Johnny Cash’s first gold record is back where it belongs. The award, for what became one of his signature tunes, the 1956 Sun Records single “I Walk The Line,” was recently unveiled at The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, after museum owner Bill Miller was able to buy it back from its most recent owner.
Producer Sam Phillips originally presented Cash with the gold record, but after the singer died in 2002 it went up for auction, with the most recent owner being a collector in Germany.
“This is a piece we had to acquire – at any price – and return to its proper place, which is the Johnny Cash Museum," Miller said in a statement. "I held this award in my hands during my last visit with Johnny in early September in 2003. I feel good that it's in my hands again, this time for all the world to see and enjoy."