though now, the
words have a deeper meaning to me. "Tribute". I think no performer deserves "tribute" as much as John.
He was recently voted #1 in the top, most influential male vocalists of the 20th century. I will continue to
pay homage to the music and the man.
God be with you and bless you, John. I know you are looking down now, up there with June, smiling.
You have gone home. We miss you very much.
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