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This week in 1971: The U.S. began its second decade of involvement in Vietnam; Berkeley, California, chemists announced the first synthetic production of growth hormones; New York City Police ended a six-day strike; and a singer from Kingsland, Arkansas, had his 73rd hit record.

According to Johnny Cash, spending some time with Mother Nature prompted him to write his 1971 hit, "Flesh and Blood."

Cash took his wife June, daughters Carlene and Rose Carter into the countryside for a picnic in DeKalb County, Tennessee. The family enjoyed an afternoon wiener roast on the banks of a creek.

He commented, "The beauty of nature, the sights and sounds of the water, the shade trees, and the bird just hit home to me, but at the same time, I realized that the love of my wife was even more important. And all of that just hit home and started me to writing "Flesh And Blood."

Cash's Columbia Records single "Flesh And Blood" entered the country music charts Dec. 19, 1970 and six weeks later, the song was at the top of the charts the week of Jan. 30, 1971.

The song was also included in the movie "I Walk The Line," starring Gregory Peck. It was Cash's 73rd charted song and his 12th No. 1.

Cash placed 135 songs on the country music charts between 1955 and 2003 — including 13 No. 1s. Fifty-one of those 135 charted country songs also placed on the pop charts.

Johnny Cash joined The Grand Ole Opry in 1956; was inducted into The Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1980 and The R&R Hall Of Fame in 1992.

He died in 2003.


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