"The Man in Black," Johnny Cash, passed away on September 12, 2003. From 1958 until the mid-1980's, he was one of Columbia Records' biggest-selling acts. However, when his sales began to taper off in the mid-80's, he was unceremoniously dropped from that label. In his final years, he recorded a large body of songs for what became known as the "American" albums, named after the label for which they were recorded, Rick Rubin's American Recordings. Those albums gave Cash's career a boost as he entered his twilight years.