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  • Mar 23, 1985
    Ray Charles takes "Friendship" to the top of the Billboard country albums chart. His duet partners on the project include Ricky Skaggs, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Hank Williams Jr., The Oak Ridge Boys, Merle Haggard, Mickey Gilley, B.J. Thomas, Janie Fricke and Johnny Cash
    Apr 21, 1985
    Johnny Cash enters Nashville's Baptist Hospital for surgery to repair abdominal scar tissue from a previous operation
    Apr 22, 1985
    Johnny Cash undergoes abdominal surgery at Baptist Hospital in Nashville
    May 1, 1985
    Johnny Cash is released from Nashville's Baptist Hospital days after surgery for abdominal scar tissue
    May 2, 1985
    Columbia releases the "Highwayman" album, teaming Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
    May 26, 1985
    Not a bad replacement: Waylon Jennings fills in for Johnny Cash guitarist Bob Wootton at a concert in Toronto, when Wootton is called away for a family emergency
    Jul 4, 1985
    Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in Austin features the first live assembly of the Highwaymen: Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Also in the lineup are Neil Young, Hank Snow and June Carter Cash
    Jul 28, 1985
    Johnny Cash & June Carter perform for 85,000 people during a Billy Graham Crusade at Anaheim Stadium in California
    Aug 17, 1985
    "Highwayman" appears at the top of the Billboard country singles chart, teaming Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
    Aug 19, 1985
    June Carter Cash takes the desk for Ralph Emery on the TNN talk show "Nashville Now." Her guests include Merle Haggard and Rosey Carter, and husband Johnny Cash makes an unannounced late appearance

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