IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY– AUGUST 5, 1968– LUTHER PERKINS- GUITARIST FOR JOHNNY CASH DIES AT 40

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It was fifty years ago today- August 5, 1968 Luther Perkins the guitarist for Johnny Cash died.  In the early morning hours of August 3 Perkins had come home from a fishing trip and fell asleep on his couch with a cigarette in his hands. His niece woke up and found the living room in flames. Perkins was found collapsed by the door. He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Hospital where he was placed in intensive care until his death.

Pallbearers at his funeral included Roger Miller, Johnny Cash and Marshall Grant. Before the casket was lowered into the grave everyone gave Johnny Cash a moment alone with his friend. Johnny’s brother Tommy said he heard Johnny say “Thank you, Luther.” Cash and his wife June Carter Cash are buried near Luther Perkins grave in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

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