Johnny Cash Battles Pneumonia In Hospital

No word from hospital officials on when the 'Man In Black' will be released.

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

October 1997

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

-- was

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.