Country-music songwriting legend and first-wave rock 'n' roller Johnny Cash
is back in the hospital battling another case of pneumonia after being
admitted last week.
Cash is in the hospital in which he spent nearly a month in 1997
recovering from the same condition as well as an illness related to
Parkinson's Disease, officials at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., said.
The 66-year-old "Man In Black" is said to be in good condition. "He's still
about the same," hospital spokeswoman Jessica Etz said Tuesday (Sept.
29). "We really don't have any idea when he'll be going home."
While the hospital offered only scant details on Cash's condition, the
singer's manager told the Associated Press that Cash is feeling
better. "He's up and around and on the phone," Lou Robin said Monday.
Last November, Cash spent nearly a month at Baptist Hospital to treat
double pneumonia and Shy Drager Syndrome, a disorder related to Parkinson's
that causes fluctuations in blood pressure and speech and vision impairment.
The singer first revealed that he has Shy Drager during a concert in
when he had trouble maintaining his stability. He subsequently
canceled a rigorous schedule of concert appearances and book signings for
the then-newly released "Cash: The Autobiography."
In June, he surprised fans by taking the stage with country artist Kris
Kristofferson to sing "Sunday Morning Coming Down" at Nashville's Chet
Atkins Musician Days festival. It was his first and, to date, only
performance since announcing his condition.
Cash's storied career stretches back to the mid-1950s, when he
was a labelmate of rock icons Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl
Perkins at Memphis, Tenn.'s legendary Sun Records and recorded such
classics as "I
Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues." Cash -- whose wife, June Carter
Cash, was a member of the pioneering country-music clan the Carter Family
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
Earlier this year, Unchained, an album featuring Cash's rendition
of the Soundgarden song
Cage"(RealAudio excerpt of Cash's version), won a Grammy
award -- Cash's ninth -- for Best Country Album. His most recent collection,
VH1 Storytellers, was recorded during a television appearance with
country veteran Willie Nelson.