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Country’s Most Shocking Moments – Johnny Cash Banned From the Grand Ole Opry

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The shocking scene from ‘Walk the Line’ wasn’t exaggerated for theatrical purposes. Johnny Cash did drunkenly smash all the lights on the front of the Grand Ole Opry stage in 1965.

“I don’t know how bad they wanted me in the first place,” he says, “but the night I broke all the lights on the stage with the microphone stand, they said they couldn’t use me anymore. So I left and used that as an excuse to really get wild and wound up in the hospital with my third time I broke my nose.”

Cash was eventually allowed to return, but the same can’t be said of Hank Williams, Sr., who died before making amends.

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