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Bee Gee buys Johnny Cash's house
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash's career spanned more than 50 years
The house where country star Johnny Cash lived for 35 years has been bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb.

Gibb and his wife Linda bought the rustic retreat near Nashville, Tennessee, for an undisclosed sum, a Cash family lawyer said.

The couple said they had fallen in love with the house and planned to preserve it to honour the Cash memory.

Johnny Cash died in September 2003 aged 71, soon after the death of his wife, June Carter Cash.

The retreat, which has seen visitors including US presidents and ordinary fans, went on the market in June with an asking price of $2.9m (1.7m). This was later lowered to $2.5m (1.5m).

Gibb has had global success as part of the Bee Gees

The house, which has 4.6 acres of land, is in Hendersonville, 13 miles north-east of Nashville.

It was purchased by Balinda, a Florida-based company owned by Gibb and his wife, the lawyer said.

Gibb said the house would "always be the spiritual home for the Cashes".

He added: "My wife, Linda, and I are determined to preserve it, to honour their memory. We fell in love with it. It's an incredible honour for us.

"We plan to use the home to write songs because of the musical inspiration."

Johnny Cash's career spanned more than 50 years, and included hits such as Ring of Fire, Folsom Prison Blues and I Walk the Line.

The Bee Gees are best known for their disco hits of the late 1970s, including Jive Talkin' and Night Fever.

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