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A final album by Johnny Cash will be released Feb. 26, on what would have been his 78th birthday.

A final album by Johnny Cash will be released Feb. 26, on what would have been his 78th birthday.

American VI: Ain’t No Grave will include one of the last songs Cash ever wrote, I Corinthians: 15:55, based on a New Testament passage that reads “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

Produced by Rick Rubin, who also released the posthumous Cash album American V: A Hundred Highways, the collection is taken from recordings made in the last three years of Cash’s life, but not released.

The country star known as the Man in Black died on Sept. 12, 2003, four months after his wife, June Carter Cash, passed away.

Rubin and Cash had worked together since 1994, creating the American Recordings series which garnered six Grammy awards and introduced a new generation to Cash’s mournful tunes.

On American VI: Ain’t No Grave, Cash sings covers of Sheryl Crow’s Redemption Day, Kris Kristofferson’s For The Good Times and Tom Paxton’s Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound.

In a statement Wednesday, Rubin said Cash was plagued by poor health in his final months, but always wanted to work.

“Johnny said that recording was his main reason for being alive,” Rubin said. “I think it was the only thing that kept him going.”

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