Singer-songwriter Johnny Cash moved with his family to a hillside home above Nye Road here in late summer 1961. He had been living with his wife, Vivian Liberto, and their four daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy and Tara, in Encino. Vivian hoped this move would put a stop to his growing issues with alcohol and drugs. His time here instead resulted in the most colorful and worst of the legendary Man in Black's bad-boy behavior — the pills, the booze, the binges, the arrests and the June 1965 forest fire above Fillmore that was ignited by his truck's exhaust system. A local minister befriended Cash and set up the first San Quentin and Fulsom Prison visits that would become a notable part of his career.
His rendition of "Ring of Fire" was a crossover hit, reaching No. 1 on the country charts and the Top 20 on the pop charts during his time here. His drug and alcohol abuse as well as constant touring, affairs with other women, and his close relationship with June Carter led his wife to file for divorce in 1966 and it was granted the next year.